One of the questions vacationers ask when visiting a new place is “what are the locals’ favorite places to eat?”

Well, here are three of our favorite “out-of-the-way” restaurants in and around the Gulf Shores area.

Anchor Bar & Grill

Tucked away on the water in Orange Beach, Anchor Bar & Grill is just off Canal Road. Go north on Hwy. 161, hang a right on Canal Road, go about two miles to Wilson Boulevard, take a right, drive to the end of the street, and you’re there!

Anchor Bar & Grill is located at Hudson Marina, where you can even pick up a charter boat for a fishing excursion before or after your meal. Captains say they’ll put you on the amberjack or snapper and anything else that bites during a four-, six- or even eight-hour excursion. Walk-on trips are also available.

The atmosphere at Anchor Bar & Grill is very relaxed. You can dine indoors or outdoors. If you choose outside, the deck overlooks the beautiful scenery filled with boats running in and out of Perdido Pass or making their way to the nearby islands.

The seasonal menu is ever-changing, but you can always rely on tasty bushwackers, bloody Mary’s or other cocktails. Restaurant managers offer a large selection of wine and beers to choose from as well.

There’s always a burger on the menu, but you’re just as likely to find other sandwiches like the popular Cuban, crispy steam-brined chicken wings, tune poke, or fish tacos. Children may choose to order a cheeseburger, grilled cheese sandwich, tacos or even a good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Also in Orange Beach, and actually only a couple of miles west of Anchor Bar & Grill, is Another Broken Egg Café.

The menu is loaded with breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes created from fresh ingredients.

You’ll find comfort food like buttermilk pancakes, classic French toast and Belgian waffles. You’ll also find creative breakfast and brunch specialties like crab cake Benedict, country fried steak Benedict, lobster and brie omelet, crab cakes and fried green tomatoes, and chicken and waffles.

Traditional classics on the menu include house-recipe country sausage gravy over an over-sized biscuit, huevos rancheros and more.

There are even dishes for those watching their waistline: salmon power bowl; granola, fruit and quinoa power bowl; salmon avocado toast; skinny omelet; and veggie delight omelet.

Sandwiches and salads run the gamut, from burgers and club sandwiches to chopped salads.

No matter whether you’re there for breakfast, brunch or lunch, a favorite dish is the City Grits, which contain stone ground grits slow cooked with gouda cheese and topped with bacon, tomatoes and green onions. Add some fruit and a cup of coffee or even a cocktail, and you practically have a meal.

The Sloop

Family-friendly during the day and a lively, live-music venue after hours, the Sloop in Gulf Shores is a laid-back spot to enjoy a bite to eat.

Located in Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, this restaurant is situated in a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere with quaint tree-lined sidewalks, decorative lamp posts and inviting outdoor seating.

The merchants in this cute village include Acme Oyster House, LuLu’s and Tacky Jacks. You’ll also find the adorable Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Gallery (with jewelry and artwork from local artists) in this district.

Not your typical seafood restaurant (you can find one of those just down the way), The Sloop offers snacks like nachos, cheesesteak party fries, wings and cheesesteak egg rolls. There’s also the traditional gumbo or soup du jour.

Salads come in large and small sizes. There’s a house salad, a Caesar salad, a wedge salad and an antipasto Italiano salad. Add a protein for a few dollars more.

The Sloop’s tasty sandwich selection ranges from the popular South Foley Cheesesteak to the saucy meatball sandwich, and a sandwich with spicy sausage and peppers. There’s even a hot wing hoagie if you like a little extra spice. Oh, and the Sloop Dog is a grilled footlong Nathan’s all beef hot dog topped with house slaw, old fashioned chili, cheese whiz, and fried candied jalapenos.

When you dine at The Sloop, you’ll feel like you’ve always lived in this coastal paradise.

Live like a local when you’re at the beach. Rent a cute two- or three-bedroom beach house and visit all three of these favorite locals’ havens.