Five Seafood Spots That'll Bring You Back to Alabama's Beaches
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
I was fortunate enough to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast twice in the past year. This was happiness to me, because I only travel to places that guarantee a meaningful and exciting food adventure. If this adventure means fresh seafood that was caught within mere miles, I will eat to my heart’s content – and I did.
Gulf Shores restaurants serve impressive fresh and local seafood, whether it’s raw, broiled, deep fried, stuffed into tacos, or stirred into soups.
Some of the restaurants, like Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, participate in the Fish Trax program, meaning you can trace the source of your seafood, including location, captain and boat.
LuLu’s is a family-friendly restaurant that touts “crazy fun” featuring an arcade and a jellyfish jumper. You can have fast and casual seafood like a shrimp basket or Mahi Mahi sandwich. I enjoyed snapper made a few different ways, all mouthwatering. Catering to special allergy/food needs while serving the freshest fish, they offer a dairy-free menu, gluten-free menu, seafood-free menu, shellfish-free menu, soy-free menu and egg-free menu.
I really like eating outside with a waterfront view. The Gulf, a unique outdoor-only restaurant on the beach, serves one big, fat, messy grouper sandwich that I was happy to stuff my face with. Served with the crispiest French fries while gazing at the Gulf of Mexico, this is casual at its best. The Gulf is one of the most unique eateries in the area, as the gift shop, kitchen and offices are constructed from shipping containers.