I always feel like when you’re on vacation that you have to indulge in at least one of the area favorites and possibly try something new. For our trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, we wanted to try alligator. I was told the place to try some is The Original Oyster House, which double as a Gulf Shore favorite.
Local favorite. Check.
We went on our last night in Gulf Shores, a Sunday and it didn’t seem like there was any slowing down in there. Although busy, we didn’t wait long but while we did wait we checked out the store. They sell a lot of “beachy” items for decoration, Souvenirs and a few seasonings, of which I purchased some seasoning. We were still pretty full from our lunch earlier that day, so we decided on sharing some appetizers. Of course we got the alligator, we ordered fried cheese and crab claws. I also got a small bowl of gumbo. My son decided on kid classic, pizza (shocking).
The crab claws were different from expected. They were served fried but we assumed the would have come steamed. Good, but not how we would have preferred them.
The fried cheese was delicious! It is made fresh, never frozen and so good. The cheese was perfectly melted, not that tough texture you can sometimes get with frozen cheese sticks. It didn’t even need sauce.
The fried alligator was tougher than I thought it would be. I had shark before and I guess expected the same texture for some reason. Although the texture wasn’t what I assumed it was, I still enjoyed it.
I think my favorite dish was the gumbo, which was notes to be the best in Mobile, Alabama. It wasn’t too spicy but still packed with flavor. It is also decently priced.
The prices at the Oyster House can be expensive depending on what you are getting. They had a large selection of dishes to choose from so no matter who you are bringing there will be something so everyone. They also had a salad bar that looked pretty fresh.
It was pretty casual dining. As I mentioned earlier in the post, it was packed when we arrived and there were a lot of people waiting outside. It seemed as though they were seated pretty quickly for how busy they were; when we left, we barely seen anyone outside still waiting.
We noticed a cute ice cream shop in the same packing lot as The Original Oyster House, it was closed for the season but seemed like a great place to grab dessert afterward.
I would definitely recommend hitting up The Original Oyster House when you visit Gulf Shores, Alabama. It would be a great place to on your last night to end a great visit.