Like y’all, we at Sunset Properties were all pretty bummed when we heard the 2020 Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores was cancelled due to the pandemic and amidst COVID-19 concerns. We love supporting our Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and gathering with our besties and hanging out for hours at the Shrimp Festival and it hit us pretty hard when we found out this year’s event was cancelled. But, here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we always try to make the best of any situation and we started thinking about finding other ways to celebrate our favorite local crustacean and still manage to stay within the CDC guidelines for social distancing.
We decided to have our own Shrimp Feast-ival! And we think you might like our idea…so here goes: You were planning on coming to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan anyway with your family or closest friends, right? So, go ahead and come on down and spend a weekend with us Feasting on our favorite local seafood Alabama Gulf Shrimp! But, where should we go? Well, that’s easy thanks to Sunny 105.7 FM, our local radio station. Each year, they hold a People’s Choice Awards allowing locals to choose their faves, and this year’s winners were just announced. Here are some great places to have your own 2020 Shrimp Feast-ival by visiting our 2020 Sunny 105 People’s Choice Award Winners:
This year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award for breakfast and lunch is one of our faves, too. We have to give a big ole shout out to the fine folks at Duck’s Diner in Orange Beach. Start your Shrimp Feastival at Duck’s for breakfast. This fun restaurant is located at 4560 Easy Street, right off Canal Road in Orange Beach. We love their shrimp and cheese omelet and we think you will, too. Pair it with a side of French toast and a slice of tomato and you’re talking about a plate full of island goodness! If coffee is your breakfast drink of choice, you can have it with or without Bailey’s Irish Cream. And if a Bloody Mary rounds out your perfect morning meal, make sure to order one while you’re dining at Duck’s. Congratulations to Duck’s Diner for being named a Sunny 105 People’s Choice Award Winner!
DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen
If you haven’t been to DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen, before now, you have really been missing out! DeSoto’s was voted this year’s People’s Choice Winner for the Dinner Restaurant category, but this isn’t their first win. DeSoto’s has been consistently providing great food and a wonderful atmosphere for more years than we can count. They are located a block off Gulf Shores Parkway at 138 West 1st Avenue. They offer inside and outside dining. But what will you eat while your Feastival-ing? That’s easy! Steamed Royal Reds! (Royal Red Shrimp 1 lb). You may not know it, but you do want this! (thank us later!) What are Royal Reds, you ask? Royal Reds are beautiful crimson shrimp. They are larger than other shrimp, much sweeter and have a texture like a lobster. They can be harvested all year long, but their actual “season” is from mid summer to late fall, making October a great month to enjoy them. How perfect is that? You’re planning on coming to your own Shrimp Feastival and we believe you’re coming at the exact perfect time to enjoy the best our island has to offer! Congratulations to the whole crew at DeSoto’s, 2020 Sunny 105 People’s Choice Winner, for yet another thumbs up from your island neighbors and friends!
This year’s winner for best place to eat pizza should surprise no one. Papa Rocco’s (home of warm beer, lousy pizza–not really!) since 1985, is one of our favorites, too. How will you celebrate your Shrimp Feastival with these guys? We don’t even have to ponder that a second…order Papa Rocco’s Seafood Primavera Pizza. Don’t even think about it, just do it. Then pair it with a seriously cold beer and enjoy! Your pizza will be slam full of perfectly cooked seafood, including your little celebratory crustacean, and overflowing with melty-gooey-cheese. If that doesn’t make your mouth water just thinking about it, your tongue must be sleeping! Wake it up and don’t miss an opportunity to stop by Papa Rocco’s located at 101 West 6th Avenue, right off Gulf Shores Parkway, while you’re in Gulf Shores. Congratulations to our buddies at Papa Rocco’s Pizza for being named a 2020 Sunny 105 People’s Choice Award Winner!
You cannot really have the complete Shrimp Feastival experience without enjoying the best atmosphere along the Alabama Gulf Coast, so you definitely need to stop by Tacky Jack’s and you’ll quickly see why they were voted this year’s Sunny 105 People’s Choice Award Winner for Island Atmosphere. And while you’re at Tacky Jacks, you can have your choice of “feastible” shrimp. We love the Firecracker Shrimp. But it comes with a bit of a bang! So, if you’d rather enjoy something a little less explosive, go with everyone’s favorite Peel & Eat Shrimp. No matter which you choose, if you’re in the mood for an adult beverage, we suggest having a bushwacker while you’re there. Tacky Jacks has three locations on our island, so no matter if you’re staying with Sunset Properties at the Caribe in Orange Beach, or at Lighthouse 607 in Gulf Shores or at Dream in Fort Morgan, there is a Tacky Jacks, complete with the best Island Atmosphere around, near you! Congratulations to all our friends at Tacky Jacks for being one of this year’s Sunny 105 People’s Choice Award Winners! We are definitely fans, too!
What kind of festival or Feastival would be complete without a trip to the World Famous Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar? It just so happens that our friends at our favorite local beach bar/honky tonk won the People’s Choice Awards for Best Live Music. We were so not surprised to hear this. After all, The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival starts and ends with the Flora-Bama. You can hear some of the best music anywhere when it’s Songwriters Season! But for your Shrimp Feastival, what do we recommend? Visit the Ole River Grill and order Key Lime Shrimp and enjoy this unique appetizer outside on their open air deck. The food and service are fantastic and the view is phenomenal! The Old River Grill is located at 17400 Perdido Key Drive in Perdido Key, Florida, which is (as we say) just on the other side of Orange Beach right across the Florida State Line. No Shrimp Feastival weekend would be complete without at least one stop at the Flora-Bama! Congratulations to the whole team at the Flora-Bama for being chosen this year’s Sunny 105 People’s Choice Award Winner for Best Live Music!
We know 2020 has been a year of uncomfortable changes resulting from the pandemic. Having a year without the Annual National Shrimp Festival is unlike one we’ve seen in over 45 years. We, at Sunset Properties, want you to know that even though we are saddened by all the cancellations that have happened this year, that we take your health and the health of our team seriously. The Alabama Gulf Coast is open. Our beaches are open. Fun places to play are open. Great places to eat are open. Sunset Properties is open. We are open and operating under the guidelines set forth by health officials. And you are welcome to come hang out with us. If your kids are attending school virtually this year, why not come on down? Use the Wi-Fi in our vacation homes and enjoy the view of the pristine Alabama Beaches as the kiddos learn. If you’re working remotely, go ahead and pack up your laptop and head south. Why not set up your office right on a balcony facing the Gulf? And if you had planned time off to attend the Shrimp Festival, why not come anyway and have your own Shrimp Feastival?! Give us a call, and we’ll get your reservation ready. See you this fall in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan!
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