Hailing from Kawasaki, Japan, Okato Nakamura is cooking up Japanese style crepes right here in Panama City Beach.
Open since 2016, Gypsea Crepes is fast becoming a favorite grub spot for the locals.
Stepping into Gypsea Crepes is like stepping into a roadside restaurant in Hawaii. There are surfboards, paddles and bright island colors surrounding the intimate dining area, with relaxing reggae music playing.
When ordering at the counter, you will have one big decision to make … savory or sweet?
Okato threw out some recommendations based on what people seem to order the most.
“The Slater is probably our most popular savory crepe,” he says. “It has turkey, craisins, brie, fuji apples, spinach and honey mustard. It’s a perfect crepe for lunch.”
In addition to savory favorites, we were also able to get the rundown on the sweeter menu items.
“Strawberry banana with cheesecake is the most ordered sweet crepe,” says Okato. “All of the sweet crepes come with fresh whipped cream, chocolate sauce and Nutella or peanut butter.”
Okato uses precision in all of his crepe making. Since the kitchen is directly behind the counter, you can watch Okato work his magic on the crepe griddle. The batter is ladled onto the griddle and carefully spread out into a giant circular shape. The crepe is flipped and placed onto a wooden block where the ingredients are loaded on and masterfully wrapped up in a handheld treat.
Okato is confident that Gypsea Crepes is offering something unique and never-before-seen in the Panama City Beach area.
“We’re doing the authentic handheld Japanese style crepes here,” he says. “We have about half locals and half visitors that come into the restaurant.”
With a local following that continues to grow, Gypsea Crepes is poised to be a Panama City Beach staple for years to come.