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    It must be shrimp season though as red lobster advertised a shrimp variety plate on tv tonight. It all looked good to me!

    I have had good luck using trip advisor to help me find the kind of restaurants I am looking for. The reviews have been right on the money but have only selective use for it.

    When we were in Orlando last, we drove over to the space center for a day. It was worth the day for me. I really enjoyed it and coincidentally a couple of days later while I was still in fl, I watched a space x rocket fly through the sky. Cool!

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    I loved the space center last time i was there... this time will be visiting the one in Houston. We tried to catch a launch, but the one that was due to happen when we were there, was postponed

    are there any 'non-chain' seafood places worth visiting? but thanks for the heads up on trip-advisor... would help a lot
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    I can give a lot of specific guidance while in Columbus Ohio if you can tell us the kind of things you like to do.
    Shopping?
    Outdoors?
    Museums?
    Festivals/Carnivals/Fairs ?

    Are you driving or flying to each city in the Midwest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heathwithnoteeth View Post
    are there any places that have 'bottomless shrimp' was keen to try red lobster, but they are not offering that anymore
    cheers
    Red Lobster is tourist seafood. It is to real seafood what Outback is to real Austrailian food. Name only. Unless things changed, Red Lobster (and other chains) do not purchase local seafood. They all rely on their warehouses and supply chain, regardless of their location. The red lobster in FWB even though its within a 1/4 mile of the gulf of mexico does not buy its supply of fish and lobster from anywhere around there. Most locals won't eat there because of that. If you want real local seafood, skip the chain restaurants.

    The aforementioned Floyd's on Okaloosa island at the boardwalk. Its not on the menu, ask for it. If you can eat a lot then its worth it. If you are going to only eat a dozen or so, don't bother. Last time I went, I got 9 refills (each has 6) and the plate starts with a dozen afair.

    This is an asian buffet style:
    https://www.google.com/maps/search/o...7i13312!8i6656
    They have unlimited crab legs and they have shirimp (fried and boiled). Its good food by the way.


    Now, its not all you can eat, but the prices are decent and its local fresh. Joe Patti's seafood in Pensacola. They mainly sell fresh stuff for you to take and cook. However, they also sell steamed and ready to go items, just ask and they can steam it right there. If they ask, Old Bay seasoning is what you want. If you go, try the Boudin Balls (Boudin is a cajun sausage made from pork and rice). Delish! The fried boudin goes well with the steamed shrimp.

    If you are in Pensacola, there is a cool shop up at the corner of north 9th av. and creighton called Four Winds trading.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@30.4951...8i6656!6m1!1e1
    This is way on the north side and Joe Patti's is way south. I think both are worth the drive. They have a CRAZY variety of stuff in that tiny market. There lots of stuff from many countries there, maybe even yours! Fan-dam-tastic deli in the back. Fresh made stuff! Their muffaletta's are ok. They changed the bread so its not a true muffaletta but still good. If you like coffee, he has a custom blend there that is really good and we stock up when we are down there. The guy that runs it is a used car salesman so check your wallet! Dude could sell an Eskimo an ice cube tray and make him feel proud to own it! The dude is a salesman! But he is a super friendly guy. You can taste virtually anything in the deli simply by looking at it! Most of the time he will spot you and start it up.

    The days of endless shrimp are drawing neigh. Over harvesting and man made issues (gulf oil spill for example) as well as the invasion of foreign fishing fleets is driving the market supply down and the prices up.

    In my younger days, I used to take a 48qt ice chest to the docks in Destin. I could slip $20 to the first mate and he would dump the net in the cooler. I used to take that home and divide it into two coolers with ice and take them and my dutch ovens up to Boy Scout camp and cook a killer seafood etoufeee that made troops visiting from Louisiana cry. I don't think a C note would get that done today.


    Thought of something else that might be an interesting stop. If you are coming through Mobile Alabama, you should stop and see the USS Alabama battleship. There is a lot of military aircraft and also a submarine there too. It used to be in the water but the sub is now on land. Probably the salt water was eating it alive.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/US...!4d-88.0144261

    Also in Mobile, Bellingrath Gardens. I haven't been in decades but if its anything like it used to be, its absolutely breathtaking. If you like gardens and the like.
    http://bellingrath.org/gardens-home/browse-the-estate/

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    For Fried seafood I always liked http://www.lovethatseafood.com/1002/Page.aspx in Tallahassee, FL but they have other locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    Are you driving or flying to each city in the Midwest?
    flying from Orlando to Chicago, then driving From Chicago - Grand Rapids - Detroit - Niagara Falls (maybe Toronto) - Pittsburgh - Columbus - Chicago

    we are used to driving large distances (up to 9 hour journeys) so we should be ok

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