Crab cakes, crab claws, crab melt, crab dip. If you’re a crab lover, you’ve got great options at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants. There’s no better way to enjoy Alabama Gulf Coast crab than right off the boat. Whether you like a crab cake slathered in remoulade sauce or crab claws dripping with tangy marinades, you’ve come to the right place. Try ’em any way you want ’em on a Crab Trail during your vacation on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. For more Crab Trail options, be sure to check out the Eat Your Way restaurant directory and fan favorite restaurants.
Crab for breakfast? Oh, yeah! Serious seafood lovers won’t pass up this option. Order up a serving of Soft-Shell Crab Benedict at Brick & Spoon
in Orange Beach. A cornmeal-dusted soft-shell crab sits on top of a bed of Canadian bacon, poached eggs and house-made hollandaise. Oh, and there’s the English muffin, too. If you really need your seafood fix, throw in an order of Deviled on the Bayou. It’s not crab, but who could resist tasso deviled eggs topped with a crispy fried oyster and sriracha aioli?
DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen
pairs your love for crab and shrimp in its Crab & Shrimp Bisque. Paired with a house or Caesar salad, it’s the perfect savory and slightly sweet lunch for a day at the beach. In fact, DeSoto’s is close enough to the main public beach in Gulf Shores you can easily walk over to get your crab fix.
You know you’re taking a BLT to the next level when you add succulent seafood to the mix. On your Crab Trail adventure, ask your server for the Crab Cake BLT Salad at the Original Oyster House
in Gulf Shores. This moist, yet slightly crispy crab is served with Bill-E’s locally sourced small-batch bacon, tomatoes and house-made Parmesan croutons. Of course, there’s lettuce in there, too.
If you didn’t get your fill of crab during breakfast on Day 1 of the Crab Trail, bring your brunch appetite to Another Broken Egg
in Orange Beach and ask for The Floridian Omelet. (Just remember you’re on Alabama’s beaches and not in our neighboring state!) The Floridian is a cream cheese-filled omelet topped with garlic butter-sautéed crab meat, Monterey Jack cheese and green onions. And if that doesn’t fill you up just by reading about it, it also comes with country potatoes or grits and an English muffin.
It wasn’t voted one of the Top 10 Seafood Shacks in America by Fox News for no reason! Add Doc’s Seafood Shack
to your must-try Crab Trail spots during your Orange Beach vacation. Stop in at Doc’s for the Ole Spider Burger. In Doc’s speak, it’s a “big ole crab” (soft-shell crab) deep fried a golden brown and on a bun with all the fixin’s. You can even slather it with remoulade if you’d like.
Who doesn’t love a great slice of cheesecake? Get it with a twist at Bill’s by the Beach
in Gulf Shores. You’ve probably never had crab quite like the Bacon & Crab Cheesecake, and that’s the reason you’ve got to try it. Blue crab lovers may go back for seconds. This “cheesecake” combines blue crab, crumbled bacon, herbed cream cheese and tomato onion jam for a delectable dish. Crostinis are the perfect addition, punching it up with some crunch.
You can’t ignore the crispy goodness of a basket of crab claws fried to perfection and piled high. Take your pick of remoulade or cocktail sauce and dip to your heart’s content. Tacky Jacks
says it’s an unmistakably Gulf Coast dish, and we think they’re right. Sure, you can get them steamed at Tacky Jacks as well, but it’s hard to pass up fried crab claws.
Wrap up your Crab Trail with a next-level entrée at Louisiana Lagniappe
. The Eggplant Orleans is served with house-made hushpuppies, house salad and a baked potato, but you might forget you have sides altogether. Picture medallions of deep-fried eggplant topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and rich hollandaise sauce. Go ahead, pick your chin off the table. Yes, it’s that good.