Anaheim: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (@BubbaGumpCo)

My birthday celebration continues with my BFF Rebecca, and her family.  Her husband and daughter’s birthday is in April, so we celebrate all of our dates with a family dinner. This year we went to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., located at the Gardenwalk in Anaheim, California, just down the street from Disneyland.

The place is located in a very touristy area, so we arrived at 5:45 to beat the crowd.  The staff seated us in the area adjacent to the bar, where we could watch the movie Forrest Gump (which the restaurant was based from).

The menu consists of mainly seafood. So what do we order… shrimp and seafood, of course! I had the “Bucket of Boat Trash” and Rebecca had the Forrest Seafood Feast, which was similar to mine, except she didn’t have crab legs.

The food was actually pretty good.  Of course fried food tastes great anytime, but the food wasn’t overly greasy, and the portions were generous.  We told our server that it was Gabriella’s birthday, and he presented her with a cupcake that she had to eat without her hands. We also ordered a cookie dessert that had a serving of ice cream and whipped cream on top, like a “Pizzokie” from BJ’s.  Then afterwards we opened presents, before calling it a night.

The only down side of coming here is the crowd. When we left, there was a huge line out the door.  Then, there’s the parking.  Parking is available in the center’s 4-story parking garage. Two entrances are conveniently located off Katella Avenue and Disney Way.

  • First Hour – Complimentary
  • After the First Hour (or any fraction thereof) – $3.00/hour

Per the web site:

The first hour is complimentary to you and should cover time to park, travel to/from your destination and vehicle retrieval time. It’s just $3.00 for any hour or fraction thereof after applicable validation.

I left immediately after dinner, so I wasn’t charged for parking.  Rebecca and her family went shopping for about 40 minutes and was charged $3.00, after spending almost $200 for dinner.  That’s just plain wrong.

The House of Blues recently relocated here. Concert tickets are already expensive.  I can only imagine how much parking is to attend a show.

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