Overlooking beautiful St. Andrew's Bay, with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, and benefiting from diverse cultures, Panama City offers an abundance of unique culinary experiences. With charming restaurants speckling the city, from the iconic oyster bars and seafood shacks to laid-back waterfront dives, there's a reason why foodies love Panama City! We want to introduce you to the talented people behind the restaurants we all love.
Meet Jameson Hammond, Bartender at Black & White Tavern
How would you describe the Black & White Tavern?
Classical family setting, upscale food, good music and friendly!
What dish would you recommend to a first-time visitor?
Panned seared scallops, which is four Uten diver scallops on top of low county style red rice, tossed in smoked tomato butter.
What is your favorite cocktail to make?
Blood orange margarita
When you aren't making craft cocktails, where is your favorite place to relax in Panama City?
Mosey's Downtown. It has a laid-back vibe. Great live music and the pizza is fantastic. I've also known the owner, since I was three...so that helps.
If money wasn't a problem, what four places in Panama City would you spend the most money?
g. Foley's, the upstairs bar at Uncle Ernie's and Hunt's Oyster Bar because I love the oysters there.
Let's say, you're showing your out of town friend what life is like in Panama City. What would you do and where would you take them?
We would drive down beach drive on July 4th (I'm being very specific), set up our lawn chairs, because it's one of the best spots to watch the sunset and see the fireworks. Then take them to see Downtown Panama City and Historic St. Andrews because there is a ton of stuff going on and live music everywhere. Then take them back to mom's house for homemade ice cream. She makes the best ice cream!
Why is the glass always half full in Panama City?
Because before you finish your drink, we are already asking if you're ready for another.
Visit the Destination Panama City blog to read the full interview!