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When you’re visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s easy to find kid-friendly restaurants. After all, the Alabama Gulf Coast caters to families, so it’s no surprise that so many of these Gulf Shores restaurants let kids eat for free. If you’re planning a budget-friendly vacation, a free meal is certainly a nice perk!

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Gulf Shores Restaurants Where Kids Eat for Free

Los Tacos

Head to Los Tacos and enjoy a fantastic Mexican meal. Each Thursday, when you purchase an adult entree, you can receive one kid’s meal for free! Their kids’ menu includes favorites such as chicken tenders, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Plus, on Saturdays, you can enjoy their refreshing Traditional Aguas Frescas for free all day. You can try unique flavors such as Horchata, Jamaica, Tamarindo, and Limonada. 

Original Oyster House

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At the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores, you can get up to two kids (10 and under) meals free on Tuesdays as part of winter specials from November through February. The Causeway location offers “Kids Eat Free” on Tuesdays all year long. The kids’ menu includes popcorn shrimp, pizza, chicken tenders, fried fish fillets, and more. Of course, the regular menu offers an array of delicious seafood favorites for the adults. With your savings, you’ll be able to top off dinner with a slice of peanut butter pie!


Take a quick drive with the family up to Foley, AL, and enjoy a scrumptious, wallet-friendly meal. When you dine in, kids under 10 years old eat for free all day, every day! You can’t beat that. You can get one free kids’ meal for every adult entree purchased. Their kids’ menu features pasta dishes, pizza, corn dogs, and more! 

Other Places to Eat in Gulf Shores That Are Kid-Friendly

Tacky Jacks


Your kids will have a blast at Tacky Jacks as they romp around the sandpit and children’s playground. Their kids’ menu has tasty treats, such as grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, popcorn shrimp, cheeseburgers, and more. Then, satisfy their sweet tooth with the Chocolate Brownie Explosion and a scoop of vanilla icecream

The Hangout

Your children will thank you when you take them to the Pirates and Princess Breakfast Feast at The Hangout. Throughout the summer, this hands-on event features treasure hunts, sing-alongs, magic tricks, and more! The feast is offered daily three times throughout the day, so there’s always something to accommodate your family’s busy schedule. 

For more budget-friendly restaurants, stop by the Gulf Shores or Orange Beach Welcome Centers to pick up coupons and learn about exclusive discounts.

The Perfect Family Vacation Home Awaits

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When you rent with Harris Vacation Rentals, you’ll have no problem finding a vacation rental that will fit all of your needs and budget. We have an impressive collection of homes located throughout Gulf Shores available in various sizes. Some properties are even pet-friendly! Browse our properties and find the perfect one for you and your family today! 


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Over the last decade, the Alabama Gulf Coast has become a culinary mecca for creative cuisine. Award-winning chefs paired with unique dining concepts have us craving more and more! Recently, local restaurateurs and chefs have upped the ante and opened these new Gulf Shores restaurants. During your next beach vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, pack your suitcase and your appetite. You might as well throw in some stretchy pants, too!

Dine at These New Gulf Shores Restaurants

1. Sunliner Diner

Location: 100 E. 2nd Ave., Gulf Shores, AL

Phone: 251-937-6590

You’ll find all the cool cats at Sunliner Diner. The diner’s décor is straight out of the 1950s. Bright reds and a wall full of jars filled with colorful candy invite you to sit down and take it all in.

Breakfast is served all day at Sunliner Diner. Traditional diner fare is also served for lunch and dinner, beginning at 11 A.M.  Just like a classic old-school diner, you’ll find rotating glass cases displaying the most divine desserts you’ve ever laid eyes on. There are even “boozy milkshakes” when you want a little something more “adult.”

2. Picnic Beach  

Location: 128 E. 1st Ave., Gulf Shores, AL

Phone: 251-540-0117

If you’re looking for a fun and funky Instagram-worthy spot for lunch, there’s nothing in Gulf Shores like Picnic Beach. This Gulf Shores restaurant caters to both meat-eaters and vegan travelers with delicious barbecue dishes and an impressive selection of clean greens and acai bowls. Did we mention the BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich? Image smoked jackfruit, sriracha BBQ, key lime coleslaw, and grilled pineapple on a whole wheat bun. Wait. Why imagine it when you can order it at Picnic Beach?!

This indoor/outdoor picnic-themed restaurant is located in the heart of Gulf Shores. It’s within walking distance to the main public beach area, making it easy to reach from the beach and offers a fun spot to order up something besides traditional fare at beach restaurants.

3. Margarita Loca Bar & Grill  

Corn tortillas filled with shredded lettuce, shredded barbecue chicken and topped with mango pineapple salsa

Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-0818

This Mexican restaurant specializes in all of your beloved favorites— tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, and more. Guests go loco over their mouthwatering fishbowl margaritas, which is large enough to share. To listen to fun live music, visit Margaritas Loca on a Friday evening. 

4. The Crazy Cajun 

Location: 1220 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-0862

Satisfy your Louisiana cuisine cravings and head to The Crazy Cajun for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. This authentic, full-service, Cajun restaurant has it all!  Whether you’re seeking po-boys, crabcakes, jambalaya, etouffee, or seafood gumbo, this restaurant has all of the favorites.

5. The Wacked Out Weiner  

Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #340, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-0988

Get a fix for your hot dog craving at The Wacked Out Weiner. They offer a variety of hot dog combos that come with chips, a drink, and unlimited toppings. Don’t be afraid to go nuts and add as many toppings as you want, such as bacon, banana peppers, homemade chili, bbq baked beans, and more.

6. Bleus Burgerburger

Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #240, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-2538

Put a spin on your typical burger and fries and head to Bleus Burger. This eatery dresses their burgers with your choice of delicious ingredients, sbuch as candied jalapenos, house-smoked pulled pork, french-friend onions, and more. You can also customize your fries with parmesan truffle seasoning and gorgonzola cheese. In addition to meat-centered dishes, you’ll find shrimp tacos, quesadillas, salads, and more.

7. Playa 

Location: 27842 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL

Phone: 251-981-9891

Are you wondering where you should have Sunday brunch? We have one word for you—Playa. In addition to fantastic brunch specials, Playa serves endless mimosas until 2 P.M. Some of our favorite Playa dishes include the Cuban sandwich and Crab and Manchego-Crusted Amberjack. This Caribbean-inspired restaurant also offers several allergy menus, including dairy, gluten, shellfish, and soy-free.

Enjoy Your Gulf Shores Vacation With Harris Vacation Rentals 

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When you stay in a Gulf Shores vacation rental with Harris Vacation Rentals, you’ll be near all of the fantastic new Gulf Shores restaurants. Vacationing doesn’t always mean eating out, though. Sometimes, it’s fun to bring your eats back to your vacation home, sit on the balcony, and enjoy the view. Whatever your vacation dining style, know that you’ll find plenty of delicious dishes to rave about from many delectable restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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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 at the various restaurants in Gulf Shores. 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. This restaurants in Gulf Shores 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!

Restaurants in Gulf Shores: 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.


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.

Cook It Up in Your Harris Vacation Rentals Vacation Home!

And if none of these options are up to your standards, then use your rental home’s kitchen to make your own healthy dishes! Call us at 1-877-446-4853 to book a fabulous Gulf Shores rental today!

Eat in Style at these Must-Visit Gulf Shores 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!

Book Your Luxurious Vacation Home Today!

Harris Vacation Rentals is proud to offer guests incredible vacation rentals in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. For your spacious and comfortable rental home, you have access to all of these great restaurants in Gulf Shores, as well as all of the other exciting vacation activities in the area. Book your home today and visit Gulf Shores, Alabama!