Every once in a while, I stumble upon a restaurant or eatery of some description that impresses me so much I feel compelled to share. This time, it’s Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Café, located on the west end of Panama City Beach Parkway close to the Wild Heron. Fatty Patty’s is half bakery, half café, and though some may be familiar with the name synonymous with wedding cakes, not everyone knows that this is actually a really cool little place to eat, too.
Firstly, the cakes. Having had the pleasure of trying a selection of flavors and seeing some past wedding cake designs, all I can say is wow. If you are ever planning to tie the knot – Fatty Patty’s cakes have been featured in wedding magazines such as The Knot and Gulf Coast Bride. Not crazy about a pre-frozen plain old yellow cake? Owner and baker Renee Schaarsehmidt makes all cakes from scratch the week of your wedding, and offers a plethora of flavors to choose from. Almond Cream Cheese, Banana, Black & White, Carrot Cake, Coconut Cake, Dark Chocolate Fudge, German Chocolate, Key Lime, White Chocolate – I could go on and on. There’s an equal number of scrumptious icing flavors too, and the fact that you can mix and match makes the selection process so much fun! The designs are absolutely beautiful, real quality, and Renee can custom make just about anything. It’s not just wedding cakes – Fatty Patty’s can make a cake for any occasion, and every time their goal is to provide a cake that stands strong, tastes terrific and looks beautiful.
Fatty Patty’s café is one of the best locally-owned cafes in Panama City Beach, but because of its location, it’s easy to miss for those in the center of town. The café is situated just a little west of Cyber Sytes on Back Beach Road, just ten minutes from Thomas Drive, and has a strong following of regulars from nearby Wild Heron, Carillon Beach and even out towards Rosemary Beach. Small, friendly and brightly decorated, Fatty Patty’s café offers breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Saturday, and features daily specials that alone are worth the trip. The breakfast menu includes the breakfast casserole – sausage or ham with potatoes, green onions, pepper jack cheese and eggs, served with a homemade biscuit or toast, yum. Lunch consists of a wide variety of soups, sandwiches and salads, all fresh, homemade and delicious.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere different to grab breakfast, a lazy brunch or a business lunch, I highly recommend Fatty Patty’s – located at 21903 Panama City Beach Parkway. Call (850) 236 9276 for more details, or visit the Fatty Patty’s website.