Escapees Rainbow Plantation
I first learned of Royal Reds, the highly touted local shrimp, in 2010 from reading another RV blog. I've been waiting to have the opportunity to try Royal Reds for myself. According to gulf-shores-travel-guide.com -- Royal red shrimp live deep in the ocean, unlike other shrimp species. This shrimp royalty are the latest members of the shrimp family to join us here on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Though Frank Patti of Pensacola, Florida, first commercially caught the shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico in 1966, before 1995 very few people had even heard of it. Of course, any new food and especially local delicacies are something I have to try at least once. I searched for a restaurant with good reviews that served Royal Reds at a reasonable price. The two most difficult criteria to find at one place were good reviews and a reasonable price. I finally found Doc’s Seafood Shack and it appeared, at least online, to be exactly what I wanted to find and we were not disappointed. We both ordered the Steamed Royal Reds and had another wonderful meal.
After our delicious meal we took a drive along the beach road in Gulf Shores. There’s not much to see except condos, rental houses, and sand dunes. The water is not visible from the road. The area was crowded and heavey traffic. The limited public beach access parking lots looked full and the price was $5.00 to park. We decided not to park and make the hike over the dunes to the crowded beach. We drove around a few residential streets off the beach and along the intracoastal waterway. The area away from the beach is very pretty and has a small town feel even though the beach is such a big summer tourist destination.
We had a very nice day.