|The View of the Oil-Free Beach from our Room at the Phoenix All-Suites West in Gulf Shores, AL|
|Tommy Knocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale and Bell's Two Hearted Ale|
|King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant in Gulf Shores|
I met Al Sawyer, the owner of King Neptune's, and chatted with him for a little while about his restaurant, the food on his menu, and his love for seafood. He gave us a couple suggestions on what to order as well, though he naturally stressed that it is all good!
|Jay Ducote and Al Sawyer Inside King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant|
|Coconut Shrimp at King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant|
|Four Kinds of Baked Oysters at King Neptune's|
As an effort to not quit drinking, Eric and I each ordered a round of beers. I opted for the Jimmy Buffett-inspired and Anheuser Busch-produced Land Shark Lager (which, due to the Parrot Head ties, is pretty much the beer of choice down there) while Eric ordered a Yuengling. Ah, cheap, light swill. I'll give Land Shark this... it is refreshing! It tastes like a mix between a Budweiser and a Corona, for whatever that is worth!
|Landshark and Yuengling... Enough to Keep Us Going!|
|The West Indies Crab Salad at King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant|
Starting at the Top Left and Going Clockwise: Boiled, Butterflied, BBQ Skewer, and Broiled (with Scallops and Flounder)
Finally, no good meal can be truly complete without dessert. King Neptune's delivered with quite an interesting option: a deep fried cheesecake!
|Deep Fried Cheesecake|
I have mixed emotions about the cheesecake. First, it was incredible. The crispy exterior, the warm and gooey interior, the caramel and pecan sauce... I really wanted to like it for all the right reasons. However, I'm a huge fan of cheesecake, and for some reason, something just proved interesting and mildly disturbing about eating a slice in this fashion. On my first bite, the inside was so warm that it changed the texture of the actual cheesecake and some of it dribbled down my chin. Hot melted cheesecake just isn't my thing! However, as I got into the center the texture returned to normal and from that point on it was every bit as good as I had hoped. Basically it is a frozen wedge of cheesecake that is coated in cornflakes and then flash-fried. Interesting, yes, but that's just all the more reason for me to suggest that everyone give it a try!
Overall I had a very positive experience at King Neptune's and I would gladly go back. The only think I really didn't enjoy were the skewed and barbecued shrimp. Other than that, everything tasted great! After King Neptune's it was on to a kayaking adventure, but I'll save that for the next post!