Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL: Baldwin County (Our First Alabama County)
Think about some of your favorite foods right this second! If you absolutely love seafood, then you have clicked on a blog that is covering the right region. There is no need for any breaks when it comes to this delicate food that I personally adore as well. We knew there would be plenty of this Gulf Coast specialty. Offered three meals a day and it’s what created the tiny tear in my wonderful blue eye as we dove into the menus. Here are some of the best of our family meals in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach while we keep on summering! Don’t think for a moment that the summer ends when the leaves start changing colors up north…..
*We had the great pleasure to be hosted by the awesome folks at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. Some of our meals were complimentary and the views expressed are always of our own. Let’s gallivant, Bama!
Ring the Breakfast Bell, Bama!
The Ruby Slipper Cafe made history here on The Iowa Gallivant by unloading a great portion of Gulf shrimp over fresh southern biscuits. This is a total Alabama experience in one meal. Along with fresh shrimp and fluffy biscuits, the Boogaloo Benedict is topped with pork Tasso and Creole tomato Coubion. That’s not it! After you cut into the poached eggs you’ll be getting a bite of fried green tomatoes in every bite!
Sunliner Diner goes back decades with their decor, concept, and stick to your Alabama ribs breakfasts. We’re Benedict fans and it came calling again. Jumbo shrimp with a Creole hollandaise over their beautiful biscuits and a side of grits to make your mom happy with your choices. I just assume that all moms would appreciate that. The trusty sidekick of chicken fried chicken topped with sausage gravy slid into place and was properly annihilated. Dipped into over-easy eggs with every bite with noticeable and delicious crunch from the breading.
Sign me right up for Cafe Beignet! These wonderful delights are served hot out of the fryer and you are welcomed to support the sugar industry all you want here. Have them classic style or filled with pudding and topped with chocolate, so please enjoy all with hot coffee. This is a great fuel booster before taking your first dip of the day on the white-sand beaches!
We love getting recommendations from the locals and they nearly had a runway crew setup directing us to City Donut. Their long and fast moving line shuffled us through with the rest of the eager customers. If you get one sweet selection here make it the glazed croissant. Make it two of them. Oh boy. Get a lot, and become the greatest friend to all on the nearby beach since the invention of the towel.
You have many choices for restaurants in the area and we all love a great special especially when it comes to lunch. Luna’s Eat & Drink has one of the most talented kitchen crews in Baldwin County and we had an amazing meal from these folks. Our server knew the menu inside and out and kept us entertained with her descriptions of meals they so proudly prepare. Obviously the entrees were home runs but let me tell you this. The collard green are the truth here. Slow cooked with Alabama’s famous Conecuh sausage and simply unbelievable. Order whatever you want here, but DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT SOME GREENS!
We love our seafood and we like to beef up our meals as well. Make the Alabama cattle ranchers proud when you order the Roast Beef Debris Po’Boy! This New Orleans original has made it to the Alabama beaches and inside fresh French bread at The Flying Harpoon 2! One of the richest tasting beef sandwiches you’ll ever meet-up with and it soaks right into that Po’Boy bread. Highly recommend paring it with their twice baked potato stuffed with blue crab, gulf shrimp, crawfish, and topped with melted cheese. Better give it a dose of their sour cream remoulade sauce.
Another locale the locals said we had to visit! Longtime favorite of Gulf Shores and brilliant place to view the coast is the Sea-N-Suds. Pile in for the apps, fresh salad bar, great drinks, oyster bar, or nightly specials and watch the Gulf Shores universe go by. One Royal Red shrimp at a time.
You get taken care of here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The hospitality is supreme and the community prides itself with this. One of our first stops in Gulf Shores was here at Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s and we couldn’t have asked for a better welcoming to Alabama’s beaches. Fun, food, and music is their motto here and you can add more to that. Friendly and professional service while going the extra mile. More like an extra 10 miles. LuLu’s wants everyone to have a memorable and safe vacation here in Gulf Shores. Which is why they are proud to offer and extensive allergen and vegan menu. The manager takes the time to hear about what your dietary needs are with careful respect. Add this with all the views, tasty food, live music, arcade games, gifts, and sunsets. Make Lulu’s happen, y’all. BTW…A little pelican tells be that Jimmy Buffett’s sister owns this joint. You just started craving a margarita!
One of the funnest experiences we had in Alabama was at The Hangout! The entire atmosphere was unforgettable with an open air dining room and a beachfront view. Great food and service that made us feel right at home for like the zillionth time in Alabama. They also got us dancing on the tables and that’s not an embellishment. They asked the diners for August birthdays and that’s when the party really started. Luckily this happened before my enormous burger was served because myself, my daughter, and all others with August birthdays were encouraged to stand on the tables and boogied our way into The Hangout evening.
That was a lot of great meals. Do you think that’s all we had to eat? Nope! We’ve only begun to tell you about the oodles of restaurants here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You’re going to love what JayJay and Monie had on a couple grownup getaways we were able to accomplish during our time here. Let’s just say we got to tiptoe into Florida for a little while and by tiptoe, I mean getting a chance to see a national treasure on the state line. Let’s get clicking on some sites to start your own Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation!
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