on October 4, 2003
Located in Cannery Row, Bubba Gump is an easy two blocks from the aquarium, overlooking the bay. This restaurant was inspired by the movie Forrest Gump. If you have not seen the movie, then this restaurant will seem like a generic seafood chain ala Red Lobster. If you have seen the movie (and liked it), you will enjoy the 'Gump' theme that runs throughout, from the signs on the walls to the ping pong paddles on the table. Additionally, if you are lucky enough to get a seat by the window, the view of the bay is fantastic. The menu is heavily focused on shrimp; however, there are a few non-shrimp meals such as a BBQ pork sandwich and chicken tenders. Servings are generous; food is good but not great. Expect to wait in line, though the ambiance and the view make it rewarding. The waiters even ask Forrest Gump trivia throughout the meal. Should you have a weakness for souvenirs, you will have to close your eyes as you walk out of the restaurant through the Bubba Gump shop.
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