Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant Review
While on a recent family trip to Hawaii, I discovered that there was an actual Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant just down the street from where we were staying. My dad, uncle and I got a kick out of it and took a lot of pictures of the outside (which included a bench with a box of chocolates on top and a pair of worn running shoes next to it on the ground),but I didn't actually get a chance to eat there until the night before we had to leave for another part of the island. When I stepped inside, I noticed a wide tv screen playing the movie, as well as numerous pictures of the production scattered all over the restaurant. The wait wasn't too long, but the service was a bit confusing. One of the hosts showed me to my table and left me to look at the menu, however, when I was finally ready to order, everyone kept walking passed me. Finally, the bartender came over and asked if this was my first time dining there. I told him it was my first time, so he went on to explain that on every table, there was a little stand with 2 license plates on it: a blue one that said "Run Forrest Run" and a red one that said "Stop Forrest Stop". By flipping it over to the red plate, the passing servers would know that their assistance was needed. I thanked him and then ordered the Dixie Fishwich (the description in the menu stated that Forrest and Lt. Dan used to have one every day) which consisted of a fried fish fillet topped with lettuce, tomato, pepper-jack cheese, and special sauce inside a bun, and included seasoned fries and a dill pickle on the side. After he left, I picked up my book to read while I waited. About 10 minutes later, my food arrived. The sandwich rested unassembled upon a plastic plate covered with a humorous Greenbo, Alabama newspaper. The newspaper featured "mock" articles about Forrest Gump's many exploits which take place throughout the movie. The sandwich was a little messy, but very delicious. By then, I had gotten the license plate system down, and mainly used it when I wanted a refill on my soda. This was nice for me, because while at some restaurants there are servers that always know the exact moment you need a refill, many others do not and often have you looking around for anyone who could freshen your beverage. When I was finished with my meal, I used the license plate again to flag my server down so I could order dessert. I ordered the key lime pie that I had been eyeing earlier, and also ordered some Hush Pups (an appetizer consisting of fish and shrimp combined together and fried into bite size balls) to take home and eat later. I went back to reading for a short while, and was soon greeted by the sight of a giant slice of key lime pie, topped with lime peel zest and whip cream. I was fairly full from dinner, but I was still able to find room for this delicious dessert. I finished and went over to the bar to pay my server, and left feeling satisfied. The bill had turned out to be just under $30, but it was well worth it. As far as the service went, it was a little confusing at first, but it was pretty decent. If you happen to live in or are visiting a city with a Bubba Gump restaurant, I'd highly recommend dining there.