gumbo gulf shores

Where to celebrate National Gumbo Day on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Stay warm year-round with the fine flavors of Alabama gumbo.

Choosing your favorite gumbo during a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a proper task to take on. Most restaurants serve a special version of this dish, whether from a family recipe or the careful considerations of a classically trained chef.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are even home to a Gumbo Trail! While it couldn’t begin to encompass all the varieties and options available to you, it’s a great starting point for your Alabama Gulf Coast visit.

The information below will help you make a quick decision when you’re craving some outstanding gumbo. 

Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

● Location: Canal Road, Orange Beach

● Price: $7.99/bowl

● Why it’s special: They claim to have the best seafood gumbo in the world.

Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar

● Location: Canal Road, Orange Beach

● Price: $5/cup or $8/bowl

● Why it’s special: Duck and Andouille Sausage Gumbo with a traditional dark roux, okra, and the Cajun trinity of spices: tomato, peppers and onion.

Fisher’s Upstairs

● Location: Marina Road, Orange Beach

● Price: $9/bowl

● Why it’s special: Shrimp and Okra Gumbo made with Mississippi Blue Rice.

GT’s on the Bay

● Location: Canal Road, Orange Beach

● Price: $5/cup or $8/bowl

● Why it’s special: Served thick with shrimp, crab and Conecuh sausage plus vegetables with a traditional dark roux. 


● Location: East Beach (on the beach), Gulf Shores

● Price: $4/cup, $5.50/bowl or $14 for a to-go quart

● Why it’s special: It’s a family recipe, so you can bet it’s a crowd-pleaser served with a lot of love!

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s

● Location: near the airport in Gulf Shores (yes, there is an airport) just off the island, northeast of the bridge on Highway 59

● Price: $6/cup or $9/bowl

●  Why it’s special: The hand-stirred roux recipe made famous by Jimmy Buffet’s sister, Lucy Buffett, seals the deal.

When you finally decide which Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurant serves your favorite gumbo, reach out to us at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission on social media (don’t forget to tag #GSOBsports) and let us know!

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