What kind of breakfast do you eat? Are you a hearty bacon and eggs kind of person? A French Toast kind of girl, or the coffee and cereal type? I’m a coffee and yogurt person. Getting the kids out the door, and starting work early is a high priority here, so my breakfast style is simple. But that simplicity can get a little boring and I’m the first to admit that. So, having the chance to dine at several amazing restaurants in Gulf Shores, Alabama was a sweet southern treat.
About two weeks ago I visited Gulf Shores, Alabama on a media tour with a few other travel bloggers. Let me just say right off the bat that Alabama was welcoming and friendly. Service was wonderful at every stop. There’s something lovely about hearing “Yes, Ma’am,” multiple times a day. And “How are y’all today?” I loved how polite everyone was all the way from Huntsville through to the Gulf Shores border, and right over to the Florabama that straddles the Florida/Alabama state border.
Then there was the food. Alabama southern food knocked my socks off. Fresh seafood and fresh fish was available in abundance. I will share some of the best spots and scrumptious meals we had in another post. But Gulf Shores breakfast restaurants merited a post on their own.
I had no clue what to expect from the food in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There were no real preconceptions at all. Even that first southern meal at the TBEX conference was eye opening. It was probably the best conference food I have ever eaten. But today I want to share my favourite Gulf Shores breakfast restaurants, so you have an idea of where to dine when you visit the area.
Sometimes you start off on media tours and have no idea if the food will be worth writing home about. Well, these Gulf Shores breakfast restaurants are more than worthy. Do me a favour and ditch the diet when you visit.
On our first morning in Gulf Shores, we woke up early to go to the Southern Grind Coffee House at the Wharf. The Wharf is a vibrant, picturesque entertainment and shopping area in Orange Beach. Atmosphere here is inspired by the beach. There are dozens of delicious coffee variations and some incredible biscuits.
Southern Grind is definitely family friendly and family owned too. There’s a shop inside the coffee house and a wide variety of merchandise for purchase. There’s everything from art for your home, to T-shirts and beach throw pillows. Don’t miss the jewelry on the way out of the coffee shop and breakfast restaurant. My travel companion Margarita bought a pretty bracelet before we left.
There’s no excuse for leaving without a souvenir of your visit. Pet friendly watering station right outside. Take a short walk down the boulevard and snap some selfies by the huge ferris wheel.
Day two was a morning where we split into two groups, depending on who was doing which activities that day. I opted to do the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the Orange Beach Cat Boat Tour of Perdido Pass. That meant we started our day at Kitty’s Kafe. I had a Greek omelet which was big and very tasty. But the star of the show was this hash shown above. I highly recommend that dish when you visit this adorable restaurant.
The decor inside is comical. There are cat pictures everywhere and photos of dogs that have been rescued. A mural on the one wall is pigs flying. Not sure what that’s about, but it is adorable. Check out the nice patio they have to offer too.
This Kitty’s Kafe breakfast was definitely enough to keep us going again through a busy morning sightseeing and taking pictures. We walked a fair bit around the Alabama Gulf Shores Zoo after this meal so I felt a bit better about eating such a big breakfast.
On our last day, right before leaving, we hit Brick & Spoon. No Boring Breakfasts Allowed is the slogan and it was 100 % accurate. To start there’s a Bloody Mary menu which was unreal. I had no idea there were that many ways to make a Bloody Mary. We didn’t have any because it was a bit to early in the day for me to drink. BUT, I appreciated that this was a hallmark of Brick & Spoon. Travel + Leisure named Brick & Spoon one of the ten best breakfast spots in the USA. I can see why.
Awesome Breakfast Restaurants in Gulf Shores Alabama
There are so many things to love about Gulf Shores, Alabama. The food scene is surprising and inspiring. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores boasts 32 miles of pristine beach coast and there are dozens of activities to fill your days. Don’t skimp on breakfast. Take the time to savour southern comfort food at some of the Gulf Shores breakfast restaurants.
I was a guest of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism recently and as such received perks such as accommodations, travel, food and activities while there. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful.