“It’s the tradition”: Hundreds of people flock to Joe Patti for seafood on Christmas Eve


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Seafood at Christmas – it’s a southern tradition.

Every year, hundreds of people flock to Joe Patti’s Seafood in Pensacola to get their fix.

The line for fresh seafood at Joe Patti’s in Pensacola extended to the door on Friday, December 24 as families prepare for Christmas dinner down south.

Timothy Windham was at Joe Patti’s for the first time on Friday with his mother.

“In fact, my mom comes here every year. She loves having the shrimp here, ”Windham said. “We are boiling shrimp. You know, a little country porridge, and it’s always good.

But WKRG asked why not Christmas ham or turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing?

“We just had it for Thanksgiving,” Windham said with a smile. “You have to do something different for Christmas. It’s the tradition.

With this tradition, customers are more than willing to queue outside and inside Joe Patti’s, where there are only standing spaces.

Pamela Ballenger returns this year to Joe Patti for their traditional southern cuisine.

“The line was incredibly long,” Ballenger said. “What’s good about the line today is the weather and the friends we’ve made – the desperate people who want seafood like me. “

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson was also at Joe Patti’s on Friday.

“We’ve been coming here for 10 to 15 years, looking to buy some shrimp for Christmas Eve tonight,” said Robinson. “There is no better place to come than at Joe Patti’s. It is an institution of Pensacola. I love to be a part of it. It is a great place. I just want to know how much business they do on Christmas Eve because there are a ton of people here.

Many are planning to be back on Joe Patti’s next Christmas Eve.

“Come all over to Joe Patti’s. Get all the shrimp you need. They got it. They have your fish, the shrimp. You name it, ”Windham said. “Just come downstairs. Don’t let the lines scare you.

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