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Top 5 Brunch Spots in Gulf Shores, Alabama

It’s easy to sleep in here. The coolness of the ceiling fans and the soothing sound of the waves is enough to make any bed five times more comfortable. So, when you finally get up, ready for some protein and orange juice, where do you go if it’s already 11? Don’t worry—there are plenty of fine spots in the area! And don’t feel bad; southern food is plenty hearty, so two meals per day should be just fine!

Brick and Spoon

There are only about three Brick and Spoon restaurants—we’re grateful one of them is in Orange Beach! Brick and Spoon offers nice, large portions that’ll help you recuperate from the hardest of nights. Try their create-your-own bloody Mary to add a unique punch to your brunch! And of course, service is superb with friendly faces that’ll make you happy to take your seat. It’s on the northwest corner of Highway 180 and Gulf Bay Road.

The Ruby Slipper

Another Southern chain, this one specialized in brunch options, and is open earlier than most of the other options here. They offer tasty breakfast staples such as pancakes and bacon, delivered by friendly people. For consistent, reliable, quality eating, find The Ruby Slipper on Perdido Beach Boulevard, east of the Orange Beach Welcome Center.

Cobalt the Restaurant

Cobalt isn’t usually a brunch place, but when a place with favorites like shrimp fra diavolo opens its doors early, people take notice! Enjoy Cobalt’s Sunday brunch from 11 to 2. The single-ticket meal (beverages not included) nets you access to casseroles, salads, omelets, desserts, and more! Cobalt is on the north side of Perdido Beach Boulevard, touching the east side of Perdido Pass.

Hazel’s Nook

Here’s a retro spot that gives holes-in-the-wall a good name. The breakfast gets great reviews from locals, who love the buffet options, from fresh fruit to cheesy hash browns to an omelet station. Service here is typically pretty quick, so don’t be intimidated if it looks busy. One bonus to Hazel’s Nook is its central location; just go east at the Fort Morgan Road/Gulf Shores Parkway intersection and turn north into the parking lot.

Kitty’s Kafe

You don’t need to be fancy to be quality. The food here at Kitty’s is delicious and filling—exactly what you want in a brunch! From nice, large pancakes to delicious hash browns to Bloody Marys, this diner delivers on its reputation, and quickly becomes a go-to for many visitors. And don’t ever feel like you’re in a hurry: breakfast here is served all day! Kitty’s Kafe is near Gulf Shores Parkway; take the road and head east on Cypress Bend Drive to find it.

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Five Healthy Restaurants in Gulf Shores to Eat at Post Fourth of July

We all know the over-indulgences of sweets that happens each Halloween and Christmas, but the Fourth of July is just as bad for throwing some of us off our diets. You may be tired of fried shrimp and deep-fried food. If you want to go somewhere with some more wholesome options, then check out these restaurants. Keep in mind though, we love our food hearty in Gulf Shores, so you’ll have to keep your eyes off certain areas of the menus!

DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen

Are you tired of seafood places that think everything is made better with gravy or heavy cream sauces? Try DeSoto’s then—they really emphasize the natural flavor of the food, with dishes like steamed snow crab legs and flounder almodine keeping things simple and wholesome. Keep in mind that a meal here will cost $20 or more—even so, the reviewers keep coming back to this gem. It’s a little off the beaten path near the southern end of Gulf Shores Parkway.

The Steamer Baked Oyster Bar

Right nearby DeSoto’s is another great option: The Steamer! Their website proudly boasts that there isn’t a crumb of fried food in their restaurant. If you’re looking to get away from the trans and saturated fats that clog your arteries, then have a hearty yet healthy meal at the Steamer!

Sunset Cork Room

Okay, we may be stretching what counts as “healthy,” but red wine is supposed to be good for your heart right? Really, we couldn’t fail to mention this gem. Their starters are easy on the palette, from the cheese plate to the salads. This is an upscale restaurant a little higher on the price, but everything they make is packed with flavor from skill and spice, not from fats and sugars. This great spot is tucked away on 16th Ave just east of Gulf Shores Parkway.

Brick and Spoon

If you’re new to the region and haven’t tried this Southern breakfast/lunch chain before, you’re in for a treat! Their portions are huge, but the prices reasonable for the quality and fantastic service. If you’re trying to eat light, go for the grilled veggie sandwich and farmer’s market benedict. But make room for their signature bloody mary. It has veggies so its healthy right? It’s on Canal Rd just a few blocks east of The Wharf on the way to Orange Beach.

Portabella’s

Okay, so this is a little bit of a drive up into Foley, but its worth it. Portabella’s is a lovely Italian restaurant that features the staples: pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and most importantly, salads! A good salad can be hard to find in Gulf Shores, so if you want a plate of leafy greens that’ll still leave you full, you should try Portabella’s. It’s located in Foley on N. Mackenzie Street.

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Gulf Shores, AL Travel Guide: The Best Places for Eating, Sightseeing, and Hitting the Beach

Nestled along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Gulf Shores is a lively beach town with plenty to do and see, making it the ideal vacation destination for when you want to escape to the beach for a long weekend. While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the area’s best restaurants, sightseeing hotspots, and scenic beach locales! Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a few of the many great places that you should visit when you want to have a great time in Gulf Shores. We hope that you enjoy these spots as much as we do!

Restaurants

Bahama Bob’s Beach Side Café has some of the freshest, most delectable seafood around. When you’re feeling peckish for cuisine straight out of the ocean, try Bahama Bob’s coconut shrimp, fried crawfish, or the fresh shrimp salad po’ boy sandwich. Wash it all down with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, the Bahama Bob.

If you’re in the mood for something other than seafood, try the hearty breakfast and brunch options at Kitty’s Kafe. Their eggs benedict and country breakfast dishes are to die for, and their Bloody Mary cocktails are a steal for only two dollars.

Attractions

For a taste of local natural environment of the Gulf Coast, you’ll want to visit the beautiful and tranquil Wade Ward Nature Park. Between its breathtaking views of the wetlands from the boardwalk and its fascinating wildlife, Wade Ward Nature Park is a fun way to experience Gulf Shores outdoors. If you have your pet with you, you may also want to check out the Gulf Shores Dog Park, where your furry companion can explore to their heart’s content.

Beaches

No trip to Gulf Shores is complete without soaking up the warm Alabama sunshine on the beach! Gulf Shores Public Beach is renowned for its pristine, soft white sand and its idyllic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Stretching for over six miles, this beach connects to West Beach, both of which provide unbeatable sightseeing opportunities. Here, you can gaze out over the crystal-clear waters and let the tide wash your cares out to sea.

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The Top Restaurants in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Eat in Style at these Must-Visit Restaurants!

We’re about to let you in on a little secret: We love to eat! As a matter of fact, we consider eating one of our favorite hobbies! There is nothing we love more than finding a sweet little restaurant that no one else has discovered and telling all our friends. It makes us proud when a new restaurant starts to do well, and when it starts earning awards, well, we just about burst our buttons—and then take all the credit! And because we consider eating in a top restaurant a vital vacation activity, we have compiled this list of the top Gulf Shores restaurants for you to try during your Gulf Shores vacation. If you’re anything like us, you will probably try them all!

De Soto’s Seafood Kitchen – 138 West 1st Avenue, Gulf Shores

Generally, we start our lists with breakfast, but seafood is king in the Gulf Shores area, and De Soto’s is seafood royalty! Dinner at De Soto’s is a Gulf Coast tradition. Their fresh seafood is so good, you will dream about it long after you have returned home—especially their seafood platters!

Lulu’s – 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores

Family vacations are made fun when you dine at Lulu’s, which features a video arcade, kids beach, climbing rope, live entertainment, and some of the best food on the coast! Lulu’s cheeseburgers in paradise menu has a little something for everyone and guarantees to make even the pickiest of eaters smile and dig in with glee!

Sea N’ Suds – 405 East Beach Blvd, Gulf shores

Enjoy breathtaking beach front views from this local legend of a restaurant. For over thirty years, they have been providing affordable and fresh Gulf seafood. While they are renowned for their gumbo, crab claws and steamed shrimp, they also offer a great salad bar, tasty sandwiches, and some excellent fried seafood entrees. Another great thing about Sea N’ Suds is that they offer a smoke-free atmosphere.  Insider Tip: Visit their website and receive a coupon for a FREE cup of their amazing gumbo during lunch or dinner services.

The Hangout – 101 E. Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores 

If you’re looking for a place with a great family atmosphere, or for a fun place to hang out with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and great live music, then The Hangout is the place for you! Between the kids play area, hourly foam parties, the live music, the daiquiri bar, sand pit, fire pit, mermaid bar, courtyard games, giant hangout chairs, and more, you really can’t ask for a better time! So grab your friends or family, hangout, and have an awesome time!

Gulf Shores Steamer – 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach

Tired of fried seafood? Come here and try the low country broil and eat family style. While they specialize in steamed royal red shrimp, snow crab legs, mussels and oysters, they also have a great selection of grilled fish, as well as steaks, grilled chicken, sandwiches and burgers. They are most known for their combination platters, which can feed upwards of two to four people or more, so grab some friends or family members and stop in for some delicious, non-fried Southern Seafood!

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