Fresh Fish Trail
So much fish, so little time. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach chefs serve up fresh Gulf and back bay fish daily. If the idea of fresh fish makes your mouth water, then this is the Eat Your Way Around the Beach trail for you. Order up Gulf Coast specialties such as red snapper and grouper prepared by talented chefs at restaurants along Alabama’s white-sand beaches. It’s the perfect setting for the Fresh Fish Trail. For more Fan Favorite seafood restaurants, be sure to check out the directory.
Begin your Fresh Fish Trail at Ruby Slipper
in Orange Beach, where you can get your fix for both fish and shrimp all in one dish. The Gulf Fish “St. Peter” is a pan-seared fish-of-the-day option. It’s served over a cheesy grits cake, topped with sautéed spinach and tomatoes with a skewer of grilled shrimp and finished with Creole mustard hollandaise.
If simple times in summertime (or spring, fall or winter) have you craving a generous portion of tried-and-true fried fish, drive over to Mikee’s Seafood Restaurant
in Gulf Shores for the all-you-can-eat whitefish or catfish. If you’ve got a big appetite, you’ll want to wear your stretchy pants! Featuring golden-fried perfection, fish plates are served with hushpuppies and a choice of sides, including Southern favorites like baked beans, turnip greens, new potatoes and marinated cabbage.
End Day 1 on the creative side with Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish at Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar
in Orange Beach. The fish is the chef’s selection and is sure to please. It’s rubbed with a special blend of herbs and seasonings, wrapped in banana leaves and baked. This dish tastes even lighter with the addition of house rice and lemon garlic asparagus.
Satisfy your Taco Tuesday craving with a plate of Fried Mahi Tacos from Playa
in Orange Beach and feast on a blend of Caribbean-inspired cuisine. The fried mahi is served with pickled red onion, cabbage, cotija cheese and lime sour cream on a flour tortilla. It’s the perfect, not-too-heavy lunch for a day spent in the sun and sand.
Do you prefer your fish served with a side of heat? Stop in at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club
for the Sesame-Wasabi Pea Crusted Yellowfin Tuna, served with Asian-inspired julienned squash. Don’t let the restaurant name fool you, either. The open-air dive’s laidback atmosphere makes shorts and flip flops the outfit of the day.
For lunch on the lighter side and bay views of passing boats, dine outdoors at Cobalt, The Restaurant
during your exploration of the Eat Your Way Around the Beach Fresh Fish Trail. The Blackened Tuna Salad is dressed with a champagne citrus vinaigrette and topped with candied Baldwin County pecans, crumbled goat cheese, orange segments and house-pickled vegetables.
On the Alabama Gulf Coast, more is always better, right? For your last stop on the Fresh Fish Trail, we’re combining two beach favorites – crab and redfish – at Coast Restaurant
at The Beach Club. One bite of the Crab Crusted Redfish and you may forget about the dessert menu altogether. Your redfish is covered in crab and oven roasted. Served over gouda cheese grits with garlic green beans and lemon caper cream, you’ll want to loosen those buttons mid-meal.