PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Some Panama City restaurants are getting national attention for their holiday dishes.
USA Today featured local chef's in their Thanksgiving special.
"We were able to get 4 dishes from three local restaurants in the USA Today Thanksgiving special. We're very, very happy about that," said Destination Panama City CEO Jennifer Vigil.
The national recognition is working to put Panama City on the map.
"To have this repeated recognition is really solidifying a place for Panama City in the culinary destination scene," said Vigil.
g.Foley’s was featured on one of USA today's lists for their purple sweet potato pie.
"This is a really important part of our branding that we're able to step up our culinary exposure and really put us on a map as an experiential for music, culinary and art. So it really plays well into our branding campaign,” said Vigil.
Tom's Hot Dogs was recognized for their Thanksgiving turkey dog.
"This is one of our hotdogs, the bacon jam, I added cranberries to it and did a garlic cranberry mayonnaise to go on top,” said Tom’s Hot Dogs Owner Pamelia Armstrong.
And The Place scored two spots, one for their turkey pizza.
"Leftover pizza which is your Thanksgiving leftovers with mashed potatoes, turkey, a little bit of dried cranberries, some stuffing and a gravy drizzle on top,” said The Place Owner Kim Moseley.
They were also mentioned for their turkey and cranberry quesadilla.
"We were pretty excited. We really had no idea what level it would take us to it was a lot of fun to participate in it and get recognized as well,” said Moseley.
Local restaurant owners said getting this kind of attention is proof of what they all already knew—that Panama City has something to offer.
"I think just letting people know that we're a destination and a place to go to and feature food items, who don't look for somewhere unique and different to eat,” said Armstrong.
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