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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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