Eat Your Way Around the Beach with a Gumbo Trail
Seafood gumbo is a can’t-miss culinary creation during a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation, and a chance for you to get a taste of the area’s Southern and Creole roots. Home cooks and restaurant chefs alike have their own ideas for what makes a perfect gumbo, and it always begins with the roux. Whether you like a dark roux or a light one, you’ll find a melting pot of choices.
Join the locals at Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar
in Gulf Shores for a hearty bowl of this Creole concoction on your next beach vacation. Doc’s isn’t known for putting on the ritz, but after a day of sun and sand it’s the ideal place to go for a big bowl of fresh seafood gumbo made with locally sourced ingredients.
Located just a short drive from Gulf Shores in the nearby fishing community of Bon Secour, you’ll find Tin Top Restaurant
. Skip the cup-sized order and go for the bowl. This traditional seafood gumbo is packed with fresh shrimp, crabmeat and andouille sausage.
in Gulf Shores boasts that their roux is hand-stirred “until your arm falls off.” Owner Lucy Buffett invites guests to experience their unique taste of “gumbo love.”
If you’re spending the day on the main public beach in Gulf Shores, take a walk over to Sea-N-Suds for beachfront dining and a cup of gumbo. The Sea-N-Suds
gumbo is known by visitors and locals alike for its use of fresh seafood and simple-but-mouthwatering ingredients.
Head to Bear Point Marina for the last lunch leg of your gumbo crawl and take in the bayfront views at Flippers Seafood & Oyster Bar
. Have the kids keep an eye out for dolphin sightings from the outdoor dining area while you feast on the chef’s housemade gumbo loaded with crabmeat, shrimp and sausage, and served with rice and crackers.
Enjoy dinner with a view at Wolf Bay Lodge
in Orange Beach. This long-standing local seafood restaurant is family owned and is a vacation tradition for many. Chefs prepare their gumbo fresh daily, and you’ll be treated to a dark Creole roux base mixed with Gulf shrimp, crabmeat and even fish.
For more seafood selections, visit the Seafood Fan Favorites
and Eat Your Way
through your next Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation. Let us know where you’re enjoying your gumbo by using #GSOBeyw on your foodie photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.