Looking for a laid-back place to eat, hang out with friends and watch boats speed by on the Perdido Pass? Head to The Gulf, a perfectly quaint but still stylishly chic eatery located on Perdido Beach Boulevard underneath the Perdido Pass bridge. This hotspot is located just a short drive from Perdido Key rentals, but is also easily accessible from condos and beach houses in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

The restaurant puts a focus on local, sustainable ingredients and maintains an effortlessly cool atmosphere, making it the perfect option for lunch. When you walk "in" to The Gulf, you're actually walking out onto a beach-front patio, covered with brightly colored, Oriental-style rugs. You can order one of the many daily options, like the Gulf Burger, which is made from Meyer Ranch natural, humane Angus beef with housemade aioli and other delectable toppings. The Gulf Taco is another can't-miss - crispy tortillas are filled with yellow-tail tuna sashimi with chipotle aioli, jicama and cucumber. Definitely order a side of fresh cut fries, too. The potatoes have a special, sweet flavor that makes them irresistible. 

The seating options at this restaurant are perhaps the best part. Choose a shady spot on the patio or head out to one of the many charmingly mismatched picnic tables or rustic porch chairs on a grassy patch. Or, you could get even closer to the Gulf waters and sit in plush couches and chairs on the white sand beach on the water in front of the restaurant.

Better yet, if you're looking for a more romantic or secluded spot at which to dine with your sweetheart, head upstairs to the eatery's green, rooftop seating area. Choose between a table and chairs or a wraparound couch on this deck, which is covered in grass so you feel like you're eating on the ground. You could also grab a cocktail at the bar downstairs and head up to enjoy it in one of the oversized rattan chairs that sit cozily in the shaded hallway of the upper floor. From here, you have a superb view of the Perdido Pass, where fishing charter boats and other vessels sail through after a day out on the water.

The Gulf is a perfect spot to head for lunch after a morning spent on the beach or by the pool of your Perdido Key condos, or to enjoy an evening cocktail.