Good morning from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan! You’re on Island Time now and your day started a little later than it does at home. But its all good! Yesterday, you guys had a great time exploring your Alabama Gulf Coast beach vacation paradise and you stayed up passed your bedtime last night just trying to make your first day of vacation last a little longer. Today, the Gulf of Mexico is perfect, the pristinely white beach is calling your name, and you have big plans for Day Two of your stay. We get it. We really do! You want to make every second count. But right now you’re hungry. Its mid-morning and your stomach is telling you: Hey, you, its time to eat! But eat where? Sure, there’s Waffle House. And they are always open and they have really good food. But why not try something different? Why not try something you can’t get at home?
Here is our recommendation for The Top 5 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.
Tacky Jacks 2 in Fort Morgan
If you like less crowded beaches, chances are you’ll be staying in the family-friendly Fort Morgan community with Sunset Properties. If you’re staying in The Dunes or The Indies or perhaps at the pet friendly Blue Bay House, you won’t have to drive more than about 5 minutes to enjoy one of the best breakfast spots on the island: Tacky Jacks 2. Located at Fort Morgan Marina, Tacky Jacks 2 serves breakfast every day until 10:30 AM. If you arrive just a little after breakfast ends, you’re also in luck! With a huge variety of menu items, Tacky Jacks 2 has everything from ribeyes, to mahi, to tuna dip, to gumbo. How about a slice of peanut butter pie? Pie for breakfast?! Absolutely! Go ahead and have a bushwhacker with your pie! And order something cold and non-alcoholic for the kiddos! Why not? You’re on vacation! Enjoy!
Bills by the Beach in Gulf Shores
Are you staying Lighthouse 607 or Island Sunrise 468 in Gulf Shores and you don’t want to drive over to Fort Morgan? You’re in luck, too! Bills by the Beach, located at 300 West Beach Blvd, has become famous for their outstanding Bloody Mary cocktails. Their Bloody Marys are so good they were actually called “The Best Bloody Mary in Alabama” by www.onlyinyourstate.com . Just picture it: a tall, cold, not-too-spicy Bloody Mary with a skewer containing a slider, some boiled shrimp, Conecuh sausage and fresh veggies topping it off. Its like having a whole breakfast in a glass! But if you need something on a plate to sit beside your Bloody Mary, try their steak and eggs or their delicious pancakes topped with banana foster. Talk about mouth watering yum! Brunch is served at Bills by the Beach daily from 9AM until 2PM.
The Ruby Slipper Café in Orange Beach
How about a taste of New Orleans right here in Orange Beach? Located at 24151 Perdido Beach Blvd near Grand Caribbean 425, The Ruby Slipper Café has an award winning menu and great choices for the whole family. The kiddos are sure to love the cinnamon swirl pancakes paired with Orange Juice. Mom and Dad will enjoy The Peacemaker which is a choice of two benedicts. Try the Chicken St. Charles or the Shrimp Boogaloo. You’ll thank us later! Have you ever had a Bacon Bloody Mary? Probably not one like this. The creative folks at The Ruby Slipper use bacon in their Bloody Marys unlike any other we’ve ever had. And man-oh-man is it good! If you like Bloody Marys, you must give this a try! So far the reviews are outstanding.
The Southern Grind at The Wharf in Orange Beach
The Southern Grind is not your everyday “same-ole, same-ole” coffee shop. It is great coffee plus so much more! With a fun family atmosphere and a menu to match, The Southern Grind is definitely a must-do for breakfast. Located at The Wharf, one of Orange Beach’s most popular venues, The Southern Grind features seating inside and outside. Eating outside on early summer mornings in Orange Beach is a real treat! What’s also a treat is their Belgian Waffles topped with strawberries, whipped cream and a raspberry drizzle. This mouth-watering dish is served with a side of bacon, sausage or ham. This is really popular with most kiddos! More than just coffee, The Southern Grind also hosts local gatherings, parties and socials. Breakfast is served every day until at least 11 AM. Come by for the coffee, stay for the fun!
Hazel’s Nook in Gulf Shores
Hazel’s Nook, located at the intersection of Gulf Shores Parkway and Fort Morgan Road, has been a breakfast staple in Gulf Shores since 1957. Truly no vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast is complete without at least one stop at Hazel’s Nook. Not only does this landmark restaurant have one of the best Southern breakfasts on the island, the service has always been excellent, too. With a small-town diner feel, you’re sure to enjoy some of the best food the island has to offer. As soon as you walk in you can smell the yummy goodness! Traditional menu items like bacon, eggs, grits and biscuits can be found on the breakfast buffet each day from 6:30AM until 11:00AM. And how about a great cup of coffee? They have it! So if you’re staying at Peninsula 401, head towards Gulf Shores on Fort Morgan Road. Go straight through the intersection of Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores Parkway, and look to your left. You can’t miss Hazel’s Nook. With great food, fresh coffee, and smiling faces, these guys have mastered the art of helping island guests and locals alike start the day off right!
There are quite a few places to have breakfast and brunch around our island. This is a short list of our faves. We hope you stay long enough to try them all! We at Sunset Properties are always happy to recommend great places to play, eat and shop to our guests. Do you have a favorite you’d like to recommend? Leave us a note in our comment section below and we may just feature your suggestion in one of our future blogs.