Many in our community have enjoyed the crispy, thin slices from Marcus’ Gulf Pizza for decades. Locals, who might have had their first taste of the pie as long ago as 1983, still make this restaurant their go-to pizza place, bringing in their own children or grandchildren to continue the tradition. In the winter, snowbirds often make their first and last stop a visit to this mainstay on Thomas Drive and, in the spring and summer, many returning visitors do the same. Veteran patrons remember fondly the boisterous personality of the restaurant’s namesake, “Marco” Mark Sheikh, who welcomed new and old customers alike with his own unique style of customer service. More often than not, when one bought a pizza from Marco, they received not only a great pizza made from scratch, but a night’s worth of entertainment and a new and lasting friend.
In 2005 Marco retired and passed the torch down to his friend and employee, Marcus Haines. Marcus, a local musician with many ties within the community, has retained the great quality pizza and the community-friendly, laid-back atmosphere of his predecessor for nearly a decade now, still using the ever-turning, constantly-rotating oven that has amused customers since the beginning. A strong supporter of local businesses, Marcus is always quick to point patrons to other quality restaurants in the area that they have yet to visit, even if that restaurant happens to be a next door competitor or another mom-and-pop pizzeria.
It has been over 30 years since Marcus’ Gulf Pizza turned out its first thin and crispy. Though a lot can change in three decades, the pizzas that come out of that same big ol’ oven is not one of them. So, if you have the urge for a great slice of local pizza while you visit our beautiful area, swing by our one and only location found on Thomas Drive. Try one of the old classics, such as the Super Deluxe, or build your own pizza from a selection of over twenty-five toppings. We, at Marcus’ Gulf Pizza, are proud to be in the company of small locally owned businesses here on Thomas Drive. Matter of fact, we are at 31 years and counting! on Panama City Beach and love serving Bay County and the surrounding areas. We look forward to being your old and new tradition! and….
THANK YOU !!!