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Six of the Best Beach Appetizers at My Favorite Coastal Restaurants
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have a pretty amazing culinary scene, especially when it comes to seafood. However, I will admit that often I hold off on appetizers in fear of not being able to eat my entrée. With that in mind, sometimes my husband and I will just go to a restaurant that serves amazing appetizers, order a couple and sit at the bar or outside. It’s perfect for a casual night sprinkled with good conversation and sometimes even live music.
LuLu’s in Gulf Shores has long been a favorite in our household. And why shouldn’t it be? My goodness – there are delicious menu options, great (and unique) drinks, live music, a huge gift shop, a rope-climbing course and so much more! Yes, there’s usually a wait, but it’s part of the fun! Two appetizers that are always top of mind when visiting LuLu’s are A Mountain of Fried Okra and LuLu’s Famous Seafood Gumbo. The okra is deep-fried Southern-style with LuLu’s ranch dressing, and it’s so tasty! Of course, hand-stirred seafood gumbo is hard to beat as well, so just order them both! They go well with good ol’ Southern sweet tea, a cold beer or a Jet Ski Killer!
The Hangout serves some stupendous appetizers and has a fun atmosphere, too. Try the Fried Pickles with the avocado ranch dressing for dipping. And don’t miss the Local Smoked Tuna Dip and Hummus Platter that has olives plus roasted and fresh veggies, and comes with warm pita bread – and there’s plenty to share! Pair with a sunset and fruity umbrella drink for the perfect end to any day.
The Wharf in Orange Beach is home to one of my favorite restaurants: Villaggio Grille. A beautiful venue, Villaggio serves lovely wines, over-the-top entrees and superb appetizers (which they refer to as “snacks”). I’m not always a fan of calamari, but they serve one that I love – Calamari Fritti – lightly fried and seasoned with parmesan cheese, lemons and citrus sweet chili. Their Shrimp Arancini is also pretty special with panko-breaded risotto, gulf shrimp, roasted peppers, parmesan and diablo cream. If you happen to go for Happy Hour, ask about penny cocktails and order up some of these snacks to make it a meal!