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!
Location: 100 E. 2nd Ave., Gulf Shores, AL
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.”
Location: 128 E. 1st Ave., Gulf Shores, AL
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.
Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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.
Location: 1220 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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.
Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #340, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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.
Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #240, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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.
Location: 27842 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
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.
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.