For any kind of seafood, you desire, including oyster bars, Gulf Shores is the place for your epicurean adventure. Most top restaurants in Gulf Shores specialize in seafood straight off the boat and you can dine indoors or on a deck overlooking the water.
The local, sustainable food scene is growing, and area chefs are starting to feature fresh ‘nuisance fish’ and ‘trash fish’ on the menu for a new twist. Well ahead of the current Food-to-Table trend, chefs at the coast have been cooking with local, fresh caught seafood for years. But you can take the sea-to-table to the next level; if you are any kind of angler, there are several Gulf Shores places to eat that will take you catch and prepare it for you. Try Mike’s Seafood, family owned since 1987. And, for an unforgettable experience, board a shrimp boat from Whiteboots Charters for a shrimping or oyster farm tour. You can experience the life of an oyster farmer or shrimper, then take your catch home!
For a fun way to eat your way through along the coast, try a “Food Trail.” Use the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s “Eat Your Way Trail Itinerary” guide for nine different Foodie Trails. With offers like the Bread Pudding Trail, Craft Beer Trail, Key Lime Pie Trail, Shrimp, Oysters and Crab Trails, there truly is something for everyone with this unique perspective on food tours.
Gulf Shores places to eat during Festivals & Holidays
Want to combine great seafood with music and art? If you are in town in April, hit the Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival. While enjoying delicious, juicy crawfish, you can browse arts & crafts booths, and dance to the infectious beats of Zydeco. Or enjoy the Annual National Shrimp Festival in October, which features live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, and shrimp any way you like it! And, if you are here for the holidays, don’t worry—many restaurants will be open, and many will have a special Thanksgiving menu for your enjoyment.
There are a wide variety of eating establishments, and while they may be too numerous to mention, there will be something for every taste and budget. The majority are casual and laid back, and options include a variety of cuisines (including vegan, tacos, sushi, Po’boys, pizza and steak), and of course, the fresh seafood can’t be beat!
Book your stay in Gulf Shores today in one of our fantastic vacation rentals and enjoy some great seafood!