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Mar 9, 2010 10:21 AM

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.

                        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.