Visit Panama City Beach Spring 2016 Article

Award Winning Gumbo

Award Winning Gumbo

We at Dat Cajun Place are proud to announce our newest debut in the 2016 Spring addition of Visit Panama City Beach Magazine! Read below to see details about our fast growing business here in Panama City Beach, Florida!!

Dat Cajun Place
It was an ill wind – named Katrina – that brought Trudy White and her now-husband to Panama City Beach 10 years ago. Their homes in New Orleans were ruined by the hurricane and, at first, they thought they’d rebuild and return to the Crescent City. Instead, White decided she liked her new home just fine and brought the Louisiana spirit to the beach. Dat Cajun Place started out three and a half years ago as a small sandwich shop. But “my little hobby…kind of took a turn of its own” she says, and quickly grew to a sprawling 5,000-square-foot restaurant that includes two bars, live music, multiple televisions, a dance floor, a “Mardi Gras” patio and an extensive menu of Cajun classics and casual food favorites. “It’s a bar atmosphere, but at the same time we try to keep it as family-friendly as we can,” says White. “Even on a Friday night when we’re slam busy, and the band is playing, we’ll have 10 or 12 little kids on the dance floor.”
The Food: White’s version of shrimp and grits features creamy Southern-style grits made with tasso ham and gouda cheese, and grilled shrimp and Cajun gravy. The bowl is topped off with a steamed lobster claw. The Nawlins Po’Boy features her husband’s recipe for flank steak, sliced thin and piled high, and served with the restaurant’s homemade Voodoo Sauce. Every Friday night there’s a seafood boil – crawfish when they’re in season (about the first six months of the year) and shrimp the rest of the year. – Courtesy of


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