It's All About the Food
Gulf Shores Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
When I travel, I tend to focus on where and what to eat. Food is very important to me.
*Chick-Fil-Aâ€¦ Normally, I wouldnâ€™t eat at a fast food restaurant. But, to me, Chick-fil-A is special. I was introduced to it in college in Birmingham, and had been craving it since Iâ€™d gone to North Carolina with Dad in April. There is just nothing like a chicken sandwich and waffle fries from Chick-fil-A. I promised myself I would get Chick-fil-A on the way down, saving time on the road. I stopped in Athens, Alabama, and the restaurant was so busy, I drove thru â€“ this is the VERY first time Iâ€™d done this in my Equinox, which Iâ€™ve had 2 Â˝ years.
*Burris Farm Marketâ€¦ Supposedly, Burris Farm Market has some of the best strawberry shortcake in the South. And, their pies are to die for. I stopped on my way down to Gulf Shores, and got the strawberry shortcake, since the peanut butter pie wasnâ€™t sold by the slice. It was good, a large portion, and the strawberries were really fresh, but I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™d call this the best shortcake in the South. It just didnâ€™t live up to my expectations.
*Panini Peteâ€™sâ€¦ I had seen Panini Peteâ€™s featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network, and since it was only about a half-hour from Gulf Shores, I had to check it out.
*Luluâ€™sâ€¦ I hadnâ€™t intended on eating supper tonight; I was just going to snack on what I brought. But, while shopping at a scrapbook store, I heard about Luluâ€™s, the restaurant run by Jimmy Buffettâ€™s sister. I got the veggie burrito (and debated the Loopty Lu to drink, but decided Iâ€™d probably go for ice cream later).
*Island Pancake Houseâ€¦ I had seen a billboard for the Island Pancake House on my way in. I LOVE pancakes and really wanted to work it into my trip. Even though itâ€™s a hotel (the Best Western) restaurant, which made me a little leery of the quality, I went for a late breakfast/early lunch. They have a full breakfast menu, but the pancake menu wasnâ€™t as extensive as I thought it would be. I debated between the chocolate chip and sweet potato pancakes. The waitress wasnâ€™t any help, saying they were both good.
*Calypso Joeâ€™s Caribbean Grilleâ€¦ In googling restaurants for my trip, I came across Calypso Joeâ€™s Caribbean Grille. Since seafood is a Gulf delicacy, I thought I ought to eat some. However, I am allergic to shellfish, so I definitely have to be careful about that. Calypso Joeâ€™s has one fish dish that is an absolute favorite, so I got that. Itâ€™s fish in a tin, a filet with pineapple compote grilled inside an aluminum foil bag and served with rice and a grilled vegetable skewer.