Continuing to Eat Our Way Through Lower Alabama
Fairhope, AL - Events of Friday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 26, 2016
We still had more favorite favorite foods we wanted to eat before we left Lower Alabama. We were originally planning to go to The Gulf restaurant in Orange Beach on Friday to celebrate Margery's birthday, but the weather forecast for Friday changed from sunny to clouds with a chance of rain. Since all seating at The Gulf is outside, we decided to save The Gulf for Saturday, which was supposed to be sunny again.
Since we weren't going out to eat on Friday, we decided to go to Aquila Seafood in Bon Secour to get more shrimp to smoke for dinner that evening. If it did rain, we could always saute the shrimp in a pan with some butter and white wine instead of smoking it. The clouds cleared by mid-morning, and the weather on Friday turned out to be beautiful in spite of the earlier forecast for clouds all day, so we went ahead with our plans to smoke the shrimp. Paul used cherry wood, which has a light, sweet flavor that enhanced the shrimp nicely.
On our way back from picking up the shrimp earlier in the day, we stopped at the bakery in Walmart and bought a small, chocolate fudge cake as a birthday cake for Margery. The shrimp and the cake were both yummy!
On Saturday, we went to the Gulf to continue our celebration of Margery's birthday. The Gulf is constructed of stacked shipping containers and is located along Perdido Pass, which is the channel where the Perdido River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. As we said, all seating at The Gulf is outdoors. There are canopies to protect from the sun and light showers.
We had never been to The Gulf on a weekend before. Traffic was a little heavier getting there, and the restaurant was a bit more crowded than it usually is. We had to wait in line a few minutes to place our order at the counter, and it took a little longer for them to bring our food out. However, there is plenty of ambiance with the beach-like atmosphere, and there are a lot more boats going in and out of Perdido Pass to watch, so we didn't mind the wait.
We even got to watch people parasailing along the beach on the other side of the pass.
The Gulf has burgers for $7.75 (cheese is $1.50 extra), fried grouper sandwiches for $12.75, and they usually have several other choices of entrees, sandwiches, salads and/or appetizers that vary by day or by season. We always have burgers, and we share an order of hand-cut fries ($4).
The food is a little expensive, but the burgers are excellent. You're also paying for the atmosphere, which feels like you're on a mini-vacation to a tropical island.
In addition to picnic tables where guests can eat, there are also lounge chairs on the beach and other types of casual seating that are well suited to relaxing and enjoying drinks and snacks.
After we ate, we hung around a few more minutes then headed back to Coastal Haven where we relaxed the rest of the weekend.
Not only did the clouds and chance of rain disappear from the forecast on Friday, but they were also gone for Monday. Therefore, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and have lupper at Panini Pete's a second time. This time, Margery had a blue cheese burger, and Paul had a roast beef panini with Gorgonzola cheese, baby greens, tomato and onion confit.
Tuesday was another beautiful day, and we couldn't resist the temptation to go to Panini Pete's to enjoy beignets under the big, live oak tree out in the courtyard one more time. We hung around the rig the rest of the day and did some of our pre-departure chores. On Wednesday morning, we continued our trek northward. We'll tell you where we stopped in our next post.