hunt’s oyster bar in panama city.

As mentioned in my last post, I joined Chris on his business trip to Panama City last weekend!  The plan was to go from Thursday night to Saturday night, but because of Hurricane Irene, our flights home kept getting canceled… so we ended up being stuck until early Monday morning!  Not a bad situation.  :)  We were truly so thankful for the extended getaway, and really enjoyed ourselves!

We looked at restaurant reviews going into the trip, and one place stood out FAR above the rest: Hunt’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant.  Check out Yelp and TripAdvisor, and you’ll see… we almost felt like we’d regret it if we didn’t try it out!

I wish I had taken a picture of the place when we walked up to it, around 8pm on Friday night.  There were probably 20 people waiting outside for their names to be called.  Most of them had a beer in hand, and there was a loud college football team argument going on among strangers.  In fact, it was hard to tell who was in what friend group!  Everyone seemed to be having the time of their life, even as they were waiting to go in.  It was a ROWDY scene.

Chris and I got called in after about a half hour, and sat at the bar.  It was so much fun!  We only ate oysters… 3 dozen of them between us, to be exact!  (Actually, the exact number might have even been a few more, since they threw in some extra!)  The oysters were SO fresh and amazing.  We ordered raw oysters, steamed oysters, cajun-baked oysters, and three cheese jalapeño oysters.  We could not stop eating the oysters!

Here are some pictures of the progression:

Oysters #1

Oysters #2

Oysters #3

Oysters #4 (The Aftermath)

Not only were the oysters incredible, but the wait staff was great… very attentive and fast.  The spirit of the restaurant was so lively!  Everyone was having a fun night.  This place was simply a laid-back and no nonsense gem of a restaurant.  We’ll definitely be back next time we’re in Panama City!

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date night at bwi – obrycki’s.

I was so excited when Chris was asked to go to a last-minute work meeting in Panama City last Friday! It worked out perfectly for me to join him, and so on our normal Thursday night “date night,” we found ourselves killing some time in Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

We were wandering around, trying to find some food, when we saw a sign for Obrycki’s Crab House, “one of the 10 Best Airport Restaurants in the U.S. by Frommer’s.”

Obrycki's - A Top Ten Airport Restaurant!

We are both suckers for these sorts of lists, so though we continued some more restaurant-shopping throughout the B terminal, we knew where we were going to end up eventually.

Obrycki's

The overall experience was great.  Chris had a beer and I ordered a lime margarita (not as good as the homemade ones I love, but very delightful!).  We started with some mozzarella sticks, then ordered crab dishes.  Here are my Crab Cake Sliders (with cocktail, tartar and remoulade sauces).  You might be able to see Chris’ Broiled Crab Cake, in the background.

Crab Cake Sliders w/ cocktail, tartar & remoulade sauces. (Broiled Crab Cake in background.)

You might not expect to have a fine dining experience at an airport, but let me tell you… Obrycki’s knows what to do!  Check out BWI or Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for a Top Ten airport meal!