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Travel Blogger: 11 Appetizers I Crave in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

One of the main reasons I love visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is the food.

Yes, the beaches are gorgeous. Yes, there are lots of adventurous things to do. But the food? Their restaurants knock it out of the park. 

I love tapas and appetizers and sometimes it's so hard to choose that I just get a bunch of them and call it a meal. The experience is even better when sitting by the water and enjoying a couple cocktails. Here are 11 appetizers I crave from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants.

Shannon's Favorite Seafood and Comfort Food Apps

Roasted oysters at Fisher's Dockside in Orange Beach, AL

Seafood Appetizers

If you're visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you'll want to have some seafood – even if you think you don't like seafood. The Cajun Roasted Oysters at Fisher's Dockside, covered in crispy breading and tongue-tantalizing spices are the ideal initiation for anyone who thinks they don't like oysters. They were the first oysters I ever tried in my life and now I crave them!

Speaking of seafood, one of my all-time favorite appetizers is the Blackened Shrimp with Fried Green Tomatoes at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill. The perfectly seasoned shrimp and the crispy, but warm and juicy, tomatoes are topped with a to-die-for remoulade. Not your typical remoulade, this version was tomato-based with just a little creole kick. My mouth still waters when I think about it. 

I never had smoked tuna dip until I visited Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. A friend of mine told me the Smoked Tuna Dip appetizer at Lulu’s was NOT to be missed. And she was right. They smoke their tuna onsite and it is the perfect blend of smoky and salty. This is an appetizer I make sure to order every time I'm in town. 

The Gulf in Orange Beach

Comfort Food Appetizers

Luna's Eat and Drink is one of my favorite spots to hang out and enjoy some craft beer and appetizers. Their Tomato Pie appetizer is a little like pizza – but in a buttery pie crust! It's made with vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet onion and fresh basil, and topped with a delicious blend of mayo and hot, bubbling cheeses. And it's all baked in a flaky pie crust that makes this the ultimate comfort food.   

The Gulf is one of those restaurants that just makes you feel at home. Whether you are sitting at their outdoor bar, on one of their couches on the sand, or a picnic table with the family, grab a couple orders of their hummus and you won't be sorry. Their fresh, soft pita chips/bread are really what puts this appetizer over the top.

Shannon's Favorite Cheesy and Unique Apps

Cheese dip at Cosmo's Restaurant & Bar

Cheesy Appetizers 

You can get an amazing build-your-own pizza at Sauced, but please don't skip the appetizer! Their Burrata is made with their signature, housemade cheese and served with homemade pesto, white balsamic glaze, and fresh baked focaccia. 

GTs On the Bay is the place to go for happy hour to watch the sunset. Their gorgeous waterfront location pairs well with a cocktail and my appetizer of choice – Totchos! This mound of crunchy tater tots is loaded with smoked pulled pork, sliced jalapeños, smoked Gouda cheese sauce and white BBQ sauce. It's perfect with their Cucumber Jalapeno Cooler cocktail!

The Cheese Dip at Cosmos doesn't have a fancy name, but trust me, it's what your cheese dreams are made of! Cosmos uses true farm-to-market cheese from the only local cheese farm in the area, where they raise their own cows. The silky blend of Swiss, Parmesan and locally made Sweet Home Farm Elberta cheeses is topped with crumbled feta and roasted tomato relish. You'll be in cheese heaven.

Vegan appetizers at Safari Club in Gulf Shores, AL

Unique Appetizers

How about a breakfast appetizer? I’d never seen a “starter” menu for breakfast, but the Brick & Spoon has one. Their “Bananas in Pajamas” - crispy banana egg rolls served with fosters sauce – are perfection with your first cup of coffee. 

For something upscale, get the Ostrich Carpaccio at Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort. This appetizer is served with capers, shaved Parmesan, crispy shallots, and whole grain mustard for an amazing culinary experience. 

If you're looking for a vegan choice, check out the Korean Fried Broccoli at Safari Club at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo! As Alabama’s first certified “Green Restaurant,” they have a full line of vegetarian and vegan offerings as well other offerings. Vegetarians – don't miss their amazing Crunchy Goat Cheese!

Are you hungry yet? Well print this list out and check off some of these delicious, crave-worthy appetizers on your next visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

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