Posted by Hatka Hatnaa Posted on 7:19:00 AM
You’ve probably heard the Jimmy Buffet song “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” but have you
actually tried one? It’s on the menu at his sister’s restaurant in Gulf Shores, LuLu’s at Homeport Marina (200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores; 251-967-5858; map), located on the Intracoastal Waterway. Also try the wild shrimp and L.A. Caviar on the menu. The main ingredient is black-eyed peas. The family atmosphere provides loads of fun activities for kids and there’s live music nightly. Small kids will love playing in the sandy beach area while the Mountain of Youth ropes course is geared toward older kids. The ropes course sits high above LuLu’s and is a three-story climbing tightrope apparatus.Have a doggone good dinner at the pet-friendly Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar at Fish Camp Landing in Orange Beach (25753 Canal Rd., Orange Beach; 251-948-9663; map) where the Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish is divine and listed in the “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die” brochure. The owners named their restaurant after a shelter dog they rescued. The eatery is decorated with paintings and artwork of four-legged friends.
King Neptune’s (1137 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores; 251-968-5464; map) seafood restaurant is known as the place to go in Gulf Shores when you want royal reds. These delectable treats are deep-water shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico that are a gorgeous ruby red with a sweet taste. They are special treats for those who love shrimp – sweet and salty, moist and tender, and in a class by themselves. They are served with their shells and heads still attached.At the end of the Alabama portion of Hwy. 182, stop at the Flora-Bama (located right on the Alabama and Florida line on Hwy. 182 and Hwy. 292 at 17401 Perdido Key Dr.; 251-980-5118; map) for lunch during the day or enjoy live music at night when the bar is restricted to adults. A roadside icon since the 1970s, this lounge, package store and oyster bar sits on the Alabama/Florida state line. It’s considered one of the last great roadhouses. Nightly entertainment includes live bands offering country, blues, rock and beach-style music. They are open for lunch, dinner and nightly entertainment. They welcome families during the day, then after 6:30 p.m. you must be over 18 to enter.