Gulf Shores, Alabama - along with neighboring vacation destinations such as Orange Beach and Fort Morgan - is noted for fantastic seafood. Mahi mahi, shrimp, grouper and oysters are staples on the menus of many area restaurants, but that's not all. Inventive and unique restaurants across the region serve up barbecue, steak, pizza, Italian and Mexican fare, as well as plenty of other dishes you might be hankering for. 

So how will you choose which restaurants to enjoy when you are staying in your Gulf Shores vacation rental? Here are some places to start:

Awesome brunch

There are many Gulf Shores restaurants to choose from, each offering its own delicious and unique experience.Seeking a relaxing, luxurious way to start a Sunday? Look no further than Southbeach at The Beach Club, where the Sunday Brunch includes a variety of Eggs Benedict dishes with beef, crab cakes or salmon. Enjoy an omelet with fresh blue crab and spinach, or a stack of luscious blueberry pancakes, all while reveling in the refreshing Gulf Coast breeze coming right off the water. It's no wonder Southbeach's presentation was voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by locals.

A unique, romantic dining experience

Few restaurants can offer as memorable an experience as a dinner cruise through the peaceful coastal bays of Alabama. Consider Corsair Charters for a special occasion with your loved one. On a 60-foot classic Biloxi schooner that was hand-built in 1976 by Captain Mike Broussard, you will depart on this private boat charter from Orange Beach and have all day to enjoy the stunning wildlife scenery along the cruise. During this time, wild shrimp and blue crabs are caught in the boat's net to be cooked up for dinner. The result is one of the freshest seafood meals you'll get during your vacation.

Looking for some fun

Of course, it's not all about the food. If you're in search of a good food but also a good time, head to Happy Harbor Pizzeria and Bar in Orange Beach. The "happiest watering hole on the gulf" boasts great views, drinks and menu items, and showcases live entertainment from local songwriters and area artists, plus deck seating right on the water.