Seafood Central | Where to Eat on the Gulf Coast

The robust Gulf Coast fishing industry ensures a steady supply of fresh seafood at area restaurants throughout the year. The succulent royal red shrimp is a must try, and only available in a few parts of the world. Don’t miss out on the signature red snapper, pulled right from the waters directly offshore. From sushi to fried shrimp, seafood shack to date night dining, the Gulf has all a diehard seafood lover could ever ask for.

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Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar www.docsseafoodshack.com

The sign as you walk in says “The best fried shrimp in the entire civilized world,” and they aren’t lying. Bring the kids, build your own seafood platter; and as Doc says, flip-flops are always welcome!

The Gulf Orange Beach www.thegulf.com

This laid back, spacious outdoor restaurant right on the Gulf offers a strong variety of seafood wraps, tacos, filets, burgers and kids’ plates. Grab a homemade lemonade, beer or bloody mary and watch the boats and dolphins on the water as you relax with your toes in the sand.

Master Joe’s Sushi www.masterjoesrestaurantgroup.com

If you’re looking for sushi in Orange Beach, you’ve found it. Master Joe spent 10 years studying under a true sushi master in Japan and all of the ingredients at his restaurant are homemade. Enjoy traditional rolls, sashimi and Joe’s specialty rolls.

Lulu’s Gulf Shores www.lulubuffett.com

You could spend an afternoon at this sprawling complex on the water, or just stop by for a beer and a quick bite. Bring the kids to cool off in the Fountain for Youth, or climb the Mountain of Youth, a safe, three-story rope climbing apparatus. Face painting, volleyball nets and live music make this place hard to beat on the fun scale. A new allergy menu accommodates all, and of course they’ve got you covered with fresh fish baskets, appetizers, salads, burgers and po’boys.

Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar www.cosmosrestaurantandbar.com

An Orange Beach staple, the chefs at Cosmo’s are constantly coming up with new dishes to tempt your palate. Try the classic crab claw appetizer, Alabama catfish, or your choice of grilled and fried shrimp and fresh catches right out of the Gulf.

Anchor Bar and Grill www.anchorob.com

A great place for a date night, Anchor Bar offers stunning water views of Terry Cove. Check out the custom chicken wings, char-grilled oysters, blackened shrimp and other delectable creations on the ever-changing menu.

The Hangout www.thehangout.com

This casual, music oriented chill spot has everything from fish tacos to jambalaya to sandwiches, wraps and po’boys. Hang out and play in the sand pit or gather around the fire pit on chilly nights. They also have free foosball, ping-pong and even beach access!

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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