Coastal Restaurant Orange Beach brings a fresh, classic CoastAL fare featuring chef inspired dishes, local seafood, seasonal favorites, and indulgent desserts. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat while you’re on the beach, or a date night with spectacular views, CoastAL’s combination of indoor and outdoor seating is the best of both worlds.
Even in the cooler months, the clear enclosure and the heaters kept us comfortable without blocking the view of one of the prettiest stretches of beaches in Orange Beach. There are easy access walkways to the beach and plenty of parking making this a sure hit.
We enjoyed the marinated crab claws and fresh tuna dip. These are two of our favorites and we weren’t disappointed. The crab claws can be fried or marinated. My recommendation is definitely the butter marinated option. The presentation was on point with the flowers and the biodegradable plates, utensils and straws. Live music and an active bar would be great for date night, but the open seating made it fun for a family lunch. We love that they post their music schedule online so we can find our favorite performers. You can see their calendar here.
There are plans for even more expansion and we can’t wait to see what phase 2 of CoastAL Restaurant Orange Beach brings. The staff at CoastAL were enthusiastic and helpful and made the experience even better. This is a definite repeat stop. Plus, we love the play of words in the name!
The Safari Club Restaurant at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores is a great brunch spot! You do not have to pay to visit the zoo to eat at the Safari Club and the entrance is just to the side of the main zoo entrance. The menu had something for everyone in our group. They also have a kids menu with smoothies, pancakes and fruity pebble parfaits! They don’t just offer brunch. Lunch is open all week and they have a dinner menu on the weekends. There is a full service bar on site and the Safari Club Restaurant partners with the Zoo in catered events at special venues throughout the animal habitat areas if you are looking for a special occasion event.
Now it is time to check out the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo! The zoo runs about $85 for our family of 2 adults, 2 kids to visit. It is small enough to see in an hour or two and has enough add on activities to make a day of it. There are several meet and greet opportunities with different animals for an additional charge. We would like to come back for the sloth and the kangaroo! You will enter and exit through the gift shop which is usually my least favorite part of any trip. This gift shop has some really unique items and is worth a look. There are plenty of bathrooms throughout the zoo. During the busier times of the year, there are activities and presentations in multiple spots. There is also a 200 foot eagle soaring ride if you need a little more adventure in your life.
Hundreds of people lined the beach in front of the Hangout in Gulf Shores to raise money for local charities and to celebrate the New Year for 2023! It had been a cold and rainy week, but we woke up to blue skies and 70 degree weather. It was perfect for a polar bear plunge. Can you spot us in the picture? We are in the red and blue swimsuits near the middle. We were welcomed out with gumbo and hot cocoa. This is our new tradition! Join us next year!
The Hangout is always a popular destination with kids activities, live music, active servers and dining entertainment. Check them out at https://www.thehangout.com
Lulu’s Gulf Shores always brings the fun! New Year celebrations are no exceptions. On New Year’s Eve, Lulu’s held a beach ball drop at noon for the kids. There was live music, entertainers, balloon artists, sand castle competitions and more people than you could count. Parking was in the extended lots and lines were long, but everyone was in the mood to celebrate. Thank you, Lulu’s for always being our spot for holiday celebrations!