When I travel, brunch is one of my favorite meals to eat out! It gives me a “legitimate” excuse to sleep in since I don’t have to provide breakfast. Moms, you know what I mean! After brunch, I’m guaranteed a few solid hours of fun in the sun without having to do more than provide a few water bottles and snacks. Brunch, for beach dining, is the perfectly timed meal.
Where to dine is as important as when, and in Orange Beach, Alabama there are many wonderful options. Here they are in alphabetical order (because I really couldn’t pick a favorite)!
Brick & Spoon – I ate at Brick & Spoon, located at 24705 Canal Road in Orange Beach, on my first trip to Alabama’s beaches. Talk about setting a high bar! The restaurant is well known for its flavorful twist on Southern brunch classics — like shrimp and grits made with fire-roasted corn grits. I could go on about the brunch menu and the Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary menu, but instead I’ll just recommend that you make reservations and enjoy a leisurely brunch served with a side of kindness.
BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets – BuzzCatz, located at 25689 Canal Road in Orange Beach, is a budget-friendly bakery and more. The restaurant serves daily breakfast specials and light lunch items to eat in or to go. Of course, with a name like BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets, I recommend a cup of their locally roasted coffee and a homemade pastry. When you stop in, ask them where the name comes from! It’s a funny story, best told in person.
Ruby Slipper Café – If you like eggs benedict, look no further than the Ruby Slipper Café, located at 24151 Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach. The menu features six unique and delicious eggs benedict. If you’re like me, though, and can’t decide on your favorite, choose the Peacemaker, which lets you pick two flavors! Of course, if you aren’t in the mood for an eggs benedict, the menu also offers a number of other delectable dishes. Here’s a tip: Order the French Toast Batons as a brunch appetizer for the table! They’re fun to eat and tasty, too.
The Southern Grind Coffee House at Indigo – The Southern Grind at Indigo, located at 22843 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, is the second location for owners Jim and Jaime McPhillips. The couple, with help from Jimmy’s sister, Carol, wanted a relaxed place where people could gather for great food, coffee, gelato and snacks — and they’ve got it. Both locations are light and airy, decorated in soft ocean blues and greens — a gathering place for visitors and locals alike. The menu is fairly extensive and includes many healthy options. My personal favorite is the Avocado Egg Melt, especially if I wash it down with a small gelato!
The Southern Grind Coffee House at The Wharf is located at 4751 Main Street, Suite 116, Orange Beach. It offers the same great menu and both restaurants provide pet-friendly outdoor seating.
Every time I visit Orange Beach, one of these four restaurants (or maybe more than one) makes the “must-eat” list. Having someone else prepare the meal while I sip a fresh roast coffee (or mimosa) is a real treat! It sets the mood for a relaxing day. Isn’t that how life at the beach should be?