ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dirty Dicks Crab House in Panama City Review

Updated on September 8, 2010

Dirty Dicks Crabs

When you go to the coast, you should always try the local seafood restaurants. Some of them may have other locations, but if they're coastal, you know the food is going to be good.... At least you hope that it will be.

While in Florida, I tried to stick with eating at restaurants that I don't have locally at home, and since I don't have a crab house, I had to check out Dirty Dicks Crabs. What is going to sound crazy, is that no one at the table actually ordered just a plate of crabs.

The plates at the table consisted of things like the Shrimp, Scallops, and Lobster Kabobs platter and the Shrimp Tortelloni pasta.

But, if you're looking at going to Panama City Beach, Florida, you want to check out this restaurant. They have an award winning taste, indoor and outdoor seating, room for small parties and large groups, and enough seating for 325 people.

Although, the restaurant is all about fun, with their cute shirts with silly innuendos, their main focus is the food. They make all soups, dressings, sauces, and just about everything else fresh in-house daily.

Looking at the menu, I wasn't sure where to start, I knew I wanted an appetizer, but as for which one or what meal I wanted, I had no clue. Checking the day's specialities, my boyfriend decided that he wanted one of the large boat plates, which was basically a Lo Country Bull, so that was our meal.

While waiting for our meal, the waiter continuously brought us hush puppies. They were magnificent. I'm not usually a big hush puppy eater, but these were great. They didn't have huge onions chopped up and blended in with them, and they were served hot. Granted we did get an order that was slightly overcooked and a little tough, but when there were cooked just right, these hush puppies were by far the best I've ever eaten. The hush puppies alone were enough for me to want to go back.

The Food:

As an appetizer, I debated between the stuffed mushrooms or the fried pickles. Both were about the same price and both are easy to mess up -no flavor in the stuffing that's in the mushrooms or overly greasy pickles. I ended up choosing the stuffed mushrooms. When they arrived, I expected several small mushrooms, but instead, I received two jumbo sized stuffed mushrooms.

The mushrooms are stuffed with blue crab and they're baked and topped with "Alfredeaux" sauce. They were pretty good. Large, but good. After the several rounds of hush puppies and the two large stuffed mushrooms, I was getting full; luckily, I had about 4 other people helping out with the mushrooms.

When we received the main entree, the large trinity platter, I didn't know where to start. First off, I'm not a big fan of having to work to get to my food, so having to de-vein the shrimp cracking open crab legs, wasn't my cup of tea.

The trinity platter consisted of a few new potatoes, a small corn on the cob, 2 extra large craw fish, one pound of shrimp, one pound of snow crab, and one pound of blue crab.

The platter itself was something that more than two people could have shared, but I'll admit it didn't take long to get hungry again. The more that you have to work for your food, the more food it takes to get full, and the less time it takes to get hungry again.

As for the food itself, it was pretty good. There was a good bit of seasoning on the food. It was a little spicy, but I like spice, so that wasn't a problem for me.

Dirty Dicks Crab House has a total of three locations. Two in the Outer Banks (Kill Devil Hills and Avon), as well as the one location in Panama City Beach, Florida. You definitely want to check them out, but make sure that you are prepared to bring your wallet because it's not cheap.

We were hoping to get out cheap by splitting a meal, but that doesn't happen when the trinity platter is about $60 alone. Then you have to add in two sweat teas, the appetizer, and then the gratuity. Our bill for two people was around $90. What is pathetic is that as a group of 5, we set out looking for a restaurant that we could all get out with the group bill being under or right around $100 for everyone. A local told us about a seafood place that was pretty cheap, but after hunting it down, we found it was closed and set toward Dirty Dicks, which is probably one of the most expensive places we could have found.


I found that the food was full of flavor, but it definitely got cold quick. I would be willing to go back to the restaurant when in Panama City Beach again, as the hush puppies provided at the beginning of the meal and even the stuffed mushrooms were great. I would probably scour the menu a little better in attempts to find something cheaper to eat as my main entree, though.

So, if you're willing to spend the money, I'd recommend trying out Dirty Dicks Crab House, and if you find that you have some extra cash after the meal, check out the logo apparel, as they do have shirts, shorts, hats, and boxers for sale at the restaurant (if you just want a shirt, you don't have to go to Panama City, you can order it online).

I didn't buy a shirt or any souvenir item from the crab shack, but the shirts are definitely popular all around.

Have you eaten at a Dirty Dicks Crab House Location?

See results

If yes, how did you like the food?

See results

Other Restaurant Reviews


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)