Tucked Away in Paradise: Unexpected Restaurant Finds

Get off the beaten path and enjoy some of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s unique dining experiences featuring outstanding food, great views and even dog-friendly areas for your furry friends.

Southern Grind Coffee House Orange Beach AL

Want a great breakfast and coffee? Get over to The Southern Grind Coffee House in Orange Beach and enjoy some savory dishes to help you break the fast, or hit it at lunchtime for wraps and sandwiches to fill the empty spot in your stomach. The Pooch Porch outside is an excellent way to enjoy your meal and have Fido there, too. After eating, don’t forget to check out the gift shop with local, handmade and unique gift items.

A little farther down the road in Josephine is Pirates Cove. If the pirate-themed music on the website doesn’t pull you in, then the scenery and the menu will. Located on the north shore of Arnica Bay off of Baldwin County Road 95, the casual vibe at this waterfront dive can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner seven days a week. Grab a sandwich, burger or chicken strips, onion rings and fries at this eatery that also welcomes pooches to its pirates’ quarters.

At the beach and want a great pizza? Try Gulf Shores’ Crico’s Pizza and Subs. There’s a lunchtime pizza, pasta and salad bar that’s inexpensive and filling. Crico’s Pizza and Subs has long been known as a great place to grab one of America’s favorite foods. Best of all, it’s just a block or so off of the main beach in Gulf Shores and close to souvenir shops.

Bravo Tacos in Orange Beach AL

Serving fun, fresh, Latin-American food in a modest location, Bravo Tacos might go unnoticed in its location next to a convenience store, except for the excellent reputation it has built with new takes on tacos and burritos. Deciding between the Fish Taco and Pork Carnitas might be a difficult choice, but everyone can agree on the Queso Fundido: melted gouda and jack cheese topped with red chili chorizo sausage and caramelized onions. Burritos, salads and a variety of salsas make this eatery a real hot spot with locals and visitors alike. Find it on Alabama Highway 161 in Orange Beach.


Can’t decide what Gulf Shores or Orange Beach restaurant tickles your taste buds? Visit Eat Your Way to find your next meal.

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