8 Great Places to Eat in Gulf Shores, Alabama

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I was on a Press Trip in Gulf Shores Alabama just after a conference in Alabama and had a great time. You go for the beach and the things to do, but while you are there, the food seen deserves some thoughtful and very careful research. Here are some places I enjoyed:

Lunch and Dinner

The Gulf Restaurant - Orange Beach

The Gulf – Orange Beach

When you come on vacation to a beach community, just about the perfect spot to eat is on a beach. My new favorite restaurant in the Gulf Shores area is simply called The Gulf. The Gulf is located right by the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach. The Gulf is constructed of old shipping containers so even the architecture of the restaurant is noteworthy. 

Add in a sunset and a flyover by the Blue Angels and you get some sense of the experience eating there. As the Blue Angels flew over, Kay Maghan from Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism just kept hitting me on the back saying something like “ooo, ooo, ooo”, but one of the employees just look at her watch and said, “oh, is it 7 o’clock already”. The Blue Angels are based nearby in Pensacola, Florida and often make an appearance Sunday evenings.

The Gulf Restaurant - Orange Beach

The Gulf Restaurant - Orange Beach

The restaurant fare is burgers, sandwiches, sea food like crab legs, tacos and taco bowls, so simple but great. You can eat at the bar, on the deck or the lawn which slopes down to the beach. This is a place to go with friends and linger over dinner.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina - Gulf Shores

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores

LuLu’s is a popular restaurant located adjacent to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway so in addition to good food and a great playground for kids this restaurant features the occasional barge going by. The restaurant’s founder is Lucy Buffet, the sister of Jimmy Buffet. When she got tired of Hollywood she returned to the South and created a series of restaurants “where life is good and lunch lasts forever.”

In the summer they serve 4,000 people a day so there can certainly be a wait. They don’t take reservations but they have added a feature on their website to join the waiting list.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina - Gulf Shores

With a three-story rope climbing apparatus, face-painting, hair-wraps, volleyball nets, live music, a  retail store, a sandy beach area (equipped with pails, shovels and other beach toys), and an arcade, LuLu’s is as much a destination as a dinner.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina - Gulf Shores

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina - Gulf Shores

They are known for their gumbo, but I had the jerk chicken sandwich instead. I am also a fan of their L.A. (Lower Alabama) caviar made from black eyed peas. Save some room for the Key Lime Pie or the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding for dessert.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina - Gulf Shores - Alergy Menu

LuLu’s has an extensive specialty menus for people with allergies. Whether you are allergic to gluten, egg, seafood, shellfish, dairy or soy, they have something for you.

Hog Wild Beach & BBQ - Gulf Shores

Hog Wild Beach & BBQ – Gulf Shores

In my book, any day is a good day for BBQ and if you are looking for some good BBQ, I recommend the fare at Hog Wild Beach & BBQ. Hog Wild has been voted one of the top 10 BBQ joints in Alabama and one of the top 5 places for french fries (their wild fries). I could tell you about their slow cooked meat and homemade sauces, but if I didn’t already have your interest at BBQ, then I pity your shallow vegan existence.

Hog Wild Beach & BBQ - Gulf Shores

Bill’s by the Beach – Gulf Shores

Bill’s isn’t on the beach but it is by the beach. The restaurant prides itself on the fresh seafood, but there was also plenty to like for a non-seafood eater like me. We tried the Bacon & Crab Cheesecake, the Comeback Shrimp and the Fried Mac & Cheese for an appetizer.  The APB (Apple, Pecan & Blue cheese) salad was really good.

Dessert included Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Key Lime Pie and Dessert Beignets.

Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina – Orange Beach

Fisher’s is not one restaurant but two. When you want something more casual you can eat downstairs in the dockside restaurant, but when you are ready for a white tablecloth experience, head upstairs at Fisher’s. The two restaurants have a different menu as well as ambiance but both are recommended by Southern Living in their list of the 10 best restaurants in the South (2017).

Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina - Orange Beach

We ate upstairs where much of the group tried and enjoyed the farm raised oysters as an appetizer. The menu is mainly surf and turf, with a number of fresh seafood choices. I tried the 10 oz. Raines Wagyu New York strip with a wild mushroom compound butter and my mouth is watering even now writing about it. I opted for a pilaf instead of the usual potato and turnip mash and thought that made a good complement to the beef. I was tempted by the Rabbit pasta which also got great reviews.

Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina - Orange Beach

There are a number of different dessert options daily but let me just say, “Steen’s cane syrup caramel popcorn dome”. You can thank me later.

Breakfast

Brick & Spoon

My favorite breakfast spot was the Brick & Spoon, because the food is just marvelous. You will have the difficult choice of choosing between such goodies as Banana Foster’s french toast and Breakfast Tacos in Fried Wonton Shells with Chorizo Scrambled Eggs and Mango Salsa. Travel+Leisure named Brick & Spoon one of the 10 best breakfast spots in the USA. I will second that.

If you are a fan of a Bloody Mary for breakfast then you have come to the right place. They have an entire menu for the concoction and keep tabs on how many they serve.

Kitty’s Kafe at Pelican Place – Gulf Shores

Kitty’s serves breakfast all day in addition to a lunch menu.They have the usual breakfast favorites as well as a large selection of Eggs Benedict specialties with everything from crab cakes to fried green tomatoes. This is the place to go when you are missing your local favorite breakfast joint or just have a craving for southern fare like country fried steak, biscuits and gravy, or fried green tomatoes.

The Southern Grind Coffee House - Gulf Shores

The Southern Grind Coffee House – Gulf Shores

Southern Grind is a great place to go even if you are not that hungry, just to look at the artwork which is on sale, or of course for a cup of coffee. This is a pleasant place to start any day. I had the Breakfast Biscuit because I was trying to be good. If any one claims that they saw me finishing up someone else’s Belgian Waffle, I would point out that there is no photographic evidence to support that claim.

The Southern Grind Coffee House - Gulf Shores

What did I miss? What is your favorite place to each in the Gulf Shores area?

8 Great Places to Eat in Gulf Shores, Alabama

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.



One Response to “8 Great Places to Eat in Gulf Shores, Alabama”

Paula Schuck

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IT was a pleasure to meet you during the Fam Tour and boy the food was very good. I agree with Brick and Spoon for sure. That Bananas Foster French Toast was incredible. I am spoiled for sure. I haven’t had seafood since I returned and cannot even look at it the same because frankly the tiny little scallops here that restaurants pass off as seafood are embarrassing compared to the massive ones I had at Fishers. Have a great day!

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