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A Culinary Adventure Along Alabama’s Gulf Shore

The gulf coast of Alabama is a foodie’s dream come true. After exploring the sites of Mobile, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, head to one of these great restaurants. Each one is unique and features music on a regular basis. Foodies not accustomed to dining on Southern comfort food are in for a very special treat.

  1. The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores on the Bayou overlooks the scenic Big Lagoon. Create your own platter of fresh fish or shell fish prepared just the way you like it, along with your choice of sides. Try their House Recipe Turnip Greens and Red Beans and Rice. Their Peanut Butter Pie is one of the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die.” After dining, relax on the porch in one of their colorful rocking chairs, feed the fish or shop in one of the boutique shops on their boardwalk complex.

  1. Lulu’s at Homeport in Gulf Shores is the place to let the good times roll. There is always plenty of music and you are sure to hear “Margaritaville,” the iconic fun-in-the-sun song made famous by the owner’s brother, Jimmy Buffett. Try “Crazy Sista’s Version” of hand-pattied burger seasoned with LuLu’s Salty Peppa. Check out their extensive variety of “Gulf Wild” fish and learn about your dinner – more than you ever knew before. Check the GSA number on the tag that comes with your fish and you will learn where your fish was caught, who caught it and from what vessel. Don’t miss their L.A. Caviar — black-eyed peas — which made the coveted “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die.”
  1. Village Hideaway Grill in Gulf Shores is one of the dining options at the luxurious Beach Club Resort, which is part of Spectrum Resorts. The Village Hideaway offers guests and owners an exciting new gathering place to enjoy delicious food and drinks, games and good times. Featuring creative grilled dishes, an extensive selection of craft beers, pool tables, shuffleboard, video games and flat screen TVs, The Village Hideaway is the perfect place to break away from the beach, gather for lunch or enjoy a fun-filled evening with family and friends. Their fish tacos, gumbo and taco salad are outstanding.

  1. Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar is in nearby Bon Secour. You know a place is excellent when people drive a bit out of the way to dine. Tucked under the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, they offer patio and indoor dining along with a 45-foot long outdoor oyster bar. After dining on seafood make sure to save room for their great Traditional Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce accompanied by “an adult milk shake” called the Bushwhacker. The Bushwhacker is a smooth mix of vanilla ice cream, coffee liqueur and rum. Both are decadent in the extreme.
  1. Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores is one of four Tacky Jacks. With a name like Tacky Jacks it just has to be good. This newest Tacky Jacks offers beautiful views of the intracoastal waterways. It is perfect for kids of all ages. Try Tacky Jacks Po Boy fresh flakey fish on a hoagie. Don’t miss Happy Hour from 2 to 6 Monday to Friday. Toe-tapping, knee-slapping music is often on the agenda. Their Farmer’s Omelet is on the list of “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die,” and it has everything: potatoes, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage, ham, plus American and cheddar cheese inside and out. A great way to start the day.

  1. Bob Baumhower’s Compleat Angler: Imagine a restaurant named for a book written in the 1600s — and one that is still in print. Bob Baumhower’s Compleat Angler Seafood & Grill pays tribute to the book of the same name written in 1653. Get in the “Island Spirit” while enjoying their Bimini Bread and with local oysters at their waterfront locations in Daphne and Orange Beach. Their West Indies Seafood Salad, Conch Fritters and Alligator Bites are unforgettable. They “think globally and act locally.”
  1. King Neptune’s in Gulf Shores has received many awards, especially for their Royal Red Shrimp which is on the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die.” But there is more. If you think you don’t like calamari, try their fried calamari tossed in a spicy sweet sesame chili sauce; it will turn you into a calamari lover And, for the drop-dead best dessert anywhere in the world don’t leave without savoring their Fried Cheesecake. It is a New York-style cheesecake rolled in cornflake crumbs, fried crisp and topped with toasted pecans in a praline sauce. So wonderfully decadent!

  1. The Hangout in Gulf Shores is a family fun place. The food is great, the music is live and the fun never stops. Start with some of their great appetizers, such as their Shaka-Shaka Shrimp with a choice of grilled or fried Gulf shrimp lightly drizzled in their amazing Shaka-Shaka sauce. You can not go wrong with their Triple Dip: tuna, hummus and spinach artichoke dips served with grilled pita and fresh fried tortilla chips. Their Wipe Out Burger is one of the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die.” While you are waiting you can play in their unique bubble machine. Don’t be surprised if the staff hops up on the table to belt out a few bars of a song.
  1. Spot of Tea in Mobile has also earned a place on the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die” for their Eggs Cathedral and Banana Foster French Toast. Both are great any time of the day. Eggs Cathedral is a grilled English muffin topped with crab cake, scrambled eggs and their homemade seafood sauce served with blackened Mexican grouper and crawfish, with a side of hash brown potatoes. Their Banana Foster French Toast is two thick egg-battered slices of French Toast topped with hot Banana Foster sauce and bananas served with ham, steak, sausage or bacon.

  1. And more. Let the feasting begin. You will never run out of great dining experiences in the Gulf Coast area of Alabama. Need more suggestions? In Mobile check out the winning bacon cheeseburger at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club and the oysters “fried, stewed or nude” at Wintzell’s with several locations in the area. For a fine dining experience, head to Trellis Restaurant at the historic Battle House in Mobile.
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