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Will be in Gulf Shores for a week, has anyone heard of the "crab shack"? My family usually goes to Louisiana Lagniappe and The Tin Roof, so I am wondering if this place is up to par? Any other new places or recs on the beach? Thx!

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  1. The Crab Shak is a chain restaurant---it's ok.
    My recommendation is Triggers Seafood Restaurant---decor isn't much but the food is
    12700 Gulf Beach Hwy
    Pensacola, FL 32507
    Phone: (850) 492-189

    1. Also, for a very casual but excellent meal try
      Brian's Poboys
      13470 Perdido Key Dr.,

      1. I live in Gulf Shores and don't know of a "crab shack" in the area. There is a place on Perdido Key call The Crab Trap. That might be it. Never been there, but it does a good business, always crowded.

        Cosmo's in Orange Beach has good food, but has been having service issues, lately. Long waits and indifferent waitstaff.

        At The Wharf there is Ginny Lane, Villagio and a new Guy Harvey restaurant. Haven't been to the Guy Harvey place, but the other two are consistently good.

        The two places you mentioned are also consistently good performers.

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        1. re: dd992emo

          Firstly, The Crab Trap on Perdido Key does not have a reputation for good meals. Triggers was once good many years ago when it grew rapidly from "TimeSavers" into Triggers, no longer...Cosmos is good, but crowded this time of year...better call first and 'get on the list'. TinTop in Bon Secour is what I think you mean by The Tin Roof....
          Real local seafood is very good at Geno's Fresh Catch in O.B. in front of Zekes.
          Do a google search for 'gulf shores restaurant reviews' and find a web page w/ some good information to entertain and also help you find good food here.
          Be sure to ask if you are being served Gulf shrimp or previously frozen Asian shrimp and fish. It is very common. VERY.

        2. Never heard of it.

          We did go to Gulf Shores Steamers for Royal Reds (shrimp) and it was fantastic.


          1. If you don't mind a drive, Jesse's in Magnolia Springs has a nice menu and wine list. It's west of Foley on Hwy 98, about a 20 minute drive from GS. Also, in Robertsdale there is Ivey's, a nondescript place in the middle of town right on Hwy 59 north. No full bar, but a decent wine list and some good food. The Shrimp Diane is wonderful. I hear the steaks there are very good.

            1. Our family has always enjoyed King Neptunes.

              King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant
              1137 Gulf Shores Parkway
              Gulf Shores, AL 36542

              1. Spent a few nights there a coupleof weeks ago. In general I find the food choices limited, but I like the casual non crowded atmosphere.

                Our most recent foray included King Neptune's listed just above. It's good. but I prefer Doc's Seafood Shack a little more for the same type of atmosphere. Stick to the basics in either and you won't be disappointed - fired shrimp or fish, steamed royal reds, gumbo. You will need to get there early for either one.

                I also liked Original Oyster House. There is a wider variety of food. I thought the Mahi by da Bayou was good. Blackened mahi with fried crawfish tails and taro cream sauce. There is also a shrimp dish with garlic butter, parmesan and bacon.

                Another place we wnet was Lulu's. Wait was a bit excessive to me. It seems to be more of a happening. Still my fried blue crab claws were pretty decent.

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                1. re: hootch62

                  Good report. I agree with you on Doc's vs King Neptune's, especially the original Doc's in Orange Beach. Original Oyster House does a good job on the food while cranking out a ton of meals every evening.

                  Lulu's is indeed more or a happening place than a restaurant. My daughter works there and they sometimes close the waiting list when it gets up to about three hours. Stick to the appetizers there and you'll do fine.