My Alabama Gulf Coast Foodie Adventure
Gulf Shore & Orange Beach
Plan for a Full Breakfast on the Alabama Gulf Coast
I’m not a huge breakfast person, but if I lived on the Alabama Gulf Coast, I would be.
Southern Grind Coffee House at Indigo is directly across from the beach and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Here you’ll find options for breakfast and lunch, as well as gelato, baked goods and even home décor. The bright interior is beautifully decorated in ocean hues, making it the perfect place to start your day at the beach.
I had the Jalapeno Potato Scramble – eggs scrambled up with seasoned potatoes, cheddar cheese, peppers, onions and jalapenos. With a side of toast and bacon, this was a hearty breakfast with tons of flavors. And Southern Grind offers one of my favorite coffee options: Nitro Cold Brew, an extra-caffeinated coffee infused with nitrogen.
The Ruby Slipper Café was my favorite meal on my recent visit – and not just for the amazing food and delicious breakfast cocktails. I also loved the friendly service and the story behind the store. The Ruby Slipper Café was founded in New Orleans where the owners were “inspired by a powerful sense of homecoming when returning after Hurricane Katrina.”
With locations across the Gulf Coast, the Ruby Slipper Café is known for its incredible Eggs Benedict options including shrimp, pork, chicken, corned beef and salmon. Can’t choose just one? Order the Peacemaker, which allows you to mix and match any two benedicts.
I sampled everyone’s food at my table and recommend the Pig Candy Bacon (made with brown sugar – it’s TO DIE FOR), corned beef hash, stuffed French toast, and the Chicken St. Charles Benedict (fried chicken, poached egg and cream sauce over a buttermilk biscuit). Get an order of French Toast Batons for the table – crispy, sweet and delicious!
And don’t forget your morning drink! Try a fresh berry mimosa, a Morning Margarita, or an Irish Cream Coffee. As a big fan of breakfast cocktails, I loved the tag line on their coffee mugs: “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.” Now that sounds like a beach vacation mantra if I’ve ever heard one!