Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Run Across America" Sampler at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Today was a really nice day, so we decided to take one of our epic walks down toward the water. The sights, sounds, and smells are always such a treat. They definitely make burning calories and keeping fit a lot more fun! We never quite know where we're going when we start, but we always wind up going somewhere exciting and fun. 

Sometimes there's even food involved like today. Eventually we found ourselves down on historic Cannery Row standing in front of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Seth had never been here and had been dying to go ever since I first mentioned it to him, so we decided to stop in for a quick bite to eat and possibly a cocktail... something cool and refreshing to suit a warm day spent walking up the coastline.

For those of you who have never been to Bubba Gump's before, it's an awful lot like you're probably thinking. The restaurant, menu, and theme of the restaurant are all patterned after the hit movie Forrest Gump. At one point, there were even a ton of actual props from the movie as part of the decor, although I didn't really see too many of them around this time. It's been a while since I was in the area and had an opportunity to make it a Bubba afternoon.

We didn't feel like weighing ourselves down too heavily, as we did need to be able to walk all the way back home, so we ordered the Run Across America Sampler to share instead of loading up on two separate entrees. In the middle there were some of Bubba's delicious "chilly" shrimp. Also involved were buffalo chicken strips, fried shrimp, and chips with spinach dip. 

My favorite thing on the plate had to be these hush puppy things they included that were totally unlike any other hush puppies I've ever had. They were more than just the fried dough I'm used to. They also had bits of sweet corn, shrimp, and fish in them as well and they were really delicious. I wouldn't mind ordering a whole platter of just those next time! I totally recommend at least trying them as a side if you ever find yourself at a Bubba's yourself.

These were our cocktails. Seth's is a nice, cold beer. Mine was a blueberry lemonade that not only involved blueberry Stoli vodka, but also real blueberries. It was really good and the perfect refreshment for a warm day spent walking a good long way. We also got to take both of the pilsner glasses home with us, which was really nice. We have something to remember our first ever trip to Bubba's together now. Hooray for summer memories!
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