What's at the top of your list for seafood delicacies? If it's oysters you will want to make your way to the annual Oyster Cook-Off at The Hangout in early November to sample these delights by the chefs who definitely know how to cook them. After eating more than 80 oysters apiece, the celebrity judges make their picks for the best bites in the Gulf Coast, and some of the restaurants can be found just a short drive from many Gulf Shores beach house rentals.

Best Rockefeller Oyster

A Rockefeller oyster is probably the first image that pops into your head when you think of these interesting food items. They are typically topped with herbs, spinach, butter and bread crumbs before being tossed onto the grill.

In past years the restaurant topping the judges' lists has been Gulf Island Grill, where you can pick up a platter of oysters all year long. 

Best Raw

Raw oysters are one of the most popular ways to eat this treat and a keen chef is skilled at picking out the freshest and most decadent bites as soon as they're fished from the Gulf Coast waters. Past year's big winner in this category included Happy Harbors, where you can not only feast on raw oysters to your heart's content, but also listen to live music as you dine on the taste of the sea.

Plan to be in town during this exhilarating and tummy-satisfying event and if you want to show off your oyster shucking skills be sure to enter the Shucking Championship for a sweet prize!