There is a new, hot Mexican restaurant coming to Panama City Beach in just a few days! I am as excited as an avocado….do they get excited?
Anyhow, having a mother that makes excellent home made salsa and with myself, having the inclination to put jalapenos on anything that doesn’t move…..I could not help but jump up and down when I found out that Jeff Freidrich, a seasoned Restaurateur was opening a nice Mexican Restaurant on Grand Lagoon at Capt. Andersons Marina.
Knowing that Friedrich had ran a chain of successful, Gourmet pizza restaurants in Seattle , I posed the question, “Why Mexican?” He said that he saw the space and just knew he could do something great with it. He asked himself, “What do we like to eat?”. “What do we have a taste for that is not readily available in PCB?” “How could we bring it here?” These are the questions that lead him to the answer…….Marina Cantina, Modern Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar.
In the past, Friedrich mentioned he and his family had to drive into Panama City or down Highway 30A for gourmet mexican fare. He wanted to be able to bring a nice, modern restaurant for our local PCB beachgoers with a discerning taste, and yet still make it casual enough that you could enjoy one of their signature margaritas in their flip flops.
The restaurant will not only have a full bar inside, with the largest tequila selection on the beach, but Marina Cantina will also boast a full bar outside, for patrons to enjoy nightly live entertainment on the dockside patio overlooking Grand Lagoon.
From what I have learned about this upcoming, modern mecca for authentic, Mexican cookery and a good time, is that there will always be SOMETHING going on. In addition to providing a variety of live entertainment options for their customers, Marina Cantina will feature daily happy hour drink and appetizer specials. Their menu, which is said to have been inspired by South American street vendors will include fare made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Vegetarian and kid friendly options will also be available. You can get a taste of what they have to offer, starting April 30th, Monday through Saturday, from 11 am to 11 pm. They will also serve brunch on Sundays, starting at 10 am. I know where I am going to eat after church now!!
As I sat down with Jeff and listened to him talk about his new place, I could feel goose bumps inching there way up to my skins’ surface. Here was a man that was passionate about his business, who believed in it, with every inch of his being. Tableside gaucamole delicious. Live entertainment every night….too cool. But a person that is completely and wholly invested in their business with the desire to serve their community…well, that is amazing. If the enchiladas are half as intense as Friedrich’s enthusiasm, the tables at Marina Cantina will surely be full.
I will you let know about those enchiladas after I try them and touch back in next week. Until then, why not open up your Facebook and LIKE them or give them a call: 850 – 249- 5500. If you are as excited as I am and want to enter your email at a chance to win tickets to the Family and Friends Pre-Grand Opening Party THIS weekend…..go to their website, http://www.marinacantinapcb.com/ to enter!