Eat Your Way Around the Crab Trail
A Part Of The Beach Bites Series
One thing is for sure if you come to the beach, you should expect to eat fresh crab meat. Whether you like it on the claw or as a cake, there is no better way to eat crab than right off the boat.
The early bird gets the crab! Start day one of your crab trail at Another Broken Egg in Orange Beach. Known for their creative recipes, you must try their Crab Cake Benedict. Jumbo lump crab cakes on an English muffin, topped with poached eggs, andouille-infused hollandaise, red peppers and green onions. Wash it down with a cup of hot coffee or a mimosa.
Everyone needs a lunch break, especially if you have been at the beach all morning. Take a break and stop by Luna's Eat & Drink in Orange Beach. Try their crab and artichoke melt made with blue crab and artichokes blended with Parmesan and Swiss cheeses, oven-baked and dressed with fresh greens on toasted BuzzCatz (their sister restaurant) white bread.
Wrap up day one of your crab trail where the locals go, Sea-N-Suds in Gulf Shores. Located directly on the beach, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and the sound of the crashing waves while dining on their outside deck. Come hungry because they are famous for their crab claw dinner, served with hush puppies, French fries and slaw.
Rise and dine at Brick & Spoon in Orange Beach and treat yourself to the soft-shell crab benny. Made with soft-shell crab, Canadian bacon, poached eggs and house-made hollandaise, you will enjoy every last bite. Add a bloody Mary to your meal to make this breakfast extra delicious.
Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at The Wharf in Orange Beach is the perfect spot for lunch on day two of your crab trail journey. Begin with the blue crab dip, made with cream cheese, Old Bay, Tobasco, mozzarella and fresh blue crab and served with tortilla chips. Next, order up a plate of the seafood pasta. This mouthwatering meal includes crab, shrimp, spinach and peas in a creamy Alfredo sauce over linguini.
End day two of your crab trail with some of the freshest ingredients in town at Big Fish Restaurant & Bar in Orange Beach. Start your meal with the blue crab claws appetizer before enjoying the Black Dragon roll. This roll takes sushi to the next level and includes tempura fried soft shell crab, cucumber and Napa cabbage topped with eel and sweet soy sauce.
Start your final day of the crab trail off at Kitty's Kafé. This spot serves up home-cooked southern meals all day long, including their eggs benedict with crab cakes. This meal comes with one or two eggs, crab cake and your choice of grits or potatoes on the side.
Head over to Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores for lunch and bring your appetite because this spot offers plenty of crab meals on the menu. From crab claws and crab cakes to baked stuffed crab and soft-shell crab po’boys, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to get!
Finish your three-day trail in Gulf Shores at Mikee’s Seafood. Just as the name suggests, this restaurant serves up delicious fresh Gulf seafood, including several crab options. Start off your dinner with the crab cakes appetizer but save room for your entrée. We suggest the crab claw dinner. This meal comes with freshly breaded crab claws fried to a golden brown along with hush puppies, fritters and your choice of two sides - the perfect ending to your crab trail.
SIMPLY CAN’T WAIT? TRY CRAB STUFFED MUSHROOMS
- 1 cluster of crab- steamed
- 1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1 pkg. large button mushrooms, (about 12-14)
- 1 7-oz. pkg. Sargento Bistro Mozzarella & Asiago cheese (or fresh asiago and mozzarella cheeses)
- 3 cloves garlic - optional
- olive oil spray
1- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Wash mushrooms and set aside to dry. (Remove the stems after cleaning the mushrooms.) Steam your crab legs and set aside to cool. Put softened cream cheese in a large bowl and mix well with a fork. Once the crab legs have cooled, remove the meat from shells and put into a separate bowl. Chop into smaller pieces.
2- Put shredded cheese into a small bowl and set the bowl aside. Chop the garlic cloves and mushroom stems (use about 6 of the stems) into small pieces. Fold the crab meat, and mushroom stems in to the cream cheese. Take the tops off of the mushrooms, turn them over to see the hole, put some of the chopped garlic into the bottom of the mushroom, take the cream cheese mixture with a small spoon or fork and stuff the mushroom until there is a little mound on top. Dip this into the shredded cheese and place the mushroom on an aluminum-lines baking sheet (spray a little olive oil on the aluminum). Repeat this until all of the mushrooms are complete.
3- Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly on the top. Let cool 5-8 minutes and serve.