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Southern Dishes Not to Be Missed at Orange Beach Seafood Restaurants

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The food of the South has a distinctness and history all its own, as rich and diverse as its colorful history. Traditional Southern fare relies heavily on fresh seafood, local game, fresh vegetables, corn, and rice. Each region has its own unique flavor, and the sheer number of delectable dishes can be overwhelming for the inexperienced gastronomic adventurer.

If you’re on vacation, it might take a few trips back to the region to sample everything it has to offer. Fortunately, waterfront Orange Beach seafood restaurants can help you get started with menus that highlight the stars of Southern cuisine.

Fried Green Tomatoes

This is an iconic appetizer down South, one you should not miss. This dish takes something ordinary such as firm-fleshed tomatoes, and transforms them into something addictive. These tomatoes are usually coated in crunchy cornmeal coating, then deep fried to golden-brown perfection. The faint tartness of the fruit balances out the exterior, and it’s easy to fall in love with fried green tomatoes at the start of your meal.


Another iconic Southern fare, gumbo has deep roots in Louisiana, France, and Africa. This is a hearty soup that uses flavorful stock, the Holy Trinity of celery, onions, and bell peppers, plus assorted meats and seafood to make it filling. Gumbo can be thickened by file powder or okra, then served over a bed of steamed white rice. Whether you want a small cup or a full bowl, you should never leave Orange Beach without a serving of gumbo.


Forget about the usual sandwiches you scarf down during a busy workday. Po’boys are quintessentially south, and starts off with Creole- or Cajun-seasoned seafood such as plump and juicy shrimp. These can be fried or blackened depending on your preference, then served inside crusty New Orleans French loaf. One bite of your po’boy, and you’ll certainly be craving for more.


Grits are such a fundamental Southern staple that the South is often called the “Grits Belt.” Eating grits has a deep and rich history in the South, and it’s a must-try when you visit seafood restaurants in Orange Beach. It’s made from ground corn meal, then boiled into a creamy consistency. To elevate the dish further, some restaurants offer cheese grits or even topped with shrimp.

There are just four dishes you should never miss on your gastronomic journey down South. Talk to your server, or strike a conversation with friendly locals to find out more good eats in this delicious side of the country.


Ultimate Guide to Southern Food, recipes.howstuffworks.com

What You Should Eat in the Southern U.S., nationalgeographic.com