With so many different places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, I’m making it a mission to try new restaurants every visit in addition to visiting regular favorites. If you missed my Gulf Shores restaurants post from last fall, just click the link above to check it out.
Now I want to introduce you to five additional places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Alabama beaches really are a foodie’s paradise!
Coast Restaurant – Located in the clubhouse of The Beach Club, Coast Restaurant provides beautiful beach views and a locally-sourced menu. Reservations are recommended so if you’re headed out to Fort Morgan, plan a sunset dinner at Coast Restaurant on your way back to Gulf Shores proper.
I enjoyed the Crab Crusted Redfish with Cheese Grits while Hubs had the Beef Tenderloin. Surf and Turf between the two of us!
Don’t forget dessert! It was dark outside by the time we indulged in our sweet treats so my pics taken in candlelight just don’t do them justice.
Coast Restaurant is elegant, but kids are more than welcome. They even have Wikki Sticks ready for them to play with!
Cobalt The Restaurant – Under the Perdido Key Bridge in Orange Beach you’ll find a hidden gem: Cobalt The Restaurant. Whether you choose to arrive by land or water, you’ll enjoy daily fresh-caught seafood and waterfront dining.
Maybe you’ll want to start off with the Cobalt Crab & Shrimp Dip which is a delicious marriage of fresh blue crab. bay shrimp, and two different cheese. Spread it on grilled french bread and you just might have a hard time saving room for your entree.
Since Hubs is gluten-free, I don’t make many pasta dished at home anymore so it’s nice to enjoy it while we’re out and about. Cobalt’s Shrimp Fra Diavolo combines several of my favorite flavors like mushrooms, spinach, angel hair pasta (I miss you old friend!), and hello fresh SHRIMP!
Sarah’s Homemade – While not a restaurant, I have to includes Sarah’s Homemade on this list for those of you who like to stay in vacation rentals during your Gulf Shores visit. Here you can pick up a variety of main dishes, sides, and desserts that are ready to go. Just heat and serve in your condo and enjoy a night in!
That’s exactly what we did on the second day of our stay just to enjoy a little more beach time and relaxation at The Beach Club. There are gluten-free options available, and we enjoyed the hearty chicken and rice casserole (and not having to get cleaned up for dinner!)
The Hangout – The Hangout is pretty hard to miss since it’s located right on the Gulf Shores public beachfront. You can even walk up from the beach at your leisure when the sun and surf has your tummy growling.
We went for a very light lunch with the kids before heading on our kayak adventure. The Chips, Salsa, and Queso appetizer was just right for the kids and me to nosh on and Hubs had the gluten free Alabama Cobb Salad which was…well, see for yourself.
Lunch was quite tame and we enjoyed exploring some of the fun things on site.
With live music and drinks I can see things really cranking up at dinnertime though so plan for lunch or dinner accordingly depending on your group and what you’re in the mood for.
The Original Oyster House – We had a great experience at all the Gulf Shores restaurants we visited and would definitely each at each one again, but I think I saved the very best one for last. I almost feel guilty picking favorites, but The Original Oyster House was simply phenomenal for our family.
First of all, the kids’ drinks and entrees came with gators which absolutely made their days.
Second of all, they had the option of cheese pizza and fries which is pretty much all they’ll eat at restaurants besides bread, chips and desserts of course (Our pediatrician is aware and sympathetic.)
Thirdly, this gator on the porch is a Pokestop.
Let’s just say the Original Oyster House ranked a solid #1 for the kids, but how about Mom and Dad?
Fried green tomatoes topped with blackened popcorn shrimp with a side of cheese grits and turnip greens better than mama’s (sorry, Mom.) I’m kind of upset that I’m not eating this again right now. Order The Pleasure Island Stack and you won’t be disappointed.
I took mercy upon Hubs and actually let him dig into his Fried Shrimp without waiting on me to take a picture. He “cheats” on his GF diet just a couple of times per year and probably hadn’t had fried shrimp in about 365 days so it was a pleasure to watch him enjoy it. He raved about it and just to make sure it wasn’t just the deprivation talking, I sampled one and it was indeed rave-worthy.
Of course I couldn’t visit an oyster house without delighting in a dozen on the halfshell. Let me assure you there will be a second visit for our family and at that time I’ll be sampling their famous fire-roasted oysters.
Key Lime or Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie anyone? Hubs is still talking about them.
Note that we went for an early dinner and while we didn’t have to wait to be seated, there was a healthy crowd there. It’s a popular place (with good reason) so plan accordingly.
So where will you eat first on your next trip to the one-of-a-kind Alabama beaches? Here’s a few more ideas for you!
Disclosure: This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.