5 Must-Try Seafood Dishes at Alabama Restaurants

Whether you’re visiting the gulf or just grabbing a bite to eat at your favorite spot, you can find incredible seafood all over Alabama without having to search too hard.

In fact, deciding what to get from a menu filled with mouth-watering dishes is often the hardest part of a seafood dinner. That’s why we’re highlighting five must-try seafood dishes you can find here. even in our state.

From oysters all the way to nationally recognized fine dining to catfish and hushpuppies, you can’t go wrong with the options on this list. These aren’t the only seafood dishes in the state worthy of your attention, but it’s a good place to start.

Scallops at Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina

27075 Marina Road in Orange Beach

The scallops at Fisher’s Upstairs in Orange Beach are on the list of 100 foods to eat in Alabama. (contributed)

With less than a decade under its belt, Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina may be the newest restaurant with a dish on this list, but it’s made a name for itself throughout the region for more than its gorgeous views. : Executive chef Bill Briand was a five-time semi-finalist for Best Chef: South at the James Beard Awards.

Seared Fisher Sea Scallops, served with roasted cauliflower and a salad of mint, parsley and sliced ​​red onions, look as good as they taste, and it’s a meal everyone should try at least once. time. You don’t have to take our word for it, just ask the Alabama Department of Tourism, which included the dish on its “100 Foods to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” list.

Seared sea scallops at Fisher’s Upstairs are one of Alabama’s 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die from the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

Captain’s Tray at Wolf Bay Lodge

20801 Miflin Road in Foley and 24131 Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach

Captain’s Platter at Wolf Bay Lodge is an Alabama seafood feast. (contributed)

Wolf Bay Lodge is a family restaurant that has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike since its inception in 1973. It is known for its welcoming atmosphere and varied menu of fresh seafood dishes, such as Seafood Gumbo , the chunky crab cakes and its fully loaded captain’s platter dishes.

The captain’s platter is a meal fit for a captain – and honestly, he could probably feed his whole crew, too. The platter includes stuffed crab, sea scallops, gulf shrimp, lobster tail and your choice of fish, all grilled to perfection. Not to mention, it’s served with your choice of side and the restaurant’s popular hushpuppies.

Snapper throats at The Bright Star

304 19th Street North in Bessemer

The Snapper Throats at Bright Star are a favorite. (Bob Carlton)

With over 100 years in business, The Bright Star is Alabama’s oldest restaurant and one of its most beloved. Just ask the families who have made dining out a tradition for generations. Its most notable menus include fresh seafood, famous pies and Greek-style specialties.

Among those Greek dishes are the fried snapper throats, which restaurant regulars can’t get enough of, and diners new to The Bright Star might be a bit confused. The tender, flaky piece of fish is a rarity hard to find elsewhere, making it one of the most sought-after dishes in the state, not to mention delicious.

Catfish at The Ark Family Restaurant

13030 US 78 in Riverside

Catfish is the star of The Ark Family restaurant in Riverside. (Bob Carlton)

The Ark Family Restaurant has become a local institution in St. Clair County and has also garnered national acclaim over its nearly 90 year history: everything to do with it.

Sure, a plate of catfish might sound like a meal you might sit down at in many places in Alabama, but most of them can’t compare to The Ark’s. A good reason for that? Not only does the restaurant have high standards for the catfish they offer, but they also make sure to prepare it according to the tastes of each customer. Whether you prefer it fried or grilled and served as fillets, nuggets, strips or whole, The Ark has you covered.

100 Foods to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: The Ark Shrimp and Catfish Dinner from the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

Oysters at Wintzell’s Oyster House

605 Dauphin Street in Mobile, several other locations

The oysters are on behalf of Wintzell’s Oyster House, so you know they’re going to be good. (Sharon Steinman)

Although there are now Wintzells all over Alabama, the Oyster House got its start in Mobile in 1938. Since then, it has grown into an iconic restaurant known for serving some of the best oysters in the state. however you like them – whether fried, simmered or naked.

The fact that Wintzell chose to put “Oyster House” right there in their name should be a good indication of how serious they are when it comes to serving fresh oysters in every way imaginable, including grilled, Bienville, Rockefeller and floods. It’s this dedication to offering so many tasty options that is likely what has kept customers coming back for decades.

Distinguished Young Women Oyster Tasting Contest at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile, Alabama, from the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

Dino S. Williams