Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Monterrey: Where It All Started

Did you enjoy watching the movie Forrest Gump? I'm sure I did. You'd be amazed that the 1994 box office hit even inspired a whole restaurant chain that now operates in more than 9 countries worldwide. You read that right, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. operates 44 stores worldwide as of this writing. I was fortunate enough to dine at their Monterey, California restaurant where it all started in 1996. This was when I went with family after we spent the day in nearby Carmel.

Everything at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. screams about the movie. Their dishes are named after characters in the film. When you need the attention of the hosts, just change your table sign so it reads "Stop, Forrest, Stop". And the interior decoration is dominated with stuff you see in the movie. 

Run Forrest Run
How to grab the attention of the hosts

As it's name suggests, Bubba Gump serves many shrimp dishes. They do have other seafood dishes as well as meat dishes. 

Our Appetizers

Bubba's Far Out Dip 

It wasn't really that far out. Tasted like laing from Bicol, Philippines. Surprisingly, it went well with the tortilla chips. But I understand this is kinda different for some people.

Bubba's far out dip with tortilla chips
Bubba's far out dip with tortilla chips


The usual squid rings. Nothing really special here. And yes, I'll order it again the next time.


Shrimp and Veggie Skewers 

Shrimps on a skewer along with red onions, zucchini slices, and tomatoes. Good one from the grill. Nothing fancy but I loved the blend of eating shrimps with tomatoes and onions.

Shrimp and veggie skewers
Shrimp and veggie skewers

Grilled Seafood Trio 

A sampler of three dishes in the menu: Bourbon Mahi-Mahi, Shrimp New Orleans, and Shrimp and Veggie Skewers. Recommended when you want to try more than just one kind of dish. Just delicious!

Grilled Seafood Trio
Grilled Seafood Trio

Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken! Bubba Gump just gave me one more reason to keep loving fried chicken. Right crunch, delicious batter, amazing flavor. Don't mind the corn cob but that's a bonus. Note: This item is not on their regular menu.

fried chicken
Fried chicken

Surf and Turf

About 7 or 8 grilled medium-sized shrimps on a skewer, French fries, and tender fall-off-the bone baby back ribs with a sweet and sour glaze. Everything sounded right. I was never wrong about ordering this. Note: This item is not on their regular menu.

Surf and turf
Surf and turf

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