I live in the Bay Area so I avoid a lot of the tourist trap areas and restaurants, especially Pier 39 in San Francisco. However, my mom doesn’t live here, and she absolutely adores going to Pier 39. Last weekend was her birthday, and she came to see us. When we asked her where she wanted to go for her birthday she naturally said, “The wharf.” So we went to Pier 39, and we had her birthday lunch at The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
Bubba Gump’s is a restaurant based off the movie Forrest Gump. Outside the building there is a bench, like the one from the film, where they sometimes have a Forrest impersonator sit there and converse with the patrons. Inside the restaurant is filled with paraphernalia from the movie, as well as the movie playing continuously on the various televisions positioned throughout the restaurant.
The menu boasts dishes based off some of your favorite characters from the movie, and it specializes in Creole cuisine. They have something for everyone. Half my family hates seafood while the other half loves it, and we were able to find something to eat that we enjoyed. They also supply a children’s menu that had a good selection.
We got there right when they opened at 11:00 am, and we were seated right away. The host and hostesses were very friendly. They have something truly revolutionary — license plates. Your table comes equipped with two, one that reads, “Run Forrest, Run” and the other, “Stop Forrest, Stop.” The beauty of these signs is if you need anything, you flip it to stop and anyone that works there HAS TO STOP to see what you need. We never had to wait for soda refills, extra napkins, or more sauce.
A Caution: While the food is great and the service exceptional, it is, in fact, a tourist attraction, and by the time we left, the place was packed with a line out the door.