To celebrate Margery's birthday we decided to drive about half an hour south to Gulf Shores, AL to Mikee's Seafood Restaurant. Mikee's is part of the Shrimp Basket restaurant chain, but Mikee's maintains it's own unique name. They have a menu that is a little more extensive than the Shrimp Basket. Because Mikee's is near the beach, they are also a little higher priced than the Shrimp Basket.
Another difference between the menus at Mikee's and the Shrimp Basket is that the Shrimp Basket has all you can eat specials on certain days, but Mikee's has all you can eat clams, fried shrimp, catfish, and whitefish (mullet) every day. Even though Margery had fried clam strips about a week and a half ago at the Shrimp Basket in Foley, and, although it was a generous portion, it wasn't all you can eat so she didn't get enough. That's the reason we decided to go to Mikee's.
We tried to time our arrival at Mikee's for about 2:30 PM so we could order from the lunch menu because we were pretty sure the prices for dinners go up another $1 or $2 at 3:00. It was the Easter holiday weekend, so traffic on the way to Gulf Shores was much heavier than we expected. On top of that, Gracie, our GPS, had the wrong address. She had Mikee's on West 2nd Avenue and it's really on East 2nd. Fortunately, we still arrived before the switch to the dinner menu, but just barely.
Lunches range from burgers for about $6 to po' boys for $8-9, and other lunch entrees for $9-14. Entrees include hush puppies, corn fritters and 2 sides. All you can eat clams (in the distance in the photo below) are $13. Paul had jumbo shrimp (not all you can eat) for $11. We both had marinated cabbage (sweet and sour cole slaw) and new potatoes for our sides.
Everything was yummy. Margery had several additional servings of clams.
After eating, we went a little out of our way going back to the motor home to take the Foley Beach Expressway to avoid the traffic we hit on State Route 59 on the way down to Gulf Shores. The toll for the bridge across the canal that forms the Intracoastal Waterway is a little steep at $3.50, but it was worth it to save a good bit of time after the frustration of all the red lights and back-ups we hit on the way south. One reason we didn't want to waste too much time on the way back is we were planning to attend Good Friday services that evening, and we wanted a little time for our food to settle and to change clothes before heading out to church.
We were pleased to know that the church we attend when we're in this area, Church on the Eastern Shore, had a Good Friday service...fairly unusual for a contemporary church. The service included communion, and it was a welcomed opportunity to join with other believers to remember and reflect on Christ's sacrifice for each of us.
After church we went back to the motor home and enjoyed a piece of fudge cake we picked up at Walmart the day before for Margery's birthday. The lid was very difficult to remove from the plastic container the cake came in. Paul really didn't want anything bad to happen to the cake, but he grabbed the camera so he could snap a picture just in case it did. Fortunately, Margery was eventually able to get the lid off without mishap.
All the Walmart bakeries seem to make the same items, and we had one of these cakes when we were back in Florida. Walmart makes a larger version, but for the two of us the small one is just about right giving us four generously-sized pieces. There are two layers of moist chocolate cake with plenty of rich, fudge icing.
The next photo shows the birthday girl doing the honors of cutting the cake.
Margery had a nice birthday. It wasn't anything fancy - just a good dinner out, some delicious cake, and calls from Paul's step mom and from our daughter Lora to wish Margery a happy birthday. For her birthday Margery also got a mechanical pencil with a wood barrel that J. Michael hand turned and a beaded bookmark that Lora made. We were also blessed by the Good Friday church service.
Our time in Summerdale is winding down, but we're planning for at least one more sightseeing outing, so look for our next post.