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Buddy’s Seafood Market

Buddy'sBuddy’s Seafood Market has a history dating back to the 1980s. It was started by the Wood family of Port St. Joe in Florida. Buddy Wood would sell shrimp and wife, Mrs Linda, would cook up her recipes on the other end of the market. Within no time the business was a favorite for locals. The Woods handed down Buddy’s Seafood Market to their son Ed who kept on doing things the same way his folks did. In the 90s, with the fishery market demanding more of their time, they handed over the business to a close acquaintance, Brian Cooper.

Buddy’s is an amazing retail seafood market with a takeout steam bar. They have a huge array of wild Florida shrimp that are seasoned and steamed to order. The menu has many types of fish, including yellow fin tuna, red groupers, snappers, and scamp among others depending on availability. Buddy’s Seafood Market prides itself in selling only “certified wild American shrimp”.

The menu has homemade items that are made in house daily. This comprises Tuna Dip, Seafood Gumbo, and Cocktail Sauce, all from Mrs Linda’s original recipes. The Seafood Gumbo can be singled out in particular because it is a multiple-award winning recipe with shrimp, fish, and crab meat.

These are well-prepared, tasty meals that promises to leave you asking for more. Buddy’s menu comes with a disclaimer: they it will not be responsible for your tuna dip addiction!

The Steam Bar menu comprises shrimp seasoned with batter and garnished with seafood seasoning, sliced lemons, red onions, and chopped scallions. It also has potatoes and steamed yellow corn on the cob, both seasoned with butter and Greek seasoning. The Dessert menu is a local favourite of Key Lime Pie made as per the concise detail of Mrs Linda’s original recipe. You can also ask for Strawberry Key Lime Pie, which is “based on availability.”

Buddy’s Seafood Market is open all year round seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The Steam bar closes at 5.45pm.

Buddy’s Seafood Market is located at 111 Florida 79, Panama City, FL 32413 and can be reached at (850) 234-2609 or on the web at

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