Busy busy day. Let’s see, it was Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, Crawfish Festival, UWF graduation, Blue Wahoos game, Saturday, beautiful to the point of being ideal … what else?
I think that might be enough. Needless to say, traffic was a nightmare. But we made it to one of our favorite places after all. We love the Oar House. It’s an open restaurant right on Bayou Chico and next to Bahai Mar Marina. So we can sit at the bar, be out of the sun (boo), but in the breeze, and watch the boat parade come by as we eat our lunch. All that is great, but they also make the best cheese grits in town.
It is kind of funny when you first tell people the name – you really have to enunciate the words or people get the completely wrong idea. Just try saying it and you will see what I mean. You get it now, right?
We planned our meal between then 10:00 am UWF graduation ceremony – meaning they were all going to lunch right after and the 1:00pm UWF graduation ceremony – meaning they were going for lunch prior to the event. 2:30pm worked amazing well. Surprising, but it is trick we have learned over time.
Other tricks: Don’t let the parking lot fool you – it might be full, but there is usually space for you at the restaurant. Do NOT go on Mother’s Day until very late – 2:30pm or so (true for most water-side restaurants unless it is rainy). Watch the after-church crowd too, especially on beautiful days – (again to some degrees that is true of every restaurant with a water view in the spring/summer/fall). Do pay attention to the weather – The Oar House is wide open – so if you have a thing about lightening, like I do – watch the weather. Sometimes I just sit in the car till the worst is past and then go back in. The MotH seems unfazed.
I need to take pictures and will do that this coming weekend when we go. How do I know we will be going this weekend – again, you ask? It all has to do with the weather. If the weather is beautiful, which it is supposed to be, we will not be able to get to our beach local – The Sandbar/Frisky Dolphin. So, this time of year, we tend to stay in town and go to Oar House, Jaco’s, Nick’s Boathouse, Five Sisters. More on all of those later.