The Dining Out Dilemma In Our Full-Time RV Life
We are loving our full-time RV life. We are a little over two weeks in, and the freedom is wonderful, even though there is a day-to-day routine since Mike is still working. We are eaters, unfortunately, so we’ve gotten into the habit of willy-nilly decisions to eat local–just because it’s so darn good.
While in Foley, Alabama, we got to experience the local restaurants. One of our favorites was Lambert’s Cafe, Home of the Throwed Rolls recommended by our friend Patrick. It was a bustling atmosphere with lots of roll throwing, black-eyed-peas and fried okra offers, yummy comfort cooking, and good conversation. It’s a must-do fun family restaurant to visit.
We also visited the Magnolia Blossom Cafe in Robertsdale, Alabama, with Patrick for Friday night live music and prime rib, and we were surprised to find a cornucopia of scrumptious seafood. The owner personally visited our table to inquire about our satisfaction and talked to the three of us about our RV lifestyle.
As mentioned in a previous post, Mike and I celebrated our anniversary at the Derailed Diner, which is a wonderful Alabama diner worth mentioning at least one more time.
Now we are in Houston, Texas, and there are so many choices that it is mind-boggling to narrow down a selection. We’ve had amazing recommendations thanks to our friends Bobby and Tammy, who are long-time Houstonians.
Our first meal out was Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack in Kemah, Texas, where we shared a crawfish/seafood boil. It was spicy hot with crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage–it was wonderful. We left full as ticks with spices still lingering on our tastebuds. It was a lively place shared with good friends.
Mike and I had an impromptu date night at Papasito’s Cantina, a Tex-Mex restaurant. It was the only place Mike wanted to revisit while in his old stomping grounds. He had delicious steak fajitas while I had habanero shrimp tacos. My sinuses were cleared by the spices at the end of this meal, but it was good stuff, indeed.
While taking a long Sunday drive along the Gulf Coast into Galveston, there were many interesting stops. We ended up at the Sand Bar at the West End Marina and Restaurant where we shared appetizers and drank Shiner Bock beers. It was a laid-back marina bar where we enjoyed a Sunday afternoon with our friends.
I had never heard of a Texas tradition called a kolachi, but it seems to be very popular. We had to stop to get at least one with a doughnut chaser at Shipley Do-Nuts. Here’s what a ham and cheese kolachi looks like:
We are enjoying the food with vigor, but it’s starting to put a dent in the budget and a little more meat on the hips. While it still feels somewhat of a vacation, we have to get a handle on when to treat ourselves and when to utilize our cooking skills at home. We’ll have to find a balance on it shortly.
To more experienced full-timers, how long does it take before vacation mode wears off? The struggle is real!
Safe travels. With love, Dawn.