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Margaritaville on Pensacola Beach

The weather was beautiful in Pensacola, all 4th of July weekend to the fireworks. Early Monday morning, all hell broke loose, the heavens opened and it poured rain.

In spite of the good weather leading up to the Fourth, the droves that usually invade the beaches to celebrate didn’t materialize. One restaurant owner said his business was down 80% from last year at this time. We decided, in spite of the rain, to head over to the beach for lunch, do our small part for the Pensacola Beach economy.

LLLOOOLLLL! The first place we tried, Peg Leg Pete’s, (“Our Latitude Will Change Your Attitude”) had such a crowd that the wait was 25 – 30 minutes, standing out in the rain, so we passed. Our second choice, Crabs – We Got ‘Em was closed until 4 pm. Oh AAARRGH,, but there is still the brand new Jimmy Buffet hotel, Margaritaville and we’ve been eager to take a look so in we go.

Bad news is that you can’t use the underground parking lot, even on a rainy day, unless you are a hotel guest. Good news is that if you are dining in the restaurant, valet parking is free, and when you have a baby and car seat with you, valet parking is very very good. 🙂

Margaritaville is beautiful, and fun. As soon as you walk in, it is beachy; beautiful sand and sea colors, a faux straw mat floor and comfy beach-home furniture. Beach music, too.

The view of Pensacola beach, even on a rainy day, is glorious. Please note that the beaches are CLEAN. Come to Pensacola! Save the economy!

Our original plans had been to find one of the beachy restaurants, you know, family restaurants, full of kids, one more little baby wouldn’t even be noticed. The main demographic in the Margaritaville restaurant was couples, mostly 50-ish, women in sundresses they were a little too big for, and men in big bright flowered shirts, drinking fancy beach drinks (There is a whole page of them 🙂 ). There was one baby, and few other children.

We only had to wait about 15 minutes to get in, and there was a nice lounge where we could wait. We had the popcorn shrimp for starters, and we liked it. The bacon cheeseburger was good, according to my son, and the crab cake sandwich disappeared in a heartbeat. Baby Q was good as gold and had is first taste of dill pickle. He liked it! My seafood salad had macaroni in it. Aargh. Service was good, unobtrusive and friendly.

It’s a nice place. I would stay there. I love the clean lines and the sea colors. There are other places I would rather eat.

July 6, 2010 - Posted by | Beauty, Cold Drinks, color, Community, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Food, Holiday, Living Conditions, Pensacola

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  2. The nachos are great! Me and a buddy toured all the Margaritavilles in the Southeast in 2008 in my VW bus. Great time! We also hit Lulu’s in Gulf Shores.

    Comment by Suwannee Refugee | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hmmm! Have not heard of LuLu’s. LuLu means beautiful big pearl in Arabic. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Lulu’s is Buffet’s sister’s restaurant. He played there last weekend under the moniker Freddie and Fishsticks.

      Comment by Suwannee Refugee | July 6, 2010 | Reply

      • Must try LuLu’s . . . do they have food, too?

        Comment by intlxpatr | July 7, 2010

    • Yeah, good food all while you sit on the river coming into AL.

      Comment by Suwannee Refugee | July 7, 2010 | Reply

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