Seafood gumbo is one of the Gulf Coast's most delicious traditional dishes.

One of the best parts of any beachside vacation is the wonderful, fresh seafood. If you have booked a Gulf Shores condo for your vacation, no doubt you're looking forward to sampling some of the regional fare. But how will you decide which of the gulf's specialties to try? Here's your guide.

Three foods you have to try during a Gulf Shores vacation

Most people look forward to their Gulf Shores vacations because of the region's white-sand beaches and stunning turquoise and blue waters, but the traditional cuisine of the area is also a draw for many vacationers.

The city's location on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico means the opportunities to try the freshest seafood are plentiful. The chefs in the area mix the best local ingredients into traditional Southern cooking, treating visitors to some of the most unforgettable flavors during their South Alabama vacation. 

With so many delicious options at all of the Gulf Shores restaurants, your choices are numerous. But let us suggest three regional specialties to try during your stay. 

Gumbo

Seafood gumbo is one of the Gulf shore's most delicious traditional dishes.No trip to the South is complete without gumbo. Depending on where you go, this Southern stew consists of some combination of sausage, chicken and shrimp, but in the Gulf Shores area, most establishments add regional catches like crawfish, oysters, crab meat and other fish to the traditional base. No matter which version you order at which restaurant, this dish is sure to please. 

Oysters

Sure, you can get oysters at many coastal vacation destinations, but the Gulf Coast is famous for this delicacy. Try them cold on the half shell at any number of Gulf Shores area restaurants, or sample them steamed, fried or baked. Not sure which to order? Many eateries offer a platter with a variety of deliciously prepared oysters.

Po-boys

Po-boys may be ubiquitous in the southern U.S., but the freshness of the shrimp, oysters, fish and crab used in these hearty sandwiches is unparalleled. Try one made with blackened crawfish, soft-shell crab or a catfish filet for an extra-authentic Gulf Coast experience! Mikee's Seafood in Gulf Shores serves up these varieties along with several others. 

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