If you’re someone who likes to go where the locals go when you’re on vacation, and tries to avoid the more touristy spots, well, you’ve already taken a big step since you’ve chosen to vacation in Fort Morgan. It is the quieter, less traveled spot on this tiny Gulf peninsula. To continue on your selected vacation path, here are a few suggestions for local Fort Morgan restaurants that are lower on the tourist meter.
Tourists may know this place, but only because someone local recommended it. Located in nearby Gulf Shores, Papa Rocco’s has been part of life in the Gulf since 1985. This area favorite is known for both their pizza and their oyster bar, has live entertainment every night, and a Weekday Happy Hour from 11am – 7pm. Besides pizza and oysters, you’ll find burgers, sandwiches, and pastas to choose from. You won’t find any fried foods on the menu, not even appetizers. This casual dining spot is a great place to grab a pizza, a beer, and maybe watch the game or listen to live music with some new friends.
- Papa Rocco’s
- 101 West 6th Avenue, Gulf Shores AL
- Tuesday 5pm – midnight, Wednesday through Sunday 11am – midnight, closed Mondays
Places to Eat in Fort Morgan: Woodside Restaurant
Relatively new to the area, the Woodside Gap is conveniently located at Gulf State Park. Spend the entire day at the park hiking, biking, and enjoying the great outdoors, then stop for a meal at this family friendly and pet friendly restaurant. They’re open for breakfast, so you could stop in on your way to the park too. You can dine in the main dining room, out on the screened porch or outside on one of the picnic tables. And there are plenty of backyard games like horseshoes and ping pong to keep the kids (of all ages) occupied while waiting on your food and listening to the live music.
Breakfast options include breakfast sandwiches, omelets, and hotcakes. We loved seeing fresh, hand-picked berries as a side, right along with the sausage and bacon! Lunch options include a burger, deviled crab cake sandwich, salads, and entrée offerings include a Lowcountry Boil and BBQ Plate. Desserts include S’mores Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, and several “pops.” There’s wine and beer for the adults too. And everyone can enjoy making s’mores outside in the fire pits. This truly is one of the best Fort Morgan restaurants!
- Woodside Restaurant
- 20249 State Park Road, Gulf Shores
- Open daily from 8am to 9pm
Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar
If you’re looking for places to eat in Fort Morgan, this the spot to be! The Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar is in the small town of Bon Secour, north of Fort Morgan, on the east coast of Bon Secour Bay on the Bon Secour River. Originally a French fishing village, it’s home to commercial fishing vessels these days, and their main catch is delicious deep water “Royal Red” shrimp. Head up to the Tin Top early so you can drive (or boat) around this scenic spot. Dine inside or outside on the deck overlooking the water. Known for their steaks and fresh oysters, not to mention those Royal Reds, the Tin Top has a varied menu, and there will be something for everyone here. Customer favorites include Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits, Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte, and their trigger fish dinner. Other menu items include Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, gumbo, oysters, and shrimp (served pretty much any way you want), po’boys, hamburgers, crab cakes, a Fresh Catch of the Day (cooked in a variety of ways), plus pork chops, chicken, pasta and steaks.
- Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar
- 6232 Bon Secour Highway, Bon Secour AL
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am – 9pm, Thursday through Saturday: 11am – 10pm,
Sunday: 10am – 9pm, and they are closed on Monday
Cove Bar & Grill
Serving great food to locals and visitors for over thirty years in nearby Gulf Shores, The Cove Bar & Grill is a place to relax, have a good meal, and listen to live music (every night) while you eat. Sit inside at the bar or a table or dine out on the deck overlooking the pretty water view. There’s a raised stage for the live entertainment, a jukebox, a pool table to keep you busy while you wait for your food, and TVs throughout so you won’t miss any of the game. Nothing fancy here, just good food. Their main menu items include burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and customer favorites include the Fried Pickles & Jalapenos, house-made pork skins, Stuffed Avocado, Chicken & Waffles, and the Blackened Chicken Quesadilla.
- Cove Bar & Grill
- 131 Cove Avenue, Gulf Shores AL
- Open Monday through Saturday 11am – 1am, closed on Sundays
Behind the Pines
Behind the Pines is a small restaurant and bar, hidden behind a faded turquoise convenience store. It’s a local dive with tasty, homemade food made with fresh, local ingredients. You’ll find the typical Gulf menu here, with a mingling of southern and Cajun cuisines. Bang-Bang Shrimp, gumbo, burgers (try their “world famous” Nookie Burger), a Philly Steak Sandwich, and po’boys are just a few items on the menu. Entrees include Grilled Tuna Steak, Seafood Platter, Shrimp & Grits, Fish Dinner, and Shrimp Dinner. For those not interested in seafood, options include a Chicken Finger Dinner, Hamburger Steak, or the Vegetarian plate. Give the customer favorite Fish Tacos a try. Besides good, fresh food, there’s live entertainment and karaoke on Wednesdays. You can dine in their casual dining room, or ‘order out’ and pick it up on your way back to your rental. Come as you are and bring the kids, everyone is welcome.
- Behind the Pines
- 8818 Hwy. 180 West, Gulf Shores AL
- Open every day except Monday, from 11am to 9pm