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The Hangout 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Wipe-out Burger aka Bama Burger aka the Big Beach Burger is my 73rd dish or number 29 as I count down on my quest to try all of The 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. The Hangout is located on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama.

It took a bit of  time and head-scratching to figure out which burger to order. On my phone app for The 100 Dishes, it is called a Big Bama Burger. In the pamphlet for The 100 dishes, this burger is called The Wipeout Burger. However, on the menu it is called the Big Beach Burger.

The Beach Burger is a huge double, certified Angus, all beef-burger, made with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, fried onion rings, sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions served on a locally made fresh bun. The burgers and sandwiches come with french fries. Phew, because this is a $15.00 burger.

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The Beach Burger at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL

 

I give this burger 4 **** MEGastars. I give 3 stars for a good burger and an additional star because the burger came with quality toppings and a great bun, and the fries were also perfect.

But the place get’s 5 MEGastars for a holy cow the kid’s are going to lose their minds experience.  Here is what I saw that dropped my jaw. First of all, this 2.5 acre metropolis of a restaurant

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The Hangout of Gulf Shores, AL is right on the beach and HUGE!

is literally where the highway ends and the white sandy beaches begin.

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Let me begin to describe this place beginning on the interior. With open air style dining for large and small groups, there are many interesting areas to sit.

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The main dining room at The Hangout

There are a total of four bars and this area has one.  This may not be the best photo of this room but notice that there are several disco balls.  At one point in time, I had to go inside because the disco balls were spinning, dance music came on and people literally were ON top of the tables dancing.  What a fun thing for the kiddies.

 

The place is full of interesting collections.

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There is a Rubber Ducky Collection.

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Lunch Box Collection with some Steal Your Face-Grateful Dead, just for the wee Deadheads.

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I sat outdoors on this cool porch with a good view.

Of course, it is the outdoors that was over the top. Of course, it is the outdoors that was over the top.  With table games, a Daiquiri bar, A few stages, A fire pit, some giant chairs for photo fun, a swim up bar, and he mother of all fun things for kids-The bubbles called a foam party every hour on the hour until 6 p.m.

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The Foam Party at The Hangout

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Party On Kids!

On the day that I visited, there was staff helping the kids make tye-dye shirts

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The sand and craft area

In the background, there is a fun bus where that sells frozen treats

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The Hangout Cool Bus for ice cream treats

There was bungee jumping (for an additional cost,) and tunnels through the sand.  Everywhere had great places for adults to sit.

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The Hangout Teepee’s

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The Hangout Main Stage

And at times, there is live music on one of the two stages.

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And, of course there is a large shop.

In this shop, a little trickster played that buzzer trick on me, and my arm was numb for an hour or so.

All in all, this is a great spot for families with some fun things for the adults to do.

MEGathought: Random thought. I can certainly understand why it is not called a Bama Burger. As a Wisconsin Badger fan, I would NEVER eat a Golden Gopher Burger (Minnesota,)or a Buckeye Burger (Ohio.) Or, as a Green Bay Packer fan, I would NEVER EVER eat a (Chicago) Bears Burger, just blech! Just sayin, naming your burger could be fighting words to an opposing fan base.

MEGatips:

  1. If you have a child in your life GO THERE, they will lose their minds having fun.
  2. Just steps off the beach, make it a day.
  3. Anything that you need to know about your visit, events, menu, hours, and location is found on their website.The Hangout
  4.  The website says that  there is parking available and free on street parking. Parking-pay $10-15 (I was not able to remember) and then you get a coupon to give to your server for that amount off of your meal. The parking is limited and you may have to walk from an area where street parking is available.
  5. They do have fresh seafood and of course, a kids menu.

_____________________________________________________________________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, www.alabama.travel 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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