11 Insanely Popular Restaurants along Alabama Coast with No Wait

There are so many reasons to visit Alabama’s beaches in the fall, the powdery sand, warm crystal clear turquoise water, infinite blue skies with cotton ball clouds, and kick-ass festivals like the annual Oyster Cook-off at the Hangout, which, btw is scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2, 2019. But that’s not all.

A sampling from Lulu’s courtesy of their Facebook Page

The best reason to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama during fall is access, with no wait, to some of the areas most popular restaurants.

During the summer months, you could wait two to three hours to score a table at these perennial favorites, but in fall, you can usually walk right in.  Did we miss your favorite? Tell us.

LuLu’s Gulf Shores.  There are plenty of things to do while you wait for a table at Lulus, rings, and cornhole for the adults, spike ball for the teens, and a playground for the little ones. However, during the fall, you can fill your belly first with their delicious smoked tuna dip, or try Lesli’s personal favorite the shrimp and grits, which is served with bits of andouille sausage with a tasso ham gravy and served over gouda grits (they had me with gouda). 

The Hangout. Although the Hangout never has a line as long as Lulu’s, you can still wait an hour or more for a table during peak season at this favorite of 365 Atlanta Traveler facebook fans. Come for brunch and enjoy building your own Bloody Mary at one of the outside tables. Enjoy the cool fall breezes and bluer than blue skies of Fall, plus a splendid view of the public beach.

From Yard Milkshake Bar’s Facebook Page

The Yard Milkshake Bar. On our last trip to Gulf Shores we didn’t have time for the hour or more wait at The Yard, to try one of their mason jar milkshakes that have become an Instagram sensation, so we headed to the slightly newer, yet still delicious CoastAL Ice Cream for their version of the over the top mason jar milkshake. However, The Yard is still on my list because the variety of milkshakes is more expansive. Fall is the perfect time to walk right in. You can use the extra time to work off the calories biking the Hugh Branyon Backcountry bike Trail. 

The Ruby Slipper. Known for their amazing breakfast and brunch, this NOLA based restaurant is a summertime staple with the lines to prove it. Slip right on in during fall for the Eggs Cochon (slow-cooked, apple-braised pork) and the Chicken St. Charles (fried chicken breast finished with a pork tasso cream sauce.) Then dawdle over a bloody Mary made with The Ruby Slipper’s award-winning mix.

Tacky Jacks, Orange Beach. If you are coming by boat, and why not, Tacky Jack’s is a favorite (you can also come via land). They have several locations, but we like the one in Orange Beach. While I have no problem walking along the pier perusing the boats while waiting for my table, I’d prefer to sit dockside on Tacky Jacks deck leisurely sipping a cocktail and munching on some apps while watching the boats go by, wouldn’t you? 

Need more Fall dining suggestions? Here are a few, but for a full list see our post on Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Restaurants.

Original Oyster House. Expect at least an hour wait in the summer for dinner, and less than 10 minutes in the fall. 

Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Not to be confused with the Flora-Bama bar, this super casual open-air restaurant offers beachside dining on the Ole River. 

The Gulf. This unique restaurant is made entirely from shipping containers and has amazing views of Alabama Point. See our post for a video. 

GT’s by the Bay. Great for families, especially little ones that will love the great play area. Also fantastic views of Wolf Bay. 

ACME Oyster. Nice outdoor dining with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Cobalt in Orange Beach. If you want a more upscale dining experience, this is it. Ask for a patio seat at sunset. Perfect views of Robinson Island and Alabama Point.

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Sue Rodman

Sue Rodman

Co-Founder at 365 Atlanta Traveler
Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
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