1. ORDER UP
Market by the Bay marinates their seafood in the gumbo’s spices and seasonings. The result? A full, fresh flavor that can’t be beat.
Market by the Bay • 365 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. 929-7203. marketbythebay.com
2. STUFF OF LEGEND
Originally served at the beloved Nan Seas restaurant, this savory classic recipe has been passed down for 50 years.
Fiddlefish Seafood Cafe • 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. 923-3474.
3. DAILY SPECIAL
Upscale eatery The Bull showcases a different gumbo each day. The crab and shrimp is always a crowd-pleaser, but the duck or chicken with house-made chorizo are also excellent options.
The Bull • 609 Dauphin St.
4. TRIED & TRUE
Sure, the family restaurant is old, but the gumbo recipe is even older. The owner whips it up with a homemade thick, rich, brown roux every morning.
Dew Drop Inn • 1808 Old Shell Road 473-7872
5. LAND FARE
For a cup sans seafood, opt for this starter with decadent duck and andouille.
Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar • 25753 Canal Road, Orange Beach. 948-9663.
6. JUST A TASTE
Saving room? Felix’s gumbo comes from the famed late Constantine’s restaurant and can be purchased in a $2 “demi-cup” that isn’t on the menu.
Felix’s Fish Camp • 1530 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. 626-6710. felixsfishcamp.com
Text by Chelsea Wallace