Have you ever had a platter of fresh-caught shrimp cooked to perfection and served with a bowl of buttered garlic? Shrimp is a vital part of any seafood lover's diet, and you can find it cooked every which way at the restaurants in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the surrounding beach towns. From grilled and fried to broiled and boiled, simply knowing that your meal was caught just a few miles from your beach house or condo is enough to keep you coming back for more.

With so many restaurants to choose from, you might want to hone in on what visitors from around the country consider to be their favorite places to find this much-loved crustacean. Here are just three of the many fine choices for shrimp in Gulf Shores:

City Grill

Top 3 shrimp restaurants in Gulf ShoresSouthern Living magazine ranked City Grill as one of the best shrimp restaurants in Gulf Shores because of its unique take on the delicious prawn. You can order a decadent dish like shrimp with smoked gouda cheese and prosciutto grits, served with a zesty creole sauce, or jambalaya pasta, which comes with shrimp, andouille sausage and al dente penne pasta. If your mouth isn't watering with the thought, then you might want to get your taste buds checked!

LuLu's at Homeport

People line up for a taste of Lucy Buffett's homemade gumbo and some of the freshest shrimp in Gulf Shores. If you're in a hurry to get back to the beach or a shopping excursion, you may want  to get there just before the dinner rush so you can feast without having to wait for a seat in this very popular restaurant. If you're in the mood to take your time, you can relax after your filling meal and listen to live music as you throw back LuLu's Crazy Sista Honey Ale beer and your kids play in the sandy area or on the climbing apparatus known as the Mountain of Youth .

Bahama Bob's

The po-boy sandwiches here are nothing short of divine. Much of the food at Bahama Bob's Beach Side Cafe is inspired by the Caribbean, so you can expect to fill your tummies with spicy delights like the Bimini-style steamed shrimp dish and coconut fried shrimp while admiring the wonderful scenery along the Gulf. Don't let the small outer appearance fool you - this place is big on taste, from simple lunches to hungry-man dinners with all the fixin's.