One of the benefits of living or visiting a top vacation destination is the variety of the culinary scene. Over the past year, new dining options have popped up all over the island from Fort Morgan …
One of the benefits of living or visiting a top vacation destination is the variety of the culinary scene. Over the past year, new dining options have popped up all over the island from Fort Morgan to the Gulf State Pier.
The Alabama Gulf Coast drew over 8 million visitors in 2021 who spent over $7 billion in the area. According to the Alabama Tourism Department's economic impact report, visitors to the state spent $19.6 billion on food alone in 2021. It is no wonder that the food scene in Gulf Shores is constantly growing.
Whether you are in the mood for pizza, seafood or cocktails and charcuterie, there is a tried and true or brand-new dining option waiting for you.
High Tide Daiquiris & Mimosas
What: Opened in May, High Tide Daiquiris & Mimosas offers charcuterie boards, sandwiches and cocktails with a side of water views. It is a perfect location to end a beach day and listen to some local musicians.
Where: 807 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Sassy Bass Cookout Tiki Bar
What: The newest member of the Sassy Bass family of brands opened in December 2021 in Fort Morgan. Sassy Bass Cookout Tiki Bar is located behind the Sassy Bass Quick Stop. The menu offers a selection of prime-cut steaks, ribs, brisket and island-inspired cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and house made syrups.
Where: 8818 Highway 180, Gulf Shores
What: Miso Seafood has been open since May 2022 offering seafood, sushi and fried seafood baskets. A unique menu option is the build your own seafood bag which gives diners the option to choose a protein, sauce, and heat level to pair with corn and potatoes.
Where: 160 Cotton Creek Drive Suite 250, Gulf Shores
Bywater Beachside Beach Bar and Grill
What: Start or end your fishing day on the Gulf State Pier with a bite to eat at the Bywater Beachside Beach Bar and Grill. The menu has everything from freshly baked pizza, wings and sandwiches to shrimp alfredo. The views over the Gulf State Pier and Gulf of Mexico provide the best ambiance.
What: Have a craving for pizza? Surfside Pizza now has two locations in Gulf Shores to satisfy your pizza cravings. The new location is not new to the pizza game as it was the former home of Mama Lottie's. Stop by for a pie and cheesecake.
Where: 2200 E. 2nd St., Gulf Shores
Desmond's Southern Cuisine with a Jamaican Flair
What: Desmond's Taste of Jamaica has changed their name and moved to a new city, but you can expect the same Jamaican flavors. The Foley staple will now call Gulf Shores home where they will have more visibility to Gulf Coast visitors. The new location is scheduled to open soon.
Where: 1220 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Jesse's Restaurant Fort Morgan
What: The iconic Jesse's Restaurant in Magnolia Springs will soon have a sister restaurant in Fort Morgan near the Shell Banks Community. The restaurant will feature a downstairs facility called the Cold Hole which will offer an oyster bar and casual experience akin to the original Cold Hole in Magnolia Springs. The upstairs facility will be a more traditional restaurant.
Where: Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores
Taco Fiesta Street Tacos Gulf Shores
What: Taco Fiesta brings authentic Mexican street food to Baldwin County with locations in Robertsdale, Foley and soon Gulf Shores. The menu at their two current locations offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tortas with a choice of meat.
Where: The Gulf Shores location will be near the old zoo location on Highway 59 across the street from TCBY and next to Matt's Homemade Ice Cream.