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Favorite restaurants near Gulf Shores

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I know it's not a foodie mecca, and I've looked at older posts, but I was wondering if anyone had any favorites. We're coming from New Orleans for a few days and staying in a condo, but will eat out some- maybe Easter brunch, a breakfast, lunch, and one dinner. What's your favorite beer and seafood on the beach place? I've heard good things about The Gulf. Sea'n'Suds is close to us. Any advice appreciated.

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  1. COSMO'S on Canal Rd. in Orange Beach. BBQ shrimp appetizer is great. Gumbo is very good also, but coming from N.O. your view may differ.

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    1. re: wadejay26

      Sea 'n Suds in GS has the best gumbo, oysters & fried crab claws. The view is awesome too. Very casual. Good for lunch

      Another restaurant w/ good atmosphere & view is Cobalt in OB under the Perdido Pass bridge. Good for lunch & dinner

      The Gulf in OB - all seating outdoor, great grouper sandwich & fabulous location. Good for lunch.

      Villaggio Grille at The Wharf in OB - more fine dining. Their Sunday brunch is excellent. The dinner menu is outstanding. I'd go here for a nice brunch or dinner.

      For breakfast, there's Kitty's in GS at Pelican Point near Target. There's also Brick & Spoon in OB.

      1. re: chloebell

        Also, there is Lulu's (Jimmy Buffett's sister's place) & The Hangout - it is great for kids, lots to do, but the food is expensive & touristy.

        If you want fun, spend your $$ at The Track, or go to The Zoo. Shopping at The Wharf is great as well.

        1. re: chloebell

          I will back up Villagio, Cobalt and Kitty Cafe. Sea& Suds has a nice view, food was not for me.

      2. As with many resort areas, the formula down here is that the quality of the food is inversely proportional to the splendor of the view. Sea'n'Suds is right on the beach, so you do the math. The one exception might be Cobalt, where they put out some nice dishes with a decent view. Be aware that it gets very loud in there when crowded. I find The Gulf gimmicky and inconsistent.

        1. Cosmo's is good, I've heard tons good about Cobalt and plan on trying it in June. Won't waste my $$ on Sea n Suds ever again. Great spot on the water, terrible food. We liked the Perdido Key Oyster Bar last summer but that's further down the beach almost to Pensacola. Lulu's is a fun place that the kids love, food is just ok. If you need to stop around Mobile try Ed's Seafood Shed on the causeway between Mobile and Daphne/Spanish Fort. Or take "the back way" down to GS on old 98 through Fairhope & go to Panini Pete's for lunch.

          1. My two favorite places in the area were Cobalt and Louisiana Lagniappe.

            Cobalt is where I had the best meal though.

            1. Maybe not as near as you're looking for, but we had a nice lunch at Thyme by the Bay in Fairhope when we were down that way last fall.

              We also made a pilgrimmage to get cheese at Sweet Home Farm in Elberta on the way to Pensacola. Friends had brought some of their cheese after the blue was in one of the first issues of the Saveur 100 many years ago. That was the first opportunity I'd had to actually go there.

              1. We've been enjoying the area for 20 years. Cosmo's has been my favorite (BBQ crab claws-Mmmm!). They are affiliated with Cobalts. There is a new restaurant that also has a connection with them and the owner of Turquoise Place that is great called Cayman Grill. It is on Canal Road, just past Doc's. The char-grilled oysters are out of this world and DH thinks it's one of the best gumbos he's had. They have a great view of Wolf Bay.