We just returned from a long weekend visiting my daughter and son-in-law at their beach bungalow in Panymaw (that's Panama City Beach for our northern readers). It was great to get away from the Oracle for a few days.
The Belle of Ballast Point and I enjoyed a weekend of fun and sun on a sandy beach, not to mention many dozens of juicy, salty and delicious Apalachicola oysters on the half shell - perfectly shucked and served. To clarify; I enjoyed the oysters. The B of B-P has eschewed raw oysters ever since she learned that they are served while still alive.
We started our oyster odyssey at Ouzts Too at the St. Marks River Bridge. If you have never been to Ouzts Too you don't know what you are missing. They've got an oyster shuckin' woman there who can shuck'em better than any man can.
Ouzts Too is a quaint little shack just off U.S. 98 about midway between Panama City and Perry. Their menu includes smoked mullet, fried seafood baskets, pit smoked barbeque, but the star of the show (for me, anyway) are the perfectly shucked oysters.
If you find yourself on that long lonely stretch of 98, do yourself a favor and stop in for a beer and a bite. Your taste buds will thank you.
From Ouzts we headed for Shuckum's on the beach in Panymaw where we stuffed ourselves with more of those tasty Apalachicola treats. We are always treated like royalty at Shuckum's. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Mack, the owner, is married to my stunningly beautiful daughter Terri.