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
Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan!
For more information on this year’s Sunny 105
People’s Choice Award Winners, check out Sunny 105’s website and Facebook page.
For more information on The Annual National
Shrimp Festival or to shop their online store,
check out their website and
to virtually visit our Coastal Alabama
Business Chamber click here.