Gulf Shores Restaurant Serves Up More Good Eats
My summers as a native southern girl have included a trip to Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast for as long as I can remember.
As a child, the excitement was in building sandcastles and splashing in the water. Of course, that transitioned through my teenage years as I looked forward to laying for countless hours on a towel in the sand, soaking up the rays and spending my evenings playing mini golf or looking for live music. Now, as an adult my horizons have expanded, and I am almost giddy about finding amazing coastal culinary treats. Always on the lookout, I discovered a new restaurant on my latest trip to the Gulf Shores Orange Beach area, and I am so excited to share it!
Bill's by the Beach opened in May 2014. It is situated so perfectly right across from the beach, making sunsets and unobstructed views commonplace. My first impression is the wait staff and their friendly demeanor, quickly followed by an incredible dining room ambiance. And then there's the menu. Fresh farm-to-table, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients make all the difference at Bill's by the Beach. Also, check out the extensive wine and drink menu for pairings that complement your meal perfectly.
Bill's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I was there for dinner so I'll focus on that. Appetizers, soups and salads were carefully crafted to stand apart from standard “house” salads. For instance, fried green tomatoes are popular in the south, but their take on them was Fried Green Tomato Sliders with Coastal Slaw, Conecuh Bacon and spicy mayo toppings. Coconut Shrimp and Truffle Chips (fresh Idaho Potato Chips with White Truffle oil and Parmesan Cheese) were two of my favorites along with Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. For a moment, I thought I was in Louisiana!
For the main course, it was honestly a very tough decision because everything looked amazing, and that's not a compliment that I throw out easily. I'm a bit of a tough cookie when it comes to seafood. The fresh catch-of-the-day is on the chalkboard each day, but I was more enticed by the Shrimp and Grits because of the detailed description: Blackened Gulf Shrimp with Stone Ground Yellow Grits, Parmesan and Smoked Gouda Cheeses and Red Eye Gravy. Okay, just twist my arm. Flavorful and different, the Shrimp and Grits were a winner with me. My neighbor ordered an interesting seafood pasta that I tasted and it was equally delightful – Truffle Mac and Cheese with Shrimp made with Cavatappi Pasta with White Truffle Cream, Smoked Gouda White Cheddar Cheeses, Wild Mushrooms and Blackened Shrimp.