When we first started visiting the area, I was a bit worried that finding a good vegetarian meal in an area known for fresh seafood may prove difficult. Thankfully, my fears were for nothing and I have fallen in love with going out to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We often talk about what restaurants we can’t wait to return to on our next trip. The restaurants in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area have done a wonderful job of designating menu items, so it is easy to see what is vegetarian or vegan. I have never had a problem getting a meal that I have loved.
I normally check out the restaurant menus online before we go so I have an idea of what my options are and if they fit what I am craving that night. This is a great way to plan and make sure you can enjoy amazing meals during your stay in Coastal Alabama. Don’t be afraid to ask the restaurant which menu options are available! Many times I have found out about a chef special that is not written in the menu, but that they love preparing for guests.
Let me introduce you to ten of my favorite vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants on the Alabama Gulf Coast. This list could easily be double or triple the length because there are many great options for vegetarians and vegans in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
3. Brick & Spoon
For breakfast or brunch in Orange Beach, you can’t go wrong with Brick & Spoon, as the restaurant has a wide variety of options for vegetarians and vegans. The baked brie bruschetta with caramelized apples and raisins is a must-try. They also offer a garden omelet, pancakes, and French toast, including a banana foster French toast, which is epic. I love that they have a farmer’s market benedict with seasonal vegetables. I had the breakfast tacos without the chorizo, which were also delicious.
4. Villaggio Grille at The Wharf
If you’re looking for Italian vegetarian options, you must check out Villaggio Grille at the Wharf. Hello…yum! This spot in Orange Beach serves up wood-fired pizzas that are beyond delicious. You can choose from a Margherita, red pepper pesto, Greek (minus the prosciutto), pear and goat cheese, and more. Villaggio Grille’s menu also includes amazing salads, a fruit and cheese platter, a grilled vegetable plate and more. This restaurant is classy and comfortable and, most importantly,offers fantastic food.
7. Original Oyster House
I know you think I’m crazy sending you to an oyster house, but there are excellent vegetarian options here!. The appetizer menu is filled with lots of yummy fried food, such as tomatoes, pickles, and mozzarella. If that is a bit too much fried goodness for you, one of the items I enjoy at the Original Oyster House is the expansive salad bar. Thise Gulf Shores restaurant also has baked garlic Aalfredo pasta that is a delightful vegetarian meal when you. Just request it with no meat.
8. Cactus Cantina
I could happily live on chips and salsa with a side of guac! Cactus Cantina Gulf Shores offers fresh guacamole, a variety of salsas, salads, cheese enchiladas, veggie fajitas, spinach and mushroom quesadillas, and cactus veggie burritos. I appreciate that the restaurant has a vegetarian section on the menu to make it easier to find the offerings.