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Hi, we are a family of four from NE Ohio and we're going to be in PC for a week in June. Never been there before (although we have been to Destin, Navarre Beach, Orange Beach, etc.) What should we not miss as far as restaurants/food in the PC area??? We love all types of seafood & that will be our main focus - fresh seafood. One of our children turns 21 the week we are in PC - any ideas for a fun & memorable place for a 21st birthday dinner??? Thanks -you CH'ers have always come through with great recommendations!

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  1. Hunt's Oyster Bar in town for oysters. On the beach, I have not been but most of my people up there like a place called Firefly for their fun occasion dinners. The food is supposed to be really good. I love J. Michaels on Thomas Dr. He has been in business for years and runs a good restaurant. Old standby is Capt Anderson's. Yes, they cater to tourists but locals eat there too because the food is good. She crab soup, sauteed peel n eat shrimp, good Greek salads with crab claws, and my favorite- scamp imperial. For breakfast go to Coram's and get the heavenly hash. Have a fun trip!

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    1. re: rhnault

      Great ideas! Thanks for the suggestions.....a good start!

      1. re: CurryLover

        I also saw that Firefly was the restaurant the First Family dined at when in the PC area last year.

        1. re: CurryLover

          My family enjoys eating there.

    2. It's been a couple of years since I've been to pc, but genes oyster bar used to be the best classic oyster bar around. Not in the tourist area but a great oyster place.

      http://www.google.com/m/place?cid=150...

      Still getting some good reviews.

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      1. re: herbert1

        Thanks - I'll add that to my list. I like to try to avoid the tourist areas part of the time & focus on good quality food. I hope others will chime in with more recommendations so that I have a big list with lots of choices when we leave home for PC.

      2. A couple of weeks ago, I flew in/out of P City. On the way home, we stopped at a little place under the bridge on the road you take from P City to the airport. There's a big sign there for a place called Boondocks. But, the place we went was on the other side of the highway. It's really a fish market, but they have lunches. Just a few tables, most of them outside by the river. We had crabs and scamp. It was cheap, fresh, good food. Enjoyed it a lot! I can't remember the name!

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        1. re: onrushpam

          That sounds like my kind of place, too - reminds me of Star Market in Bradenton Beach - no frills but good fresh seafood. Trying to balance out the trip with culinary experiences in both fine dining & no frills local picnic table types of places. The 21st birthday celebration needs to be "fine dining" but we can do lunches/cheap dinners other times. Thanks for sharing!

          1. re: onrushpam

            Trying to figure out what it may have been on Google Maps. Possibly West Bay Seafood?

            1. re: LauraEatz

              I just looked @ Google Maps and if the location shown is correct for West Bay Seafood, that wasn't it. This place was right on the water.

          2. We went to PCB after spending a week at Blue Mountain beach with our kids and grandkids. The two days in PCB was to revisit places we had been on our honeymoon. Actually stayed at the same hotel. Anyway, one night we passed up Boat Yard and Captain Andersons to eat at Billy's Oyster Bar. We ended up eating at the bar and watching a guy shuck oysters all night. They had delicious Parmesan crab steamed oysters and their soft shell crab was delicious. More our type of place even though the other two got great reviews.