This trip ain't going too well, gastronomically speaking:
We stopped on the way down at Phil's BBQ in Eufaula, b/c I've read good things about it and how can you resist the "best butts in Alabama"? The bbq plates came out in large chunks, which has got to be the coarsest chopped bbq I've ever seen. Taste and texture was ok, stew was good, beans were OK, their "hot" bbq sauce is really good (finally a hot sauce that really is hot). I was disappointed and my wife had a "this is where you kept talking about wanting to stop?" attitude for the next couple of hours. Maybe I was expecting too much, could have been an off day.
I cooked breakfast yesterday (and what a fine job I did); lunch was a picnic on the beach. (Publix deli here just as good as, if not better than, the one at home.)
OK....then it's time for a big mistake. I know it's a tourist trap, but when the kids in the back are going bonkers b/c their mother told them they can see the alligators at a certain place that's painted funky colors, what are you gonna do? We went to Fudpucker's for lunch; my daughter had a popcorn shrimp plate (OK, i know it's shrimp, but $8 on the kids menu?), my son had the spaghettios (b/c we just don't know how to open cans at home); they were $3, which is high for a 50 cent can of pasta but typical of restaurant kids menus. My wife wanted alligator tail and chicken nachos. The tail was average, nachos are apparently not what to order there. On the plus side, the fries that came with my daughter's plate were really good (trying to get a shrimp from here would risk losing a finger); if you ever find yourself there, I think the fried stuff is what to order. $50 for two kids meals, appetizers and cokes. lunch and $10 for a picture of the kids holding a baby alligator. In the "they're only young once" vein, I guess it was worth going to? The kids had a good time. However, it would have made more sense to charge us $10 for the food and $50 for the picture.
So what's on for today? I don't know, I'm scared to go anywhere! Actually, I'm thinking Dewey Destin's for lunch and maybe Harbor Docks for dinner tonight.