Where to Eat in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Alabama

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Where to Eat in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Alabama

Where to Eat in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Alabama -13 of the BEST places to eat at the beach. Dive bars, fancy white table cloth restaurants and everything in between. Make sure to bring your stretchy pants - SO much delicious food!! #travel #gulfshores #orangebeach #beacheats #restaurants


Last month I went down to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach for a long weekend with my friend Heather from The Food Hussy. We spent four nights eating and drinking our way around the area. We hit up 13 places in 4 nights! We ate SO much food! It was a tough job, but we did it for YOU! We wanted to  be able tell you all the best spots to eat when you head down to the beach for Spring Break.

We hit up dive bars, fancy white table cloth restaurants and everything in between. We ate at the best breakfast place in Alabama (according to Yelp & People magazine), drank the famous Flora-Bama Bushwaker, nachos, chicken sandwiches, fish tacos, steaks, bacon, biscuits, and SOOOO much more. 

I got tons of recipe ideas for future posts. I even snagged the actual recipe for several of the things we ate. Be on the look out for a yummy Bacon & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit in a couple of weeks. YUM!

This was my very first time going to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach. I've lived in Alabama for a really long time, but we've never been to the Alabama beaches. I had an AMAZING time! SO much so, that I am already planning a trip back to take Chicken Legs. I also found out there is a wine festival in the Fall. YASSS!!!

Check out everything we ate below. Have you ever been to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? Did we eat at your favorite spot? If not, leave me a comment with your favorite spot so Chicken Legs and I can check it out on our trip.

Stay tuned for next weeks travel post. I am sharing all about the AMAZING condo we stayed in. I even have a video tour for you!





Flora-Bama Yacht Club
Bushwackers at FloraBama - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL

My first stop at the beach was at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. 
I HAD to get a famous Bushwacker!
Seriously delicious!

Grilled Oysters - FloraBama - Orange Beach/Gulf Shores, AL
Next up - appetizers.
We got an order of the Yacht Club Char Grilled Oysters.
Gulf oysters topped with their world famous Orleans cream, parmesan cheese, and butter.

Greek Shrimp Nachos from FloraBama Yacht Club -  Fried wonton chips smothered in a spinach-feta-cream sauce topped with grilled Gulf shrimp, tomatoes, crumbled feta, Kalamata olives, peppadews, banana peppers, green onion, and red onion
We also couldn't resist the Greek Shrimp Nachos.
Fried wonton chips smothered in a spinach-feta-cream sauce topped with grilled Gulf shrimp, tomatoes, crumbled feta, Kalamata olives, peppadews, banana peppers, green onion, & red onion

Ribeye Steak at FloraBama Yacht Club - Orange Beach/Gulf Shores, AL
For entrees, we got the Hand-Cut Certified Angus Beef- Ribeye.
It was served with buttered baby Yukon Gold potatoes and grilled local vegetables.

Grilled Mahi Taco from FloraBama with house slaw, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and spicy mayo drizzle
Grilled Mahi Taco with house slaw, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and spicy mayo drizzle. 
The tacos were served with french fries.

Chicken Pontchartrain from FloraBama Yacht Club - Pan sauteed chicken served with creamy cajun dirty rice and seasonal vegetables topped with a crawfish julie cream sauce
Lastly was the Chicken Pontchartrain
Pan sauteed chicken served with creamy cajun dirty rice and seasonal vegetables topped with a crawfish julie cream sauce. It was really good!

Beignet Fries from FloraBama Yacht Club
We were CRAZY stuffed, but we managed to make room for these Beignet Fries!

Flora-Bama Yacht Club
17350 Perdido Key Drive
Perdido Key, FL  32507
Phone : 850-483-6272


Flora-Bama
FloraBama - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
After dinner we walked across the street to the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package store.
Fun fact about the Flora-Bama - you can go to church here on Sunday. They even have the bars open!

FloraBama - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
There are 5 different entertainment areas with music.
The main area has bras hanging from the ceiling! I did NOT donate my bra to the pile. LOL!

FloraBama - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We got a tour of the bar from one of the managers.
The nightlight of the tour was seeing this liquor room. These are the most popular liquors in the bar. The bartender just has to push a button to dispense the alcohol. It some from this room. Saves the bartenders a ton of time!

The Flora-Bama is a super fun place. Grab a Bushwaker, listen to music, and watch the sunset on the beach. It really has it all!

Flora-Bama
https://www.florabama.com/
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, Fl. 32507
Phone: 251-980-5118


Sunliner Diner
Sunliner Diner - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Our fist full day started at the Sunliner Diner.
Isn't it cute?!?!!?

Sunliner Diner - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We started the morning with some mimosas and biscuits.
The top right biscuit is the Bacon & Cheddar Biscuit. It also has ranch in it, so I deemed it a Crack Biscuit.  It isn't much to look at, but it was DELICIOUS! I begged the owner for the recipe & they shared it with me!! I'll be sharing the recipe soon!

The other biscuit was the Glazed Cinnamon Biscuit. The icing makes the biscuit!


Sunliner Diner - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Entrees
Nashville fried chicken, farm fresh eggs, hash browns and a classic biscuit. 
You can get the chicken plain, spicy or super spicy!

Sunliner Diner - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The Corned Beef Hash is one of their specialities. It is enough to feed four people!
Tender house-made corned beef hash, green and red peppers, sweet Vidalia onion hash browns topped with two poached eggs, horseradish cream and served with a classic biscuit.

Sunliner Diner - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
They also recommended the Chicken & Waffles.
It is served with two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and hash browns.

They serve breakfast all day.
They also serve lunch, dinner and MILKSHAKES.
I MUST go back for a milkshake!!

Sunliner Diner
http://www.sunlinerdiner.com
100 E. 2nd Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-937-6590


Tacky Jacks
Tacky Jack's - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We started the meal with some cocktails.
The Margarita and Bushwacker.
I liked Tacky Jack's Bushwacker better than the Flora-Bama.
I mean, they are both good. I just preferred Tacky Jack's.
I might need to go back and do some more taste testing! LOL!

Mexican Garbage from Tacky Jack's - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
LOOK at these nachos! OMG! SO good!! They are called Mexican Garbage.

Mexican Garbage from Tacky Jack's - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
They are the ultimate in Beef and Cheese Nachos. Corn tortilla chips topped with meat, two cheeses, tomatoes, onions, black olives, sour cream, jalapeño peppers and salsa.

Firecracker Shrimp from Tacky Jack's - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Firecracker Shrimp
Lightly Breaded Shrimp fried and tossed in Asian Chili Sauce
Reminded us of Bang Bang Shrimp - really good.

Blackened Grouper Tacos from Tacky Jack's - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Blackened Grouper Fish Tacos 
Served in soft fresh flour tortillas with blended cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and Tacky Jack’s special sauce. Served with chips & salsa.
The special sauce is kinda spicy. So if you are sensitive to heat, ask for it on the side.

The TJ Burger from Tacky Jack's - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The TJ Burger was hands down my favorite!
Two quarter pound patties cooked to perfection on the griddle.
Served on a fresh butter toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fries & chips. 
I added bacon because everything is better with bacon.

Tacky Jack's was fun and delicious!
Everyone was extremely nice. We had a great time!

There are three locations - Gulf Shores, Orange Beach & Fort Morgan. 
We ate at the Gulf Shores location on this trip.

Tacky Jack's
https://www.tackyjacks.com/home
240 E 24th Ave
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-948-8881


Perch
Dinner on our second night was at Perch.
It is located in the brand new The Lodge at Gulf State Park.
It is an eco-friendly hotel by Hilton.

We started the meal with some yummy appetizers.
Onion rings, deviled eggs & ceviche.

Pork Chop from Perch  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Entrees
Pork Chop
Apple Brined Pork Chop, Pecans, Roasted Apples, and Potato Puree

Triple Cut Grilled Sirloin from Perch  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Triple Cut Grilled Sirloin 
served with Potato Puree, Asparagus, Peppered Au Jus

Double-Smoked Pork Belly  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Double-Smoked Pork Belly
Sliced Pork Belly, Tomato Bacon Jam, Balsamic, and Chimichurri Sauce
AMAZING!!!

S'mores Tart  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The S'mores Tart was the perfect ending to the meal!

Perch at Gulf State Park
21196 East Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-541-6100


Ruby Slipper
Mimosa from The Ruby Slipper  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We started the next day with brunch at The Ruby Slipper.
The mimosas are HUGE!!

Biscuit and Gravy Benedict from The Ruby Slipper  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The chef came out to talk to us about the menu and we ended up getting everything she recommended. 

First up - the biscuits and gravy benedict.
All of their egg benedict's are served on their biscuits.
This biscuit and gravy benedict was a monthly special. Keep an eye out for it.

St. Charles Chicken Biscuit Benedict from The Ruby Slipper  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The St. Charles Chicken Benedict is one of their specialities.
I HIGHLY recommend it. The chicken is crazy good.

Pecan Stuffed French Toast from The Ruby Slipper  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The monthly stuffed French toast special was pecan pie.
OMG! It was stuffed with pastry cream and topped with pecan pralines.
It was to die for.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from The Ruby Slipper  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Lastly we got the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.
I'm not really a pancake girl, but I ate the heck out of these pancakes.
YUM! That glaze on top makes it!!!

Pig Candy (Candied Bacon) from The Ruby Slipper  - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
One other item not to be missed is the Pig Candy.
This bacon is sent from heaven above.
You'll want to get one order per person - trust me!

We went back to The Ruby Slipper Cafe for a private biscuit making class.
I'll be sharing how to make the best buttermilk biscuits soon!

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
24151 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 
Phone: 251-800-7470



Red or White
Red or White - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We stopped in at Red or White for appetizers.
Red or White is a wine shop that also serves delicious gourmet food.

We started with the Antipasto Board 
2 Meats & 2 Cheeses, Warm Olives, White Beans, Roasted Nuts & Baguette 

Bruschetta from Red or White - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL

Next up was the Bruschetta.
Half were topped with Housemade Boursin Cheese, Fresh Tomatoes, and Olive Oil
The other half were topped with Pimento cheese with cashews and bacon

Pimento Cheese Bruschetta from Red or White - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
I LOVED everything, especially this Pimento Cheese Bruschetta.
I will definitely be making a copycat recipe! 
I want to drive back down to the beach just to eat this! GO HERE!

The owner told us they are known for their pizza. 
I happen to live for pizza, so you know I'll be taking Chicken Legs here soon!!

Red or White also sells TONS of great wines. 
I bought a couple for Christmas gifts when I was in the store.

Red or White
The Wharf
4851#D128 Wharf Parkway
Orange Beach AL 36561
Phone: 251-981-2851


Playa
The Pink Pineapple Cocktail from Playa - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
For our main course, we stopped in at Playa.
I started with the Pink Pineapple cocktail.
SO good! It was my favorite thing at Playa.

Chicken Pasta from Playa - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We got a few entrees to try.
First up, the Chicken Pasta - breaded thin chicken breast, cavatelli pasta, lemon caper sauce, shaved manchego. I would have preferred this chicken to be grilled, but it was good.

Shrimp and Grits from Playa - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Playa Gulf Shrimp & Grits - sweet corn grits, ham, peppers
This was the first thing to go!

Red Fish on the Half Shell from Playa - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Red Fish on the Half Shell - roasted red fish, tomato & avocado salad.
Looks intimidating but it was easy to eat and delicious.

Playa 
27842 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Alabama
Phone: 251-981-9891


The Yard Milkshake Bar
The Yard Milkshake Bar - Gulf Shores, AL
Not trip to Gulf Shores is complete without a trip to The Yard for a crazy milkshake.

Crazy Shakes from The Yard in Gulf Shores, AL  - The Mermaid -  Birthday cake ice cream inside a marshmallow cream dipped jar. Topped with whipped cream, marshmallow cream, mermaid candy jewels, rock candy stick and white chocolate mermaid tail
We got a couple to share.
The Mermaid 
Birthday cake ice cream inside a marshmallow cream dipped jar.
Topped with whipped cream, marshmallow cream, mermaid candy jewels, rock candy stick and white chocolate mermaid tail.

Crazy Shakes from The Yard in Gulf Shores, AL  - 5 Pieyow - Praline pecan ice cream in a chocolate iced jar. Topped with whipped cream, crushed pecans, fudge and maple syrup drizzle, chocolate dipped bacon and a waffle
The 5 Pieyow
Praline pecan ice cream in a chocolate iced jar.
Topped with whipped cream, crushed pecans, fudge and maple syrup drizzle, chocolate dipped bacon and a waffle.
CRAZY!


The Yard Milkshake Bar
3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-948-0121


Buzzcatz Coffee & Sweets
Homemade Pop Tart from Buzzcatz in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
I was super excited to eat at Buzzcatz. It had great reviews on Yelp.
It was actually rated the best breakfast place in Alabama according to Yelp & People magazine.
We ordered a bunch of pastries and went to town.

First up - homemade pop tarts. This was a sugar cookie pop tart. YUM!

 Blueberry Biscuit from Buzzcatz in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The blueberry biscuit was ridiculously good.
That glaze! The chef said the blueberry biscuit is just their regular biscuit recipe with blueberries folded in. The sweetness comes from the glaze.

Praline Cinnamon Roll from Buzzcatz in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Buzzcatz is famous for their cinnamon rolls.
I can see why! LOOK at that pecan cinnamon roll!
I want one right now!!!

Buttered Biscuit from Buzzcatz in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
I really, really enjoyed the plain biscuit. It came with homemade blueberry jam.
SO simple and SO delicious!

Ham & Cheese Quiche from Buzzcatz in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We got one savory item, the quiche.
It was really good. I love quiche, and I would eat this quiche any day of the week.
I could have eaten the whole thing! YUM!

Buzzcatz needs to be on your list of places to eat!
Fun, funky, friendly and fabulously delicious!

Buzzcatz Coffee & Sweets
25689 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL
Phone: 251-980-2899 (BUZZ)


The Gulf
The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
I had tons of people messaging me that I needed to eat at The Gulf.
I'm so glad we decided to eat here. It was my favorite place!

The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We started with a few cocktails, because why not!?!?!?

Hummus and Pita Chips from The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We started with the hummus.
It is the best hummus I've ever eaten. The pita bread that comes with it is SO good!
I want this right now!

Bacon Cheeseburger from The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The burger and fries are simple and delicious.

Fried Fish Sandwich from The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
You can never go wrong with the fried fish sandwich.
It was HUGE!

Chicken Sandwich from The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
I got the Chicken Sandwich. It had two chicken tenders and it was topped with a yummy chicken finger sauce. I am still dreaming about this sandwich. I ate the whole thing! I was miserably full, but it was totally worth it!

Blackberry Mojito from The Gulf in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The Gulf is right on the beach with great views.
It is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail and listen to the music.
I can't wait to come back!

The Gulf
27500 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-424-1800


Voyagers
Voyagers in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Dinner on our last night was at Voyagers Restaurant at the Perdido Beach Resort.
It was fancy!
We started with some appetizers - meat & cheese plate, wedge salad and ostrich carpaccio.
Full disclosure - I didn't touch the ostrich carpaccio. I wasn't brave enough to eat it! LOL!


Voyagers in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
For entrees, we had the Manhattan Cut Steak.

Voyagers in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The Perdidio Stuffed Chicken
It was stuffed with spinach, roasted tomatoes and fontina cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Voyagers in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
The Wagyu Tenderloin was delicious.

Voyagers in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
It came with this Mac & Cheese - YUM!


Voyagers in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We finished the meal with a trio of desserts.
Bread pudding, creme brûlée and a chocolate hazelnut panna cotta. 

Dinner at Voyagers is a real treat!
It is perfect for any special occasion!!

Voyagers
27200 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-981-9811


The Southern Grind
The Southern Grind in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We hit up The Southern Grind for breakfast before heading home.
I had lots of people on Instagram recommend The Southern Grind. I'm so glad we came!

You can't go wrong with their breakfast scramble!
This Jalapeño Potato Scramble was delicious!

The Southern Grind in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
We also got an order of french toast & bacon! YUM

The Southern Grind in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
I couldn't resist giving the chicken biscuit with honey a try.
It was good, but I definitely preferred our other entrees.

I hear The Southern Grind has great gelato.
I will have to check it out next time!

The Southern Grind
22843 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Phone: 251-975-2883



I had such a fun time exploring all the delicious food choices in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
I am already looking at the calendar so I can bring Chicken Legs back!

I have a list going for our trip back:

Fin and Fork 
Anchor Bar
Fishers
Bahama Bob's for a Bushwacker

What are your favorite places in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?
What should I add to my list?!?!??!
Let me know in the comments!


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Thank you to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism Board for hosting me on this trip. The tourism board planned and paid for the trip. I was not asked to share the trip on the blog. I chose to share the trip because I had a great time and thought my readers would enjoy reading about the trip.

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  1. We just got back from Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, too. We were there Dec.26-31. Surely you didn’t miss eating at Doc’s Seafood Shack or Big Fish. We always have to have lunch at Wahlburgers. Next trip will include Paula Deen’s new restaurant; it will be open by the next time we visit—-it will be next summer. There’s a couple of places in OWA that we haven’t tried. Pick up an Island Clipper for good coupons, good places to visit and good places to eat.

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  2. we have those crazy milk shakes in st augustine fl down town we had one a few weeks agonn they are crazy

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  3. Fin and Fork is hands down has the best seafood, and everything is amazing. Matt Ship (owner) knows what he’s doing in the kitchen and has a long history in the food industry. It’s hard to pick because it’s all so very good.

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    1. Kravers has the best seafood in Baldwin county and it isn't an over priced clip joint like most places at the beach. Fish river grill for everything else.

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  4. Big Mike's steakhouse, canal road, Orange beach. They have the best steaks hands down.

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  5. Lunas on Canal...next to Buzzcat....tbe best steak on the Island is at Big Mike's on Canal the absolute best sushi is at Big Fish...ask for Mimi she is the best sushi chef...I agree Tacky Jacks has a good bushwacker but the best is at Flippers....and you must get someone to take you to Pirate's Cove...it's much more unique than the Bama

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  6. Fin and Fork was ok... def have the oysters, but dinner was basic. Nothing special.

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  7. When you go to Fin and Fork go on Sunday for Brunch...they have BOTTOMLESS Mimosas! Get the Caribbean Grouper it is to die for❤️ And you must add Villaggio’s at the Wharf on your list!

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  8. Fish River Grill. They have a soup called swamp soup, it's green and literally looks like swamp water. Thankfully, looks are deceiving, one of the best soups I have
    ever had. Alligator bites are definitely one of my other favorites here.

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  9. We love Wolf Bay Lodge. My husband always has the fried flounder!

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  10. Wolf Bay Lodge! My husband always has the fried flounder.

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  11. I have had a house in OB for 30 years and finally finally we have great restaurants! You have definitely found some of the highlights, plus shown me some gems I didn't know about. Try Cosmo's, a long time local favorite, also Cobalt, Salt, and Flipper's. You might need more than one more trip 😂 Hint, May and October are the best months to go

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    1. I'll add those places to our list! I LOVE going to the beach in the Fall. Not as hot or crowded!

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  12. Fish River Grill for Swamp Soup and The Pink Pony!!!! 2 must haves!!

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    1. oh yes!! Fish River Grill Swamp soup! I wasn't sold at first look, but after having a taste, I am a believer!!

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  13. The Gulf was my favorite!!! Although that Pork Belly was amazing!!!

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  14. I'm an orange beach local and agree you should add Big fish, Villagio, and Salt to the list. All are great with unique atmospheres and known for different things. I'd also add a hidden gem: Bayes grill next to the Marriott suites at the wharf. Creole inspired appetizers and entrees, never had a bad meal here.

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  15. If y'all get tired of all that seafood, try Hog Wild. It's on 59 about 5-6 blocks from the beach. I've tried several items there and it's all been excellent. Best BBQ in LA!

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  16. What!! No comments about the Pink Pony.
    We love the Nachos,however last year we were there, we walked out after waiting 15 minutes to even get a greeting!!!
    Sea and suds has the best shrimp lunch for your money..and that view!!!

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    1. Putting Pink Pony on the list for next time - several people have recommended it

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  17. Add Cobalt to the list. The food & view are both wonderful. Their shrimp & grits are the best ever.

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    1. We loved Mikey’s too❣️ Our favorite!

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  19. ALL YOU CAN EAT boiled Royal Reda at The Undertow!!!! grilled corn in the husk, potatoes, drawn butter and homemade cocktail.... huge picnic like area in the back. WOW!

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  20. These all sound great. I have gone down the last 2 years to Gulf Shores and will be there again this year. I have made a list and hope to enjoy.

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  21. Cobalt's Happy Hour- Firecracker shrimp is sooo good.
    Blu's Burger's are amazing! Best burgers ever!

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  22. I live in Mobile & Orange Beach is basically our 2nd home, we're there all the time. Cobalt is a must! The tuna & avocado stack appetizer is really good. For dinner, you can't go wrong with the Bronze Gulf Grouper--in fact, this is what I order everytime,it's THAT good. I have never ordered their steaks but I hear they are great too. If you go at lunch, eat outside at the tiki bar if it's open & the weather's decent. Their fish sandwiches are good & so are their pizzas! Flippers at Bear Point Marina has great Bushwackers, much better than Flora-Bama or Tacky Jack's. If you have access to a boat, Pirate's Cove is right across the bay from Bear Point Marina & has the best cheeseburgers & bushwackers around (ask for a 151 topper on the bushwacker if you're feeling adventurous!). It is accessible by car but it's a bit of a drive from Orange Beach--it's technically in Josephine, AL. It is a dive, but is awesome for people & dog watching (it's dog friendly & there are dogs that live there also). Cosmo's has great food too. Have fun on your next trip!

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  23. My hubby and I absolutely love Bahamas Bob's!!! I ALWAYS order their Crab Cay Baked Whitefish. The fish is stuffed with crabmeat stuffing, topped with shrimp, and baked. Its to die for!! My hubby loves their royal reds!!

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  24. I think Mikee's has the best bushwacker. Lots of alcohol, and not too sweet with chocolate syrup.

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  25. Bushwackers are good but you haven't had a Dipnwacker yet. This delicious adult beverage can only be found at The Flying Harpoon 2 in Orange Beach. While you are there, try their one of a kind "Kernfish Krawbread"!

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  26. Mikee's is great. If you're wanting something that's off the beaten path and that the locals love, go to TinTop Bar and Restaurant near Bon Secour. It's FANTASTIC!!

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  27. The BBQ crab claws at Cosmos are a must!!! Our other favorite is Fishers-great atmosphere. We enjoy the casual dining because of the atmosphere so we always sit downstairs (they have fine dining upstairs). OMG- their burger is my favorite on the island. My husband and I always split a dozen raw and the burger. They have homemade onion straws on the burger that are to die for. The GULF is our other favorite. If you go in the summer you must try their berry side. They do homemade whipped cream and the chips that came with hummus-they saturate in powdered sugar. It's seriously delicious.

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  28. We love Colbalt, Cosmos, and the Original Oyster House. The oyster house has awesome gator bites. Also Acme Oyster house is good. They have "Boo Fries" with roast beef, gravy, and cheese...I could eat those ALL DAY!!

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  29. Lived in Gulf Shores 10 years and had vacation home there before living there. Best Mexican hands down is Cactus Cantina-they now have 5 locations. Acme Oyster and Tin Top has best oysters hands down. The Diner on 2nd Ave across from Tacky Jacks is great and Fish River Grill in Foley were always are go to spots. Look forward to moving back down there soon

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  30. Pig out bbq is an absolute must for us every year. Nothing fancy, just delicious!! Highly recommend.

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  31. Bill’s By The Beach in Gulf Shores. It is just west of the public beach. Their Berry Blast salad with strawberry lemonade vinaigrette is great lunch and beach food. They have a dark chocolate espresso
    cake too which is beyond delicious. The Keg in Orange Beach is a hole in the wall where you don’t know the time of day but their burger and cheese fries are the best. At the FloraBama get the Solar Energy and Island Girl drinks. Cobalt has really good pizza and drinks. The bar outside is great too. Red Ruby Slipper is on Yelp where you can get on the list ahead of time. That cinnamon butter for their biscuit is addictive. In fact, I have someone who makes their own butters sold at local stores.

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  32. Big Mike's is known for steaks but the best thing there is called the saltwater stack! Luna's, Lulu's, Acme Oyster House, and Original Oyster House. If you want a poboy to grab and take to the beach then hit up The Shrimp Basket!

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  33. The Shrimp Basket was probably our favorite dive when we were there a few years back. The red beans and rice are the best I have ever eaten. Worth ordering and having them shipped back to your house! The blackened fish with shrimp etoufee was my favorite entree there. The other food they have is great too, but mostly fried.

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  34. All the ones already listed plus...Blues Burger best burger here. King Neptune’s has some amazing zydeco pasta. The Forge Pizza hands down best pizza around. Margarita Loco really good Mexican. Hazels or Kitty’s Kafe have the best breakfast. The Diner near Tacky Jacks has great food. Dragonfly bar and grill in Daphne is a place to try. Those are some of my favorites. Oh and you can’t go home without the exprience of a throwed roll from Lambert’s.

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  35. We love DeSoto's and Tacky Jack's. Can't beat Royal Oyster Bar for oysters and drinks, and their Sidewinder fries are awesome!

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    1. I love Sidewinder fries!! Must check out Royal Oyster Bar next time

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