5 Ways to Dine the Coastal Way

5 Ways to Dine the Coastal Way

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Dining while on vacation should be relaxing, stress-free, fun, and—perhaps most importantly—delicious! Follow these tips and you should be guaranteed all of the above.

Large Groups

If you’re dining with a large group, there are many restaurants that can accommodate your party, like Lambert’s Café in Foley serving up delicious Southern cuisine at its finest. All our restaurants love the crowds, but save yourself the aggravation by calling ahead to ask about large seating requirements.

Go for Reservations

The variety of restaurants on the Gulf Coast is the stuff culinary dreams are made of. We’ve got plenty of flip-flop casual and fine dining options, plus everything in between. Whether you’re looking for white table cloths or paper towels for napkins, here are some of the places that accept reservations*.

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The Ruby Slipper Cafe and Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s are two restaurants that let you beat the wait before you ever arrive! Unlike reservations which require you to plan what time you’ll dine in advance, some restaurants have a web-based system that allows you to get on the restaurant’s waitlist before you even arrive!  Look for this service coming to more and more favorite food stops.

Watch People, Not the Clock

It’s island time when you’re at the beach so watch people not the clock. Another way to minimize wait time at your favorite restaurant is to watch when people start leaving the beach. The trick is to either leave before the crowds do, or better yet, stay on the beach for that gorgeous sunset and take in a late dinner.

Order In or Opt for Take-Out

For some, it’s all about spending as much time on the beach as possible.  If you want to stay close to the beach and not leave your rental house or condo, we definitely don’t blame you! There are a few secrets to dining deliciously without ever sitting down inside a restaurant.

Order In

National delivery services are now offered locally, so you can have dishes from the best restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach delivered right to your door. Get meals from restaurants including. Delivery fees are typically reasonable.

Take Out

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Don’t overlook that many restaurants provide full meal take-out services so you can get in and get out fast. Want a truly coastal experience?  Stop by one of the local fresh seafood markets, contact us for more information and grab a few pounds of freshly steamed off-the-boat shrimp paired with corn, sausage, and potatoes. Now that’s the start of your island party!