Paula Deen Coming Back to Panama City Beach

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Psst… did you hear the news? Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is coming back to Panama City Beach! That’s right, soon locals and visitors will once again get to indulge in the best of Southern food and Southern hospitality.

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Though Paula Deen’s restaurant originally opened in April of 2019, its doors closed only a few months later, in November 2019. At the time, Paula Deen Ventures released a statement saying the company “plans to work with the landlords at these locations while considering to reopen next spring.” We Paula Deen fans have had to wait slightly longer than hoped for the good news but are now eagerly looking forward to the new opening date at Pier Park in Panama City Beach on March 8, 2021.

Paula Deen Fried Chicken

Why all the hype behind the reopening of this iconic establishment? Well, a lot of reasons! These include great food, great staff, great hospitality, and a great family-style dining environment. The restaurant strives to combine well-loved Southern meals with classic Southern hospitality. To do this, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen boasts a staff who embody that warm, friendly, and welcoming attitude that is typical of the South—no matter which location you visit.

As its website says,

“Good food is nothing without good people…And, just like our name suggests, we are a FAMILY. From our chefs who prepare Paula’s recipes to our wait staff and retail experts, everyone in our building knows what it means to make our guests feel at home.”

Paula Deen Mac N Cheese

When you dine at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, you are not only treated like family but also served the tastiest Southern food you could imagine. Here, you’ll experience true “comfort” food. The menu features Paula Deen’s own recipes, each of which you can find in Paula Deen’s cookbooks. And while the dishes might be delicious when you make them, they’re always better when someone else does the cooking for you! Deen often makes her way to different locations, and she of course, leads by example, sharing her cheery demeanor and knowledge with the staff.

Food is made fresh every day, ensuring quality in every bite. Some popular menu items include Best Ever Southern Fried Chicken, Ol’ Fashioned Southern Meatloaf, Chicken and Dumplings, Baked Mac and Cheese, Poppyseed Tossed Salad and more. And we can’t forget about dessert, which includes Deen’s famous Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Banana Pudding, and Seasonal Cobbler. We bet your mouth is watering just thinking about it—and we don’t blame you!


Another thing to love about Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is the family-style dining concept. This is different than traditional dining in that rather than ordering individual meals, platters are shared with the entire table. Sharing is caring, and that is more than true at Paula Deen’s. There’s no better way to connect with your family and friends than over a delicious, shared meal.

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2021 is well underway, so mark March 8 on your calendar, as you’ll want to visit this Southern favorite as soon as you can. Also, be sure to check out our vacation rental selection, which includes rentals from Destin to PCB. With a Panama City Beach vacation rental, you’ll not only be right next door to Paula Deen’s at Pier Park, but you’ll also have convenient access to the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches. Talk about a good vacation!