When the opportunity for a date night comes up we pounce on it like an eager seagull spotting a fallen French fry from a cheeseburger basket. Wow. A cheeseburger basket sounds tasty right now. However, we should get back to world famous venues and late night dinners with my most important of beach buddies. This gallivant is for you, Monie! (That’s my wife, y’all!)
*We had the great pleasure to be hosted by the awesome folks at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. Some of our meals and admission into the Flora-Bama was complimentary. The views expressed are always of our own. Let’s gallivant, Bama!
Let’s Hit the State Line!
A few moments in the Flora-Bama Lounge gives you all the roadhouse feels that you never knew you had. We were lucky enough to get a tour of this truly historic landmark by the man they call Country and he absolutely loves this venue. He is the official ambassador of the Flora-Bama and he knows bout every famous nook, cranny, wooden board, historic story, mic-stand, and fryer basket. From the oyster bar to the cocktail bar, Country and the rest of the crew is raising the bar when it comes to hospitality.
With the beach out back, the stages pumping out music from the live bands, countless beverages, and the common goal of all… creating the most memorable night possible here at this roadhouse. We meet many locals during our gallivants and we can’t thank Country enough for taking the time to show a couple from Iowa how amazing the beloved Flora-Bama is. Don’t skip on this treasure! By the way….We were told by locals that the Flora-Bama is one of the best places in the country to watch a football game. I’m talking to you, Midwesties! Want to watch your favorite team wearing layers in freezing temps or with flip flops in Perdido Key? I say switch it up a little and start a new game day tradition for yourself.
An evening with my wife means a round of fresh seafood and the Original Oyster House was the terrific spot where we reeled in another delicious meal. This famous establishment has a large menu with many choice and an obvious emphasis on incredible seafood. Our raw oysters on the half shell had the taste of the coast we were wanting. You see that cup of cocktail sauce? That was made fresh at the table…..By me! All the ingredients are at the table and you make it as spicy, lemony, saucy, and salty as you want!
Dad Has an Escape Plan…
Tucked into an Orange Beach neighborhood was just the place I could become a regular to very quickly. Even though I live 15 hours away and this was my one and only time here, Brenda made me feel like a regular at Tacky Jack’s Cigar Bar. The flat screen TVs had baseball on, the company was fun to talk to and welcoming, and the atmosphere supplied the relaxing ambiance we all enjoyed.
One More Evening Out!
We made one last evening getaway and landed at Mikee’s Seafood. The people around town who know the community best said we made the right decision by heading here and we cleaned up again. I love a late dinner and a couple drinks with my wife and we enjoyed more Southern flavors. Watch the video below and get a great tip on how to eat those turnip greens with hushpuppies!
And thanks to a local, this Iowa kid found out that they call the render, from the greens, pot liquor. Officially the coolest phrase I heard from the whole weekend and I can’t wait to drop that knowledge myself!
Early Morning Coffee
Beach Girl Coffee is either greeting you to Gulf Shores or telling y’all to come back. On the edge of town and worth the stop both times. A small little coffee shop that serves up some of their own creations and the classics. You know these places are an important part of your daily life and Gulf Shores has your caffeinated cravings taken care of here.
Traveling is what we do. We’ve come to love it more and more as the years go on. My wife is the greatest companion I could have ever asked for in so many ways. Alabama’s Gulf Coast gave us the grownup getaways we needed and in unique ways that many enjoy. Including a few little niche ideas to go with it. There’s plenty more to see here and we plan on making it happen again. Bushwhacker, iced coffee, and oyster shell in hand again and again.
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