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Visiting Gulf shores Alabama - Where to eat?

Visiting Gulf Shores Alabama soon, where are some good places to eat?
and where are some good seafood places? or where to go in general?
Thank you !

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  1. You have to go to Gulf Shores Steamer.

    You can get a bucket of peel and eat shrimp and sit at a picnic table with a beer and it's heaven.

    The Original Oyster House was very good too.


    Gulf Shores Steamer
    124 W 1st Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

    Original Oyster House
    701 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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    1. re: Davwud

      Louisiana Lagniappe and Grazie in Orange Beach. They are both excellent.

      27267 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

      Louisiana Lagniappe
      27267 Perdido Beach Blvd Ste 302, Orange Beach, AL 36561

      1. re: carol land

        Grazie is probably the best Italian you'll get in the Gulf Shores. Super nice staff. I could not compare it with any place in NYC, but after tons of seafood, it's nice to get a decent pasta dish here.

      2. re: Davwud

        +1 for Gulf Shores Steamer. It's my favourite restaurant there.

        Gulf Shores Steamer
        124 W 1st Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

      3. I really like Lulu's but go early b/c it gets crowded fast.

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        1. re: xulori94

          To each his own.
          -2 for Lulu's
          I was at Lulu's last weekend. What a disapointment. The food is pretty bad. The service mediocre. When you serve fried seafood poboys as an extensive part of your menu and you run out of tomatoes at 1:30 in the afternoon, it sure shows the lack of commitment to quality of this place. Hey Lulu, did ya ever think to send one of the 100 employees there up to the Piggly wiggly down the street to restock? hahah
          I cant believe people wiat for extended periods of time to eat here.
          It's a tourist trap plain and simple.

        2. Cobalt...........
          28099 Perdido Beach Boulevard
          Orange Beach, AL 36561
          (251) 923-5300.


          1. Cosmo's on Canal Rd. in Orange Beach!

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            1. re: scootyb

              +1 for Cosmos. Check out their website for menu. They have great outdoor seating.

              1. re: scootyb

                +1 more for Cosmo's - great selection, consistently good food and atmosphere!

                Cosmo's Restaurant & Bar
                25753 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

                1. re: FairhopeJTH

                  we really like Live Bait at the Wharf and Geno's fresh Catch- Doc's is fav for fried!!

                  Live Bait Restaurant
                  24281 Perdido Beach Blvd Beach Hwy, Orange Beach, AL 36561

                  1. re: hlsess

                    Just returned from a fantastic vacation in Gulf Shores and thought I would update with our favorite restaurants.

                    King Neptunes-Best crab legs I have ever had. Love that they seasoned. Very fresh and perfectly cooked. Also highly recommend the fried cheesecake. It is fried in cornflake crumbs and served with a pecan praline sauce.

                    Cobalt-Very nice interior and fantastic bay views. Highly recommend going at sunset. Beautiful patio over the bay with live music if weather is cool enough. Grouper with asparagus risotto was cooked to perfection with great match of flavors in the dish. We didn't have it but the S'more cake looked really good as did cupcakes in the bakery case.

                    The Steamer-Had lunch here. Grouper Sandwich was a highlight of the trip. Also enjoyed a local favorite-tuna dip sandwich. Hickory smoked tuna sandwich was a nice light lunch.

                    Mikees-Dinner here was good but not amazing. Marinated cabbage was a highlight.

                    Oyster House-Food was o.k. Nothing amazing. Lots of fried choices here. Wouldn't wait an 1 1/2 to eat there again. Too many better places. Seems like a tourist trap.

                    Ribs and Reds-Ribs were good as was prime rib. However, the mashed potatoes killed the entire meal. They were clearly instant potatoes and were covered with the worst tasting (instant I'm assuming) gravy.

                    Scoops-Good ice cream (although not homemade). Frozen chocolate bananas and sprinkled waffle cones. Worth a visit in the evening.

                    Hope to go back again so we can try some other places on our list that we didn't get a chance to try.

                    1. re: foodie06

                      thanks-which Steamer did you go to?
                      I need to ge tto Cobalt- Risotto sounds divine...

                      1. re: hlsess

                        We went to this steamer:

                        Definitely go to Cobalts. I'm still thinking about that meal it was so good.

                        1. re: foodie06

                          Hey, the ORIGINAL Steamers moved from Gulf Shores to Orange Beach. Now the new Steamers ain't bad and it's closer to my place, BUT the original one is far superior. http://www.gulfshoressteamer.com

                      2. re: foodie06

                        It is too bad, that there are restaurants, that think "instant potatoes" will cut it. Same with gravy. That just does not cut it anymore.

                        Not in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, but in the Deep South, I asked for "real potatoes," and was told, "honey, there's not one place in this entire town, that does real potatoes." Wow, when did that start?

                        Did Ribs-n-Reds, but too long ago to comment. Back then (very long time ago), everything "seemed" to be freshly made, and sorry that it is not now. Glad that you noticed, but sorry that you got potatoes from a box.


                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          we went to Cobalt on wednesday night- I got the Fried lobster salad- very good- others had blackened mahi mahi sandwich and another had fried shrimp po boy- all were very good- I didn't see the risotto though
                          Went to wintzell's yesterday for $5 /dozen oysters-thy were ok- pretty puny
                          now we are eating fresh fish that we caught today-sauteeing it -triggerfish and white snapper

                          1. re: hlsess

                            Boy that sounds good.

                            It has been six years, since we were last over there, for more than a single lunch stop, and as everyone knows, much has changed in that time.

                            Got to get back, if for no other reason, than to see who is doing what, on the restaurant scene.



                2. There's lots of good places to eat down here. We like Kitty's Kafe. It's just north of Gulf Shores in the Pecilan Point shopping center. Fish River #2 in Foley is one of our favorites too. Just past the Walgreen Drug store on Highway 59. You get a lot of food for the buck at Lambert's in Foley.

                  1. Shrimp Shack is great for simple fried seafood.

                    Shrimp Shack
                    807 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

                    1. This is a good out of the way place in Bon Secour. Just a few minutes from Gulf Shores.

                      Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar
                      17240 County Rd 49, Bon Secour, AL 36511

                      1. I've lived in south Baldwin County (Gulf Shores) for over 10 years and the restaurant scene has always been a moving target. Cobalt, Cosmo's, Tin Top and Villagio at The Wharf maintain their spots near the top, while some pretty good efforts come and go.

                        Elli Bistro (same owner as Ginny Lane and Villagio) recently closed, which is too bad. Might be the space, which has now seen four attempts to keep a restaurant open fall by the wayside.

                        Lambert's (motto: If it ain't fried, it ain't food) continues to rule with the quantity over quality demographic, a significant group in this region.

                        A new entry called EAT! On Canal Road in Orange Beach is creating some stir. Small space where they serve up some very good food buffet-style. I was not a fan of buffets before and am still not, but those folks can cook.

                        Another addition that I'm personally excited about is the upcoming opening of Chappy's in Foley, where Cafe Le Roux previously was. For you Gulf Coast types, yes it's that Chappy. He has moved around some since Katrina took his building from Long Beach, MS to who-knows-where.

                        Additionally, all the fried seafood places for which this area is famous continue to proliferate. Shrimp Basket keeps opening stores, Mikee's, DeSoto's, Steamer, Original Oyster House,etc. Wolf Bay Lodge has a fairly new location on County Road 20.

                        By all means, come to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You won't go hungry.

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                        1. re: dd992emo

                          "Moving target" sounds about right.

                          We have only been to that area, about every 8 - 10 years, and usually for family events. Seldom do we find the same restaurants, though hurricanes, and the economy, can certainly come into play.

                          What I found, on our last visit, will likely not play now. Things change.

                          Thank you for the reply,