When in Rome. . . and the same goes for Panama City Beach and the tradition of eating fresh, delicious seafood. This seems to happen frequently and quite happily at the locally beloved Dee’s Hangout. This unsurprising local favorite is a cozy, bare-bones and no-frill eatery within a strip mall space, an overall quite homey eatery specializing in Cajun cuisine. Outside Dee’s hangout, you will find an unexciting and uninviting looking building, while inside you will find a warm atmosphere and friendly staff, making this cajun and creole restaurant a bit of a hole-in-the-wall within the city. All that being said, Dee’s is a point on the beach where you can find some of the most flavorful and fresh seafood and you truly aren’t going to want to miss it.
As you may have guessed, the food within is a mix of authentic Creole and highly delicious Cajun seafood dishes, including everything from shrimp po' boys to jalapeno oysters. Most people come here for the Fresh Cajun Platter, a large plate full of fried catfish, chicken gumbo, shrimp etouffee, coleslaw, and hush puppies. There are several other various favorites from Dee’s too, such as the Cajun Spiced Jambalaya, Smoked Tuna Dip, and locally sourced pale ale from Grayton Beer company. There are many, many delicious options here at Dee’s, with the lunch, dinner, kids, catering, and holiday menus all to show for it! Be sure to save room for Dee’s homemade banana Pudding, as well as check the iconic chalkboard along the walls for the daily specials from this New Orleans Style eatery. Dee’s strives to be so authentic that they actually import their French Bread from NOLA weekly!