Knowing day two was full of activities, and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we headed back to The Wharf for a stop at The Southern Grind Coffee House. When I see quiche on the menu, it’s always calling my name. Pairing it with fresh fruit makes it healthy, right? My husband went for a Belgian waffle and bacon, and gave a huge thumbs up for his choice.
An extra attraction I didn’t plan on was a classic car show going on that weekend. Who doesn’t love to walk around and dream of owning one of these beauties? I could see myself driving down the highway along the Gulf Coast in a convertible!
The next stop was the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to see some amazing wildlife. I was able to sign up for the kangaroo encounter. The encounter couldn’t have been more fun and rewarding. One of the smallest kangaroos was more awake than the others and loved the attention I could give her, especially rubbing under her chin.
After seeing more of our favorite animals such as lemurs, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my, it was off to see the giraffes. They are such beautiful and graceful animals. We even met “Kevin Bacon,” a resident pig who became famous during the pandemic on YouTube.
My husband is a huge key lime pie fan, and we had been told the best in town was at the Safari Club, which happens to be at the Zoo. It was hard to choose off the extensive menu at the first Green-certified Restaurant in Alabama, but finally we ordered a Margherita wood grilled pizza and a few drinks. It was a perfect day for sitting on the patio and enjoying our lunch with a view of the zoo. This was one of the best pizza’s I’ve had, and to think we ate lunch at the zoo! Oh, and the Key Lime Pie passed the test for being tasty.
We had a reservation for the Orange Beach Cat Boat Tours. Unlike other tours, you get to drive your own two-person boat along in the back bays of Orange Beach. Sitting lower to the water gives you the best view of spotting dolphins if you keep an eye out for them. Watch for others pointing, and you will know there’s something to see.
Next, we had a little rest and beach time before heading out to Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. A little more upscale than a typical beachside place, I loved the white tablecloths and candles for a nice night out. I had to try the shrimp and okra gumbo. It was made with Andouille Sausage from Main Street Meats, right here in Chattanooga. It was a great choice, and not too spicy for me. After the pork chop and brussels sprouts, we topped off dinner with a chocolate dome with warm raspberry sauce.