Two Tempting Coastal Culinary Crawls on Alabama Beaches

If you are visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, have you considered where and what to eat?

Villaggio Grille in Orange Beach

You want to get the best palette-pleasing experiences, so I have put together a couple of culinary crawls that will not only give you a taste of the town, but a quick tour as well!

Coastal Culinary Crawl #1

We are going to start out at The Wharf with the Italian-based eatery, Villaggio Grille. This Orange Beach restaurant is known for an extensive wine list, making it the perfect place for a pre-dinner vino paired with a tantalizing appetizer. I recommend Devils on Horseback for yumminess and good conversation. I won't ruin the surprise for everyone guessing what exactly this will be.

After appetizers are savored, hit the trail to Bill's by the Beach for entrees that are made with fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. Check out the Gulf Shores sunset time and try to arrange your arrival at Bill's to catch the beautiful and changing evening skies. The fresh catch is always a great pick, but my favorite mainstay at Bill's is the blackened Gulf shrimp with stone-ground yellow grits with parmesan and smoked gouda cheeses. It's always fun with friends to order different entrees and share to get a more diverse culinary experience.

When everyone's dinner has settled, load up and head to Lucy Buffett's LuLu's for amazing key lime pie and live music! If there's a wait, no worries! Waiting is half the fun at this Gulf Shores restaurant. Three bars, a large gift shop and lots of music will entertain your group until a table is ready.

Cobalt Restaurant in Orange Beach

Coastal Culinary Crawl #2

For starters, the Flora-Bama Yacht Club offers spectacular drinks and appetizers. My recommendations include the cherry limeade (nope, it's not Sonic), chargrilled oysters and firecracker calamari! Grab some outdoor seats on the sand and watch a lovely sunset.

Next, head over to Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach and enjoy a white tablecloth dinner entrée of grilled snapper or an aged-to-perfection, hand-cut steak paired perfectly with an amazing libation from the wine wall (which is definitely worth a photograph). This Gulf-front dining venue is outdone only by the culinary masterpieces. But save room for dessert!

Only two minutes up the road from Voyagers, you'll find Cobalt Restaurant, the home of mason jar banana pudding! I cannot explain how wonderful this Southern dessert tops off a fun night of exploring the tastes of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Savor the remainder of the evening with a cup of java and enjoy the reflections of your coastal culinary crawls.

There's no crawl like a foodie crawl! Enjoy, my friends!

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