19 OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS NEAR TYNDALL AFB
By Andrew Karcher
IntroductionWelcome to Tyndall AFB, located about 15 miles southeast of Panama City. This coastal, military-friendly town offers many relaxing and fun recreational options. Between days at the beach you’re bound to work up an appetite. Need a jumping off point as you explore the area around Tyndall AFB? Below is a sampling of restaurants on Tyndall AFB and in the surrounding area of Panama City, FL. If you have a specific craving, click any of the links below and it will take you straight to the information. Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, it is best to call ahead to confirm restaurant hours. (1-3) Fast Food Restaurants on Tyndall AFB (4-6) Yelp’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (7-9) Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (10) Veteran-Owned Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (11-14) Fast Food Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (15) Breakfast Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (16) Breweries Near Tyndall AFB (17) Korean Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (18) Mexican Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB (19) Pizza Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB
Suggested Read:Tyndall Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center
Tyndall AFB Restaurants
1. Happy Cup CaféBuilding 950. 220 Mall Ln. Suite 2 Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
Phone: 1 (850) 286-6001
2. Charley’sBuilding 950. 220 Mall Ln. Suite 2 Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
Phone: 1 (850) 286-6440
3. SubwayBuilding 970 468 Illinois Ave. Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
Phone: 1 (850) 826-1230
Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB
Yelp’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB
4. FINNS Island Style Grub St. Andrews2808 W. 12th St. Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 1 (850) 215-9273 FINNS has three locations in the area and each offers something a little different. This location, Island Style Grub in St. Andrews, is the perfect choice to grab some fresh seafood tacos and sit on their large outdoor deck. The seared ahi tuna tacos are a favorite among guests. Not a seafood fan? No problem, as FINNS also serves up carne asada, carnitas, jerk chicken, and veggie tacos. If you’re not in the mood for tacos, most items they cook up can be converted into a quesadilla or burrito bowl.
5. Uncle Ernie's Bayfront Bar & Grill1151 Bayview Ave. Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 1 (850) 763-8427 Uncle Ernie’s is famed among locals for the sunset -- their website even has a live feed of the horizon called Sunset Cam. They claim to have “Bay County’s Most Beautiful Sunset” and it’s hard to argue. Pick an evening to sit on the upstairs deck of this historic house-turned-restaurant, enjoy some live music, and wait for that spectacular marina sunset. As for the food, patrons love the crab cakes as an appetizer or entrée as well as the grilled grouper. Steaks and burgers are available for the non-seafood fans. Since it’s Florida, there’s worse ways to cap the night than with a slice of key lime pie.
6. Bayou Joe’s Marina & Grill112A E. 3rd Ct. Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 1 (850) 763-6442 One advantage to your posting at Tyndall AFB is there’s no shortage of dining options on the water. Bayou Joe’s is no different, as they sit on a dock overlooking the Massalina Bayou. Grab one of their signature Bayou Baskets and a beer and enjoy the view. Joe’s also serves breakfast, from staples like omelets and French toast to localized specialties like catfish & eggs.
Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB
7. Gary’s Oyster Shack1320 N. Tyndall Pkwy Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 348-1116 Gary’s Oyster Shack specializes in cajun flavors such as their pasta with andouille sausage. But if you come here, as the name suggests, it’s probably for the oysters. Gary’s serves their oysters raw, baked, fried, and “steakhouse” style -- char grilled and topped with their house marinade.
8. Hunt’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant1150 Beck Ave. Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 1 (850) 763-9645 Still craving oysters? Then Hunt’s Oyster Bar has you covered. They prepare their oysters eight ways, including cajun baked and three-cheese jalapeno. Hunt’s offers plenty of other seafood and cajun dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the fried gator tail. If not, stick to a classic like a shrimp po-boy or cheeseburger. Hunt’s is a great place to grab some fried food and a pitcher of beer with some buddies. Be advised that this local institution -- family owned and operated since 1966 -- can get quite busy during peak hours.
9. The Grand Marlin of Panama City Beach5323 N. Lagoon Dr. Panama City, FL 32408
Phone: 1 (850) 249-1500 Outstanding fresh seafood, great service, and great views highlight The Grand Marlin. The main dining area even includes a shucked-to-order oyster bar. The Grand Marlin also offers a diverse list of spirits, beers, and an impressive wine list of more than 80 bottles.
Veteran-Owned Restaurants Near Tyndall AFB
10. Alibi Beach Lounge & Grill8010 Surf Dr. Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone: 1 (850) 588-6957 Alibi’s fun, relaxed atmosphere makes for a great lunch spot. Burgers and classic diner sandwiches like reubens and patty melts are always a great option. But why not try the pretzel bites with beer cheese or split an order of loaded chicken nachos? Given that Alibi is a few steps from the beach, you might prefer to stop by after the sun sets. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. Alibi is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and they host live music every night. Not to mention that they claim to serve stiff drinks.
11. Chick-fil-A401 N. Tyndall Pkwy. Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 872-1512
12. Arby’s141 S. Tyndall Pkwy. Callaway, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 872-9204
13. McDonald’s121 N. Tyndall Pkwy. Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 785-8097
14. Starbucks740 N. Tyndall Pkwy. Callaway, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 522-8279
Breakfast Restaurants in Panama City
15. Coram’s Steak and Egg804 S. Tyndall Pkwy. Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 763-3447 Coram’s serves classic breakfast grub. All mornings are better with some hot coffee, bacon, eggs, and toast. Their signature dish is the Heavenly Hash, a plate of hash browns tossed with peppers, cheese, and all sorts of other goodness. Keep in mind Coram’s is a cash only establishment.
Panama City Brewery
16. History Class Brewing Company6 E. 4th St. Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 1 (850) 801-2337 With 15 beers on tap, any beer fan is sure to find something to quench their thirst at History Class Brewing. If you’re not the biggest beer fan, hard seltzers and ciders are also available. Their kitchen serves snacks and sandwiches in case you get hungry between pints.
Korean Restaurant, Panama City
17. Seoul Red Barn4924 E. Highway 98 Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 874-9050 Seoul Red Barn is a true hidden gem, a specialty Asian market that is also home to excellent Korean takeout. Everything on the menu looks and sounds delicious, from the kimchi soup to the beef bulgogi plates.
Panama City Mexican Restaurants
18. Maddie’s La Casita561 Harrison Ave. Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: 1 (850) 784-6817 Maddie’s cooks up all your Mexican food favorites. Combination plates are available when you can’t decide what you want from their ample menu. The beef chile rellenos are a particular favorite among diners.
Panama City Pizza
19. Pizzeria Napoli6144 E. Highway 98 Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: 1 (850) 522-8900 A no frills New York-style pizza joint. Pizzeria Napoli’s menu also features Italian sub sandwiches, calzones, and strombolis.
ConclusionMoving is usually a stressful experience, but one of the best ways to alleviate that stress is with a great meal. We hope this list provides a starting point to your restaurant journey during your time at Tyndall AFB. Check with friends and neighbors to see what some of their local favorites are.
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