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Bushwacker-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday at -Pirate’s Cove in Josephine, Alabama, I tasted a Bushwhacker for my 63rd dish or (38 for my countdown) to try all of the 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

Last week I munched on a cheeseburger, and as a bonus, there was this second dish I could savor and cross off on “my 100 dishes quest.”


But, that wass another story.

There is something to tasting a tropical inspired drink on a  hot day at a beach that makes it taste extra delicious.


And extra groovy when Elvis is there.


And, your best friend is at your side.

piratedogThere were lots of boats, I would love to cruise that bay, even if my boat does not have a flag for the cause.  Well, maybe a Green Bay Packer flag. 


I have a lot of jokes about the name of this drink, word is that this drink was named after a visiting Afghan Hound named Bushwack. There may still be some jokes here, I’m going to hold back.

Made up of Malibu Rum, Kahlua, vanilla ice cream, and a bit of 151 Rum, the drink is a blended ice drink but it has a smoother consistency.    The rum is added after the drink is made.  I read that these drinks can range from 40% to 70 % alcohol depending on the recipe and the rum.

And yes, things always taste better with friends.


MEGastars: 4 ***** Even though I only had a sip of this drink, I “heard” from my friends who drank more than one that they were super delicious.

Who knew?

  • In 1975 this drink was invented by Angie Conigliaro, (cousin to Tony of The Boston Red Sox,) in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
  • Later brought to the U.S. via Pensacola Beach by Linda Murphy who owned the Shaka Bar in Pensacola Beach, Florida.
  • There is an annual Bushwacker Festival in Quietwater Beach on Pensacola Beach, Florida.


  1. The roads to the place wind, DO have a DD.  I was that!
  2. Do visit the Alabama beaches and the State Park areas.
  3. If you are a visitor to the area, you may not have a boat but how much fun might it be to cruise around this bay area?
  4. Drunk eat the cheeseburger.
  5. This is not a white cloth place, it is about the party on the bay, be aware of this fact before you decide to visit. However, I have to agree that this is a place to check out while hanging at the beach.
  6. If you are not accustomed to the regional pride of Alabama, there may be a bit of flag waving.
  7.  Don’t like dogs? Reconsider your visit. There are dogs, who poop in the restaurant.  I’ll spare you the photo.   Myself, I like dogs and a dive bar.


This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.

ABOUT:  *100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die,” is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style.”  Thanks to Tourism Alabama, my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier.  I am going to have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? or,  the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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