Local Favorite Restaurants/Bars
Located at the public boat launch under the Hwy 59 bridge in Gulf Shores, The Sloop is a locally owned restaurant/bar that features that awesome combination of "hole-in-the-wall" feel with top notch food. Locals frequent The Sloop for its menu blending fresh seafood, Southern dishes, and surprising daily specials. This writer's personal favorite is the Twin Cheese Burger which is among the best I've found anywhere - and I look everywhere. Plus, this sailing themed spot doubles as a sports bar, offering tons of TVs showing your favorite teams' games in an atmosphere filled with friendly staff and locals. And don't miss the great live music out back on the white sand courtyard.
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Mikee’s, a local family-owned establishment, offers an extensive menu featuring a wide selection of fresh catches from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. From succulent shrimp to fresh oysters and the catch-of-the-day, the seafood is sourced locally, ensuring freshness, and supporting the community's fishermen. This writer particularly loves grabbing a seat at the bar and enjoying a cold brew (or 3) with a plate of the best fried cheese sticks in the area (5 stars!).
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JESSE'S ON THE BAY
With an extensive menu that showcases a fusion of coastal and international flavors, Jesse’s on the Bay offers the same quality and precision execution the original location in Magnolia Springs, AL became famous for. There is literally nothing bad on the menu, including the many fresh seafood dishes, but it is STEAK that Jesse’s is most prized for. They serve unique cuts of dry and wet-aged steaks and bone-in cuts, overseen by Executive Chef Laurence Agnew. While the steaks aren’t exactly underpriced, they certainly over-deliver. Diners can also savor fantastic appetizers such as crab cakes with a hint of Cajun spice or indulge in their famous seafood gumbo, bursting with Gulf Coast flavors. The mixologists behind the bar can make you anything you want, and they offer several signature cocktails that will delight any beach vacationer. You can get full service for dinner at the bar as well. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
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