Walking into Montego Bay Seafood House, you feel as if you've made a quick trip to Jamaica. The colorful decor is charmingly Caribbean. The food is -- for the most part -- pretty tasty.
We decided to try Montego Bay for something a bit different from the grilled and fried seafood selections we typically eat in PCB. I checked online reviews and found them to be mixed. But after browsing the online menu, we were curious enough to give Montego Bay a try.
We started with two appetizers. One of them I loved (keep reading). . .
We started with Coconut Shrimp and Maryland Crab Cake appetizers. I cannot tell a lie ... the crab cakes were disappointing (lots of filler). But the shrimp was a hit ... as in "hit the spot" delicious. They are marinated in sweet coconut rum and rolled in fresh coconut, then fried to a golden brown and served with a Mobay Sauce on the side. Montego Bay offers a lengthy list of starters and a Montego Bay Combo Platter if you want to sample eight items plus fries. We saw a plate of fried pickle spears headed for another table that looked tempting.
Montego Bay offers Cajun dishes like Jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, as well as fresh seafood grilled and fried, oysters, steak, ribs and chicken. I selected Jamaican Shrimp, which was served over a bed of Cuban rice with one side dish and a dinner salad. Ten shrimp were char-grilled with onions, red and green peppers in a sweet and sour Jamaican glaze. The rice had a spicy kick which was the perfect complement to the sweet and sour sauce. Never one to shy away from an extra carb, I chose the new potatoes as my side and they were seasoned just right.
I loved the hush puppies that came with both our meals. They were slightly sweet; my favorite kind. I also enjoyed the Calypso house dressing on my salad. It was creamy, sweet and spicy. My husband had the Caesar and said it was a little bland. Ironically, after choosing this restaurant for its change of pace features, he elected to have his usual grilled grouper. And after the disappointing crab cakes, he wasn't expecting to be extremely impressed with the grouper. But he said it was much better than he anticipated; even better than the previous night's grouper at a restaurant known for its seafood.
I had read about the Key Lime Pie online. We really had no room left for dessert. But since one review was a rave and the other was a pan, I was too curious to pass. It was just okay. They serve it frozen and it really didn't have a whole lot of flavor. But my frozen Peach Rita was excellent and they threw in the souvenir glass.
Montego Bay Seafood House opens at 11:00 am for lunch and dinner, offering two locations to choose from in Panama City Beach:
473 Richard Jackson Blvd. (The Shoppes at Edgewater)
Panama City Beach, FL
4920 Thomas Dr. (at the “curve”)
Panama City Beach, FL
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