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December 2016

beachin’ Life on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Holiday Events Calendar

Dining Guide Featuring Chef Brody Oliver of Voyagers

Beach Art

Glassblowers at The Hot Shop

Christmas on the Shores

Local gifts special to the Island, holiday parties and more! 1 Beachin’ ● December 2016


Taste the Difference — Eat Local and Fresh

Welcome to Bill’s By The Beach, where you will experience the best cuisine the Gulf has to offer while taking in the amazing Alabama Gulf Coast beach view. We’ve built our reputation offering fresh, wild-caught Gulf and domestic seafood, as well as local, farm fresh and seasonal vegetables — hand crafted into unique, sensational meals that can be enjoyed by the entire family for an affordable price. Join us for our monthly Chef's Table, an intimate four course dinner and wine pairing with Executive Chef Jon and 20 guest. Mark your calendar for December 22 at 7:00pm and make reservations. View details at bbtb.com/bills-blog. On October 17, our Seasonal hours begin, open Thursday through Sunday. Make reservations to host your holiday private and corporate parties. Our gift cards make great stocking stuffers, stop by for lunch and start shopping.

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Christmas on the Shores

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Take a Day Trip to Bellingrath Gardens

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Beach Art: Kerry Parks & Dan Rush photos

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At the Beach

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Live Local Music Beach Happenings Hooked on Fishin'

Dining Guide

a letter from the editor

Tis the season for family, festivities and frequent shopping trips. The beach is a wonderful place to be during the holidays because there is always an event or activity happening on the Island. In this issue, celebrate Christmas on the Shores by shopping and buying local gifts. Host your own holiday party and learn the top decorating tips to get into the Christmas spirit. Also in this issue, check out the glassblowing duo at The Hot Shop at Coastal Arts Center and take a trip to Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens! Be sure to check out the Holiday Event Calendar so you don't miss the opportunities! I'll see you there in my beach chair,

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about the cover Have a holly jolly Christmas with all of this season's events and activities happening right here at the beach! The Wharf in Orange Beach is one of the local places that are decorated for the holidays and offer many seasonal activities for all ages (cover photo by Lynn Jordan/ lynnjordanphotography.com)

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ristmas Shores on the

With so many events, decorations and holiday activities, the Christmas season on the Alabama Gulf Coast is a very special, and exciting time of year. For the holidays, host your own holiday get together with loved ones or co-workers and throw the party of the year! Let a few venues at the beach assist you in all of your party planning necessities.

While decorating for Christmas, learn a few holiday decorating tips to keep in mind that will fill your home with the Christmas spirit. This year, shop and buy local! Find a special treasure that is unique to the Island and give an original present to someone special. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the beach is holly, jolly place to be! December 2016 ● Beachin’ 9


SPECIAL

Gifts from the

ISLAND by Destiny Brown

This season, bring holiday cheer to your community by shopping and buying local! Give your friends and loved ones a treasure from the Island and something that is unique to the Gulf Coast. There are many galleries, boutiques and other retailers on the Island that carry special gifts that can only be found in this area. At a time of year where big box retailers offer deep discounts, this is an annual opportunity to show local businesses your support and a great way to score items while benefitting the local economy. Whether you’re shopping for jewelry, original art or browsing for that perfect present, the retailers at the beach invite you to shop local, and shop special. The Prosperous Pelican in Orange Beach is home local gifts that range from jewelry to pottery to watercolors and more. The store opened in 2002 and

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has since been a venue for local and regional artists to display their work. “We began with seven local artists and by word of mouth and attending art shows, more local and regional artists began to add to our collection,” said Nancy Wright, owner of the Prosperous Pelican. The store is a gallery of local art and offers a variety of gifts that will only be found on the Island. New artists are always adding to the store's selection. For the Christmas season, painted Santa and sailor oyster shell ornaments by local artist Kathy McLauren are a big seller, but jewelry remains the most popular gift for the holidays. “I have 20 jewelry artists,” Wright said. “A lot of men buy for their wives during Christmas time and they know they can get a good price here on a fine piece of jewelry.”


The store specializes in unique stones and other gems and carries few gold pieces. Visit the Prosperous Pelican for your holiday shopping at 24823 Commercial Ave/ #4 in Orange Beach. Also, specializing in jewelry is Diamond Jewelers in Gulf Shores. Diamond Jewelers has been a local favorite for 70 years. The store specializes in diamonds and offers unique pieces that are special to the Gulf Coast. The store has been getting most of their diamonds from Belgium for more than 30 years and take pride in their variety of jewelry from silver lines to high end pieces. “When you walk in our door, it’s not like any other store,” said Stephanie Gatlin, assistant manager of Diamond Jewelers. “You feel at home. Our staff has been here a long time and we

make you feel like a best friend or a family member.” The store’s welcoming employees make it the perfect atmosphere for holiday shopping. Their biggest seller is top jewelry line, Pandora charm bracelets. “We carry Pandora, which is huge,” Gatlin said. “They are a great price point and the whole family can get involved in buying gifts for their loved ones.” Pandora carries many unique charms, but two that are exclusive to this store are the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach charms. “Those charms are as exclusive as you can get to the area,” said Jeff Goodman, owner of Diamond Jewelers. “It’s been such a draw when people are down here and see those. They are exclusive to our store. Since Pandora

is the number one jewelry line in the world, having those two charms has really done great for us.” From Dec. 1 to Christmas Eve, Diamond Jewelers will be running its Yule Tide with Yeti promotion. For your purchase, you can also get a YETI rambler, hopper cooler or tundra cooler, depending on the amount spent. “It’s a win win,” Gatlin said. “The guys come in looking for their wives or girlfriends and they can receive a piece of jewelry and something YETI. We’re excited about that because being in a fishing area, YETI is huge down here.” Diamond Jewelers has a variety of jewelry pieces that are original to the area. Visit the store at 108 E. 20th Ave. in Gulf Shores to get a special gift from the beach. December 2016 ● Beachin’ 11


YULE TIDE WITH YETI AT

DIAMOND JEWELERS

• Spend $250: Get • Spend $1,500: Get YETI Rambler YETI Hopper Cooler “Christmas is huge for us,” Gatlin said. “It’s a big busy time of year and we’re very fortunate that we have local customers that come and shop with us every year.” Diamond Jewelers also takes pride in donating to local organizations, and being involved in the community. “A thing about this store is that it’s community-based and that’s 12 Beachin’ ● December 2016

• Spend $3,000: Get YETI Tundra Cooler

what it’s all about,” Goodman said. “We deal with the mature and the younger, but when you’re in business for 70 years it says something across the board.” With so many opportunities to find that perfect gift, explore your local retailers for deals, promotions and discounts for holiday shopping. Give a gift to your community this holiday season and shop local!

‹LORRIE KRUK, STEPHANIE GATLIN, DAWN MCKENZIE, JEFF GOODMAN, DAPHNE GOODMAN, MARY KATHRYN AUTREY, STEVE ERTLE›


HOSTING A

Holiday PARTY Venues to celebrate with co-workers, family and friends by Destiny Brown

The holidays are a great time to host a get together for your co-workers and loved ones. Whether you’re throwing a Christmas cocktail party or looking for a place to welcome 2017 on New Year’s Eve, have the party of the year at one of the many venues at the beach that offer large space rentals. REASONS TO CELEBRATE IN DECEMBER Gulf Shores Christmas Parade, Dec. 4 The Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 10 Christmas!, Celebrate through Dec. 25 New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

THE WHARF, ORANGE BEACH

The Wharf offers three separate venues to host your holiday party. With three different scenes and different accommodations, the rentals at The Wharf can cater to a range of partygoers. One of the most popular times to rent out a party space is the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 10. Groups book in advance to be sure they have a prime view of the parade. The venues also offer a choice of caterers and bartenders from the Wharf ’s restaurants so you can enjoy the party.

“We have several caterers here at The Wharf that can plan everything and have everything from sushi to prime rib,” said Sheena Mizell, Marketing Manager for The Wharf. “We also offer the option of using one of The Wharf caterers or serving your food and beverages yourself. “We only need an easy-toobtain insurance policy and we have bartenders and servers we refer out to help you with the serving. Our spaces can accommodate parties of 40 to 400 with great views of the water.” Groups can set up for their

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party the day before and have until noon the next day to remove decorations. The Wharf is also already decorated throughout with its festive holiday lights. “We let the groups decorate the space any way they wish and The Wharf has a 30-foot Christmas tree and decorations all around the property,” Mizell said. “We have a special Spectra light show two times a night that is amazing.” With all of the activities surrounding venues at The Wharf, it makes the perfect location for a holiday get together. “We have so much to offer here at The Wharf with our ice skating rink, mini golf, the Breakout team building facility and our Ferris wheel,” said Mizell. “Holiday parties are the one time of year you can get to really know your co-workers. The Wharf is the one place where there is shopping, water front venues for the boat parade, and lots of activities that the whole group will enjoy.” The Wharf is also home to many restaurants that have enough space for large party dinners. For information and event booking, contact Brad Nicks at brad@alwharf.com or call 407-222-4479 or visit alwharf.com.

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‹THE GULF›

PRIVATE PARTY VENUES AT THE WHARF The Sands 3.425 square feet 150 Occupancy Restroom, outside patio seats, designated parking, elevator, bar.

The Palms 5,455 square feet 350 Occupancy Located above Villaggio. Offers restrooms, ADA accessible, kitchen facilities.

Heron Pointe 10,580 square feet 400 occupancy This venue is more like an esteemed plantation home on the canal. Restroom, designated parking, elevator, 2 bars, furnished outside porches and gazebo.

‹THE WHARF›


7 TIPS FOR HOSTING Before you swing into full party mode, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to have a smooth and well-planned get together. 1. Send out invites early Let people know about your party! If you give your guests a heads up, they’ll have the event marked ahead in their calendars and you can make sure you have a complete guest list. Be sure to book a venue that accommodates enough people.

‹THE GULF›

THE GULF, ORANGE BEACH

If you’re looking for an outdoor venue right on the water to host your holiday get together, check out The Gulf in Orange Beach. The Gulf can accommodate a large number of people in its large open air space. The venue overlooks the Perdido Pass and beyond that the Gulf and has an unforgettable, laid-back atmosphere. “The open landscape, beauty and flexibility of the floorplan makes The Gulf the ideal place for a family get together,” said Wiley Underwood, Assistant Marketing Manager for The Gulf and The Hangout. The Gulf recommends booking holiday parties in advance as soon as possible. They also provide decorations, caterers, and other special services needed to throw the perfect party. “We are happy to orchestrate all of the needs for the party,” Underwood said. “We also work closely with party organizers to ensure that all of their services are well executed. We will work with you to make your event just perfect.” Book your party in the evening and watch the sun go down on the Gulf, or book at night and enjoy the string lights twinkling on the water. The scenery at The Gulf provides the ultimate Gulf Coast evening experience. “The holiday season is a wonderful time to reconnect with family, and catch up,” Underwood said. “The Gulf is all about getting together with loved ones and friends, and relaxing in a beautiful setting. This makes it even better for large groups that can enjoy the various activities we have for kids as well.” For more information on booking your holiday event, email kimberly@thegulf.com. If you want to host something a little more low-key, there are plenty of restaurants and venues in the beach area that take reservations for large parties. Book your night out in advance to be sure everything goes as planned!

2. Have plenty of food Whether you’re bringing food in or having it catered in, food is key to a successful party. Keep your guests, and their bellies happy with a variety of snack foods and appetizers throughout the evening. 3. Prepare your drink menu Some venues allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages while others have bartending services catered to your event. Either way, be sure there are plenty of options and plenty of variety in mixer and alcohol choices. It’s a good idea to also add some non-alcoholic beverages to the mix and keep waters stocked! 4. Decorations If you have a decorator, be sure they know what time guests will be arriving. If you’re the decorator, this is the perfect time to show off your holiday spirit! You also need to find the time the decorations need to be taken down, either after the party or the next day, so you can make arrangements for clean-up. 5. Get a musician or a playlist To avoid any silences, invest in a musician, a DJ or just plug in your IPhone to get some music going. Live music is also a way to get the crowd involved and many musicians can even perform holiday sing-a-longs. If making a playlist on your phone, be sure to add a few holiday tunes! 6. Prepare a few short announcements or a slideshow Let everyone know that you appreciate their attendance by making a statement about the purpose of the party and thanking them for coming! 7. Keep a cheerful holiday spirit A successful party is a stress-free party. Enjoy yourself!

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Whether Traditional, Victorian, Country, Coastal, or a blend, enjoy making it personal! I’m often asked “What are the colors for this Christmas Season?” The simple truth is; What is your favorite thought for color this year? It will be the number one color for you, your family and friends!

Selecting a Tree

Real or artificial? Don’t give up your love for the look and scent of a real tree, just monitor dryness throughout the season. Thanks to the convenience and range of artificial trees, they can also take on the look of the real thing.

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DECORATING

Tips FOR THE

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Pre-lit LED Trees

Save time and the effort of stringing lights with prelit LED lights. Place any tree on a timer so they glow on your own personal schedule

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Crafty DIY Decor

If you’re crafty, try making an artsy tree from one of the following: • Reclaimed shipping pallets. For a rustic look, you can leave natural or  you can paint according to desired design. • Plywood with a wood base and single support. Perhaps make three different sizes for a grouping. • Tree Limbs (2” or 3” diameter)  placed on a dowel and rotated to different angles. All strung with your favorite ornament theme.

Create Depth

With any tree decor, create depth by layering ornaments beginning on the inside and working out.

Wishes for you and yours to enjoy a wonderfully blessed and joyful Christmas season! 16 Beachin’ ● December 2016


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Use All of Your Special Ornaments

Wondering what to do with that box or boxes of hand made or hand me down ornaments? Perhaps you want to put up a choice of design that doesn’t embrace them? Simply put up another tree, size determined by number of ornaments, find that special location for it and Wha-Lah!

Add a Mirror

For small space expansion, invest in a floor mirror and place it behind your tree. This will create an expanded double look. It can become a welcomed addition of permanence to the living or bedroom area afterwards. Note: This can also be created by placing tree next to a glass door or floor to ceiling window (as in condos.)

Decorate a Children’s Tree

Using their personal favorite theme, decorate a small tree for the children in the house and place in their bedroom or play area.

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Add Glitter!

Throughout your home, add glitter to anything! Deck the halls! The nooks and crannies! A little touch here and there will create festive and joyful emotions for all who enter!

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Safety First Last, but most important! Throughout the holiday season, remember safety first. Don’t overload outlets and create a possible hazard for your family.

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by Destiny Brown Get into the holiday spirit with Bellingrath Garden’s Magic Christmas in Lights. For the Christmas season, the 65-acre garden is lit with three million lights, 1,100 set pieces in 15 scenes that range from Underwater to Candy Land. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. “This is a light show that has been specifically designed for the gardens,” said Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive

Director of Bellingrath Gardens. “It is fabricated by our maintenance staff and then we have a light crew that works on the show during the entire year.” Magic Christmas in Lights takes you on a two-mile stroll through the lit gardens. All of the set pieces are hand-made and installed by Bellingrath’s staff. “One of our scenes is the Emerald Forest. It’s a series of blue and green and teal lights in the live oaks. We have an underwater garden theme with all the critters that would be in this part of the country and it feels


What: Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens Where: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL Cost: $15 for Adults, $7.50 for Children 5-12 Hours: Runs through New Year’s Day. Closed on Christmas Day. Gardens are open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Light show begins at 5 p.m.

like you’re walking underwater. "We have some children’s themes like Candy Land and Toy Land and The North Pole where we have polar bear lights with the Coca Cola theme. “It’s a fairy land. A wonderful adventure. There’s such a diversity that it can please a wide variety of people from grandparents to grandchildren.” It takes a little over an hour to stroll through the gardens. Wagons for children and wheelchairs are also available for rent. There is a snack bar located in the center of the garden

to get your hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies. “Depending on the evening, we have musical performances by various local groups, church choirs and more,” Barrick said. “One night we’ll have singers from Mobile Opera. The list will be published on the website.” The cafeteria will be open during the holiday season and the menu is published on the website at bellingrath.org. Magic Christmas in Lights, which made USA Today’s 2014 list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,”

and American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events of 2016”is a family-friendly event for all ages to get everyone into the holiday spirit. After touring the lights, guests may have photos taken with Santa and find that perfect holiday present in the popular Bellingrath Gift Shop. “You won’t see this light show anywhere in America,” Barrick said. “I encourage people to come because it’s a great holidays experience. It’s becoming a family tradition now and it’s a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your family. Come early and come often!” December 2016 ● Beachin’ 21


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BEACH ART

Kerry Parks & Dan Rush

Glassblowers

“Glass shops in the southeast are few and far between,” Parks said. “Dan and I are very lucky. We teach classes, we do production work with our own techniques and try new things all the time. We have fun.”

by Destiny Brown Dan Rush and Kerry Parks are rooted at the Coastal Arts Center. Dan Rush has been volunteering at the Coastal Arts Center for three years, and Parks has been at the Coastal Arts Center since 2013 and began full-time last year. Parks has been a part of the Gulf Coast for 17 years and says she was lucky to get this job. “Glass shops in the southeast are few and far between,” Parks said. “Dan and I are very lucky. We teach classes, we do production work with our own techniques and try new things all the time. We have fun.” The glassblowers teach many classes throughout the week, sell their art in the gallery and host field trips. They think it’s special to see the children’s reaction to the technique. “We do a lot of field trips for the kids and they are such a fun class,” Parks said. “They’re excited and inspired and seeing it for the first time, they’re mesmerized. It’s cool to share with little children and they think it’s such a cool thing.” Each artist uses different techniques and have different favorites when it comes to the colors they use. Throughout the shop, you’ll find a variety of pieces the artists have designed and completed for sale. “I’m a fan of bright colors,” Rush said. “All art, whether your painting or glass blowing, draws light and glass is such a great medium for that because the light bounces off of it, and can reflect it and the light and the colors play off each other.” Rush enjoys working with many colors together. Parks leads more towards a green and blue palette while creating her work. “Eighty percent of my work is all blues and greens and I think it’s from living on the Gulf,” Parks said. “Oddly enough, all the things I make live in the Gulf like turtles, jellyfish, dolphins, tentacles and mermaids. My favorite colors are the water so that’s what I make when I have time to do my own 24 Beachin’ ● December 2016

thing.” The pair recently completed two major projects within the city of Gulf Shores. “Recently, we did a big project that we spent all summer on for the Gulf Shores Welcome Center,” Parks said. “It’s 39 big spin out plate pieces that are on the walls where a lot of light comes through. We did all shades of blue, like the water and in the shape of the wave. We started with the dark cobalt and then the marine turquoise all the way to white. It took a long time and a lot of planning and designing and it worked well.” “We did about 50 so we could get the perfect 39,” Rush added. For Big Beach Brewing, the duo made four glass beer tabs that resemble a tentacle, a mermaid tail, a jellyfish and a crab claw. “I had never done those before so it was cool to figure out how to do it, but it was tedious to figure it out.” Parks said. “I didn’t get them all on the first try, I had to make several.” The process of glass blowing begins with a 2,080-degree furnace that is filled with molten glass. Parks calls the furnace “the heart of the gallery.” A stainless steel rod is then used to gather the glass from the furnace like honey from a jar. “We start with introducing a bubble to the glass and from there you can add your colors, then “frit” ( fresh cut glass in different sizes and colors,)” Parks said. The glass is then reheated to make any changes, and slowly cooled. “You can blow glass, sculpt glass, we do lamp working classes and use a torch, there’s a lot of things you can do,” Rush said, “It makes it fun because there’s so much to learn about glass itself and how to work with it. It’s a huge field. It’s a teamwork thing. There’s very little you can do by yourself.” Check out The Hot Shop at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. Make your own Christmas themed glass pieces or Christmas Ornaments for the holidays!


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It was a beau�ful summer morning when we le� Fairhope, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky. We were on our way down to Orange Beach to check out a business that many of our friends have told us about, this Englishman who had opened a Hair Salon on the beach with his daughter Emma. My hair is very important to me and ge�ng a good haircut is a must, and that is what Anthony Jones is known for and excellent hair color to boot. We have both been very dissa�sfied with the last few a�empts on designing our hair to suit our lifestyles; most of the so called stylists did not take into considera�on our age or understand that we both want to look great without a lot of fuss and bother. The traffic was a bit heavy due to the summer visitors, but we arrived on �me to this charming yellow and white beach house on the beach road with a fabulous view of the Gulf of Mexico. We were greeted warmly by Anthony and Emma and they ask us if we would like a cold drink or a glass of wine before he started making us beau�ful. Pam, my friend, went first since I was a li�le chicken a�er the last experiences. Anthony directed her to a styling chair and went on to explain the ten most important rules in designing a custom hairstyle to suit her. He first looked at her face shape and explained that there are five face shapes out there and told her her face shape was oval. The next was bone structure and head shape, a�er that was the type of her hair, the texture of her hair, then what sort of condi�on her hair was in, followed by the way the hair grows out of the head, plus cow licks, then her likes and dislikes and fashion. Wow! What a lot of things to get right. So then Emma started with a relaxing shampoo and deep condi�oning, then for the next 30 minutes Anthony’s hands were a sea of mo�on, lastly a quick blow dry with hardly any fuss and presto she was finished! She was so happy and she could not believe the difference in her hair. Now it was my turn, my hair especially in the summer gets 26 Beachin’ ● December 2016

very frizzy and dry; I have tried everything out there for my hair with no success! Anthony explained that commercial hair products are made different to professional hair products. Commercial shampoos are made of mild detergent and the condi�oners are based on petroleum oil. Where professional hair products are pure and natural and give back to the hair, he also went on to say that we should all wash our hair every day and condi�on our hair the same. Anthony explained that at all �mes our hair has to have at least 8% moisture in it the same as our skin, we should treat our hair the same way as we treat our skin, by moisturizing it every day which made a lot of sense to me, since the last stylist told me not to wash my hair every day because in her mind it would dry it out. Anthony explained to me that yes using some drug store products would dry your hair out if washed daily. A�er we went through the ten rules, he took me to the shampoo area and treated me to the best shampoo and condi�oning my hair had ever had. While shampooing, Emma explained to me what I should do in the morning in the shower, again stressing no over-thecounter hair products, that’s why my hair is dry and frizzy. A�er shampooing and before condi�oning, towel blot the hair because the hair is porous like a sponge, pu�ng any condi�oner on one’s hair when it is full of water will not go into the hair itself, so blot it first then apply the product and leave it in while you are washing yourself. Then before you leave the shower, rinse and count up to 10 slowly and stop, just rinse the excess and no more. A�er she explained to me the hows & whys, I understood. They are like hair doctors, if we listen and do what they says it works! Anthony has his own line of products and everything he used on me was his and believe me the stuff works. The cut he gave me was wonderful; I walked out a new woman and so did Pam, no more frizzes! Oh, by the way he used a great product before he dried my hair called “POTION.” It is a gel with a lot of healing features with body, fabulous! I bought a bo�le. Best money we ever spent and yes, we are definitely going back. He is a true professional.

Well worth a visit!

Anthony’s salon is at 23175 Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach & their phone number is 251.974.1514. Please say we sent you! www.anthonyjonesinc.net


Welcome to the Beach

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. Tents (no larger than a 10x10 ft.) are allowed on the beach, but they have to be placed behind (North of) the designated sign marker post and should be removed before night. Tents cannot be placed between the sign post and the Gulf of Mexico. This is for designated emergency and safety access.

BEACH FLAG WARNING SYSTEM

2. Pets are not allowed on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico or surrounding islands (Robinson, Bird, Walker). However they are allowed at the designated city Dog Park on Canal Rd. (Hwy 180) next to Sportsman Marina. All dogs should remain on a leash within the city limits.

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3. Glass in any form (bottle, cup, container, etc.) is strictly prohibited on our beaches and islands.

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4. A yellow or green flag posted along gulf beaches means to use caution while swimming in the gulf waters and is permitted. A red flag means danger and one should not swim in the waters.

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Medium Hazard (light surf and or currents)

Low Hazard (calm conditions) High Hazard (rough conditions, such as strong surf and or conditions)

Double red flags mean that swimming in the waters is prohibited by law. Water Closed to Public Use

Purple means WARNING! A jellyfish or other marine threat. 5. All trails and parks are free and open from daylight to dusk 7 days a week. 6. Fires or flames are strictly prohibited on the beach. This includes grills, tiki-torches, lanterns, open fire pits, candles, fireworks, etc. 7. Jet skis, boats, and any other motorized vessels, are prohibited from launching along the gulf front beaches.

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Wheel-Throwing $65/hr Hand-building $50/hr Pick-n-Paint $20-$25 Artist’s original clay pottery for sale.

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At the beach Ava Sobieczek, Blitz Poston and Ashley Poston enjoying the Coastal Alabama Buisiness Chamber First Friday Forum (photo by John Mullen)

Brittnay Robinson and Natalie Upton greet visitors of the Oyster Cook-off at the Half Shell Oyster House tent (photo by John Mullen)

Jamelle Richardson at the Hangout Oyster Cook-off (photo by John Mullen) Monica Shelton and Carolyn Bauer enjoy a brew at Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores (photo by John Mullen)

SUBMIT YOUR OWN MONTH AT THE BEACH PHOTOS TO DESTINY@GULFCOASTMEDIA.COM. December 2016 ● Beachin’ 31


Karaoke FOLEY American Legion Post 99 Friday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. Gelato Joe’s Monday at 7 p.m. Good Time Charlie’s Tuesday at 10 p.m. The Office Lounge Wednesday at 8 p.m. FT. MORGAN Behind The Pines Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tacky Jacks Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. GULF SHORES Pink Pony Pub every night at 7 p.m. Tacky Jacks Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Mudbugs Thu, Fri,Sat at 8 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Undertow Wed - Fri at 9:30 p.m.

Open Mic FOLEY American Legion Post 99 Friday and Sunday at 6 p.m Moe’s Original Bar B Que Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Office Lounge Tuesday at 6 p.m. GULF SHORES ByWater Bistro Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tacky Jacks Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Ginny Lanes Monday at 6 p.m. Live Bait Monday at 8 p.m. PERDIDO KEY Flora-Bama Monday at 6 p.m.

live local music THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Adam Holt Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Lefty Collins Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Light Travelers Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Greg Brown ORANGE BEACH

Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SILVERHILL

Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm Grayson Capps, Edward David Anderson, Spencer Bohrenjon, Jon Cook, Corky Hughes

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 GULF SHORES 32 Beachin’ ● December 2016

LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Albert Simpson Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Greg Brown ORANGE BEACH

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 GULF SHORES

Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

ORANGE BEACH

Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm Frog Pond Christmas Party with Oh, Jeremiah and The Mulligan Brothers

LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

SILVERHILL

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Jimmy Lumpkin Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 GULF SHORES

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

ORANGE BEACH

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Albert Simpson Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

LuLu’s Jon Cowart Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey


ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Adam Holt Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Lefty Collins Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s 3 Bean Soup Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Greg Brown ORANGE BEACH

Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SILVERHILL

Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm Grayson Capps, Papa Mali, Andrew Duhon, Chris Mule, Corky Hughes MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

‹BRENT BURNS › WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Justin Yawns Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Adam Holt Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s JERI Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s CLOSED Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s CLOSED

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ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

SILVERHILL

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 GULF SHORES

Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm Grayson Capps, Papa Mali, Andrew Duhon, Chris Mule, Corky Hughes MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 GULF SHORES

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 GULF SHORES

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 GULF SHORES

ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 GULF SHORES

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ORANGE BEACH

LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey

LuLu’s Jimmy Lumpkin Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey

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LuLu’s Adam Holt Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey

LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH

LuLu’s Grits N Pieces Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 GULF SHORES

LuLu’s Pelican 212 Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH

Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee


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Beach Happenings Trivia

FOLEY Moe’s Original Bar B Que Thursdays at 7 p.m. GULF SHORES The Hangout Wednesdays at noon at 5 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Tacky Jacks Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Bingo

FOLEY American Legion Post 99 Wednesday at 10 a.m. Moe’s Original Bar B Que Wednesdays at 7 p.m. GULF SHORES American Legion Post 44 Monday at 6 p.m. Tacky Jacks Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Hangout Thursday noon-5 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Flora-Bama Weekdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tacky Jacks Wednesday at 6 p.m.

NOV. 25 – DEC. 31 BELLINGRATH’S ANNUAL MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS ‹12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore›

Closed December 25 Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast. Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 1,000 custom designed set pieces in 14 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. Extended hours to 9:00 PM. Photos with Santa on weekends and the week of Christmas. Complete your holiday shopping in the beautiful Bellingrath Gift Shop! PHONE: (251) 973-2217 WEBSITE: www.bellingrath.org

NOV. 25 - DEC. 31 LIVE ANIMALS IN SANTA’S VILLAGE ‹The Wharf, Orange Beach ›

Bring the family out to enjoy a petting zoo, kids activities, camel rides and pony rides in Santa’s Village. Thursdays & Fridays: 4-10 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays: noon-10 p.m. Entry (includes petting zoo & bouncy houses): $5; Camel Ride: $5; Pony Ride: $5; Combo (includes entry, pony & camel rides): $12

NOV. 18 - JAN. 14 ICE SKATING AT THE WHARF

Mon-Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat and Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Break (Dec. 17-Jan.3) 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Lace ‘em up and come skate through a winter wonderland at The Wharf this holiday season! $10 to skate (including skate rental), $13 for skating and ferris wheel combo, $80 frequent skater pass (10 skates), $3 for a pair of socks

NOV. 18 – JAN. 14 HOLIDAY SPECTRA ‹Main Street›

A special production of the SPECTRA sound & light spectacular will be performed each night at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. down Main Street.

DEC. 2, 9, 16 TRIM-A-TREE ‹Tanger Outlet Suite 230, 2601 S McKenzie St Foley AL 36535› foleyartcenter.com/time-a-tree/

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Local Artists and craftsmen have created quality, unique one-of-a-kind ornaments, decorations, floral’s, pottery, jewelry, and fine artwork to be sold on consignment. Sponsored by the Foley Art Center. Open Daily through December 21st.

DEC. 2, 3, 9 AND 10 ELF THE MUSICAL JR. ‹South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores›

7:30 -9:30 p.m. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

DEC. 2, 9, 16, 23 PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT THE WHARF ‹The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main St. Orange Beach›

3-7 p.m. Have your photo taken with Santa each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 18 - December 23. Enjoy photos with Santa while he takes up residence at The Wharf. WEBSITE: http://www.alwharf.com

DEC. 2 10TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE ISLANDS ‹Orange Beach Event Center, 4671 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach›

6 p.m.-midnight Tickets are $60 per person. Reserved seating for tables of 10 is available for $600. The Mystical Order of Mirams will host the 10th Annual Taste of the Islands at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. This year, the culinary extravaganza will host over 35 restaurants from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and surrounding areas during the all-inclusive holiday gala, which will consist of food samplings, cocktails, musical entertainment and a silent auction. This spectacular event will benefit Toys for Tots. Please


bring an unwrapped toy for local children in need. The Mirams are especially excited to bring you great entertainment this year with The Remedies from Nashville. The Remedies will keep you dancing throughout the night and will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Reserved tables are limited and book up quickly, so get yours now from any Miram or by visiting the website.

FOLEY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK ‹Heritage Park 101 E Laurel Ave. Foley AL 36535›

6-8 p.m. 251-943-1300 Located in Heritage Park beginning at 6 pm. Come out to hear Christmas carols, enjoy the lighting of the Christmas Tree and the beautiful Christmas lights throughout downtown Foley. Stay and visit with Santa or ride the Ebert Express. Free cocoa and snacks for everyone! Don’t forget to enter our tree decorating contest.

DEC. 3 FOLEY’S ANNUAL LET IT SNOW ‹Heritage Park 101 E Laurel Ave. Foley›

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring your mittens to Heritage Park beginning at 11:00 a.m. directly following the Christmas Parade. Come out to hear live musical performances, listen to Mrs. Claus tell stories, make arts and crafts in the Children’s Art Village, and of course play in the SNOW! Concessions are sold on site.

FOLEY KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARADE ‹downtown Foley› 10 a.m.

DEC. 4 GULF SHORES CHRISTMAS PARADE

6:30- 9 p.m. The 5th Annual City of Gulf Shores Christmas Parade will be held on the First Friday of December. The parade will start at Club House Dr. on Hwy. 59, head south, and end at the Gulf Shore Public Beach. The parade will start at 6:30pm.  Registration is available now by contacting Candice Carraway at (251) 968-1173 or ccarraway@gulfshoresal. Gov.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ‹The Wharf, Orange Beach›

12-6 p.m. The Gift Wrapping Headquarters will be open 1-6 p.m. Other activities will include face painting, $1 off ice skating, deal guides, Christmas ornament decorating at Villaggio Grille, and more.

‹ICE SKATING AT THE WHARF› DEC. 9 AND DEC. 10 5TH ANNUAL MERRY MARKET ‹Orange Beach Event Center, The Wharf ›

DEC. 31 REELIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE WHARF

DEC. 10 CHRISTMAS LIGHTED BOAT PARADE ‹Begins at LuLu’s and ends at Cobalts›

NOON YEAR’S EVE ‹LuLu’s in Gulf Shores›

Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 5th Annual Merry Market, Unique Gifts, Arts And Crafts Expo. Admission is free and it’s open to the public. Register for daily door prize drawings. Live remote broadcast with Sunny 105.7 FM on Friday 10-noon.

5:30 p.m. The 31st Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place. To enter your boat in the parade please complete the form below. There will be a mandatory captain’s meeting 6:00 pm Friday, December 9th @ LuLu’s . Don’t have a boat? Charter boats are available to host your group. This makes for a great office or company holiday party. Call 251-968-2300 for more information.  If you have any questions please email Suzette Mimms at suzette@ mygulfcoastchamber.com.

BILLY CLAUS AT LULU’S ‹LuLu’s, Gulf Shores ›

2 p.m. Poor Billy Claus is allergic to snow! So what better place for him to come and celebrate the holidays but LuLu’s? Come enjoy as this delightful children’s book, written by Lucy Buffett, comes to life. Enjoy a full day of arts & crafts, live music and get your picture taken with Billy Claus and his LuLuBelle’s. Make sure to leave Billy your Christmas list so that he can personally deliver it to his brother Santa Claus.

DEC. 17 AND 18 SAIL WITH SANTA AT WILD HEARTS ‹Located across from Perdido Beach Resort (27200 Perdido Beach Blvd.)›

2-3:30 p.m. $25 per adult, $15 per child Photos with Santa, cookies and holiday beverages. Get in the holiday spirit with Santa and his elves aboard!

Kids activities begin at 5 p.m. and will include bouncy houses, rock climbing wall, face painting, mechanical bull and more. Southbound Crescent Band on the Main Stage, 7-9 p.m. Fountain City Players on the Main Stage, 9 p.m. -midnight Fireworks and the Marlin Drop at midnight.

10 a.m. Think your year couldn’t possibly get any better, just wait and see what LuLu’s has in store to help you end the year with a bang. LuLu’s Annual Noon Year’s Eve party is pure excitement around every corner. There will be delicious food, sandcastle building contest, arts & crafts, live kid friendly music, zoo animals, face painting. Count down to noon with kid-friendly fireworks and a huge beach ball drop.  

JAN. 1 FLORA-BAMA POLAR BEAR DIP

Noon Join in the fun by starting the New Year with a plunge in the Gulf with hundreds of other revelers for the 32nd year of this event. Plungers get free beer and a buffet with blackeyed peas and other traditional New Year’s Day fare.  

JAN. 1 GULF SHORES KIWANIS CLUB POLAR BEAR DIP ‹Hangout› Noon This is the sixth year for the plunge in Gulf Shores. T-Shirt sales benefit the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics. After dipping the Hangout will provide the plungers with chili to warm them back up.

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hooked Barrelfish

on fishin with Phil Dortch

Moonfish

2016 Highlights

The 2016 fishing season has almost come to an end. The highlight of the year was the 65-day Red snapper season for Alabama state waters. This allowed inshore charter fisherman and recreational fisherman an opportunity to harvest some good catches over the summer since federal waters were only open 10 days for snapper. The highlight for December, especially for kids, is Christmas which is always full of surprises. Not to be outdone, the Gulf offers a variety of surprises in the fish that are rarely seen. Three of these are the moonfish, tilefish and barrelfish.

MOONFISH

While fishing around the nearshore rigs, we spotted large schools of oddlooking silvery flat fish. We were actually trolling for kings and Spanish mackerel when we hooked a moonfish. At first, it appeared to be a lookdown fish but the profile of the face was a dead giveaway. The moonfish are said to be edible but it takes some work to get a decent size filet off such a thin fish.

BARRELFISH

The barrelfish was caught while deep drop fishing on the Red Eye Charter boat with Capt. Gary Bryant.

Tilefish

Deep drop fishing has become quite popular with some of the offshore charter boats. The technical name is “Hyperoglyphe perciformis.” They are usually caught using electric reels in water thousands of feet deep. The barrelfish makes excellent eating with its white, firm, flakey meat.

TILEFISH

The tilefish, another highly sought after fish is also caught using the deep drop fishing method in thousands of feet of water. This Tilefish was also caught on the Red Eye Charter boat with Capt. Gary. The Tilefish is excellent to eat.

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dining

guide in this issue Featuring Chef Brody Olive of Voyagers

- Tacky Jacks - Papa Roccos - Ruby Slipper - Desoto’s Restaurant - Gulf Shores Steamer

- Fish River Grill - Bill’s by the Beach - Benedetto’s Italian Ristorante - Cayman Grill - LuLu’s - Voyagers

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Tacky Jacks Mexican Garbage Nachos Peel & Eat Shrimp

Gator Bites

Crawfish Tails

Crab Claws

Crisp Luau Pork Bites “ Wangs”

Chicken Strips Smoked Tuna Dip

Fried Pickles

Fried Green Tomato Fries

Shrimp PoBoy

Oyster Po Boy

Firecracker Shrimp Po Boy

Crawfish PoBoy

Flaky Fish PoBoy

Chicken PoBoy

Philly Cheese Steak Chicken and Shrimp Wraps Fish Tacos

“Tacky Shrimp” Firecracker Shrimp

Oyster Platter

Ahi Tuna Platter

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Cheese Grits

Grilled Mahi Mahi Crab Cake Dinner Gulf Grouper Platter

Gulf Grouper Samich

Jacks Half Pound Hand Pattied Burgers

Flaky Fish Platter Shrimp Platter

Grilled Tuna Samich

Shrimp Platters

Royal Reds

Steamed Royal Reds

Fried Seafood Tri o Platter Ribeye Steak Platter Combo Platters

Seafood Salad’ Taco Salad Seared Tuna Salad Jacks House Salad Chicken Tender Salad Seafood Gumbo

Famous Tacky Jacks Farmer’s Omelet Build Your Own Omelet Hash & Eggs

Shrimp Omelet Sunrise Egg Platter

Pork Chop & Egg Platter Breakfast Sandwich Shrimp & Cheese Grits

Breakfast Burritos

Belgian Waffle

French Toast

Wheel House Pancakes

Biscuits & Gravy

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Orders To Go: CALL 251-948-7262 or 251-948-6529 Highway 59, Gulf Shores 1/2 Mi. North of the Beach • Live Entertainment 7 nights a week NEVER A COVER CHARGE! • Full Menu until Midnight • Lunch Specials Daily M-F 11-2 • Happy Hour 11-7 Mon.-Fri.

• Appetizers • Steamed Seafood • Award-winning Pizza Specialty Pizzas • Pasta • Oysters: Suck ‘em down RAW on the Half Shell or

Steam ‘em up with a ‘lil drawn butter & lemon • Award-Winning Oyster Specialties: • Hot Shucks Cajun • Baked • Alfredo • Rockyfeller • Parmesan • Fiesta 42 Beachin’ ● December 2016

www.paparocco.com

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14” LARGE

14” LARGE

$15.25 ...............$18.25

14” LARGE

★ Consuming raw or undercooked Animal Proteins (meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of Foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Shrimp Pizza • All Meat Pizza • Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Spinach Alfredo Pizza • Chicken Club Pizza • Buffalo Chicken Pizza

10” SMALL

(Mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black & green olives, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese)

Vegetarian Style...................................$10.95 ...............................................$14.95

(Artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, feta cheese, mozzarella & pesto)

Artichoke, Sun-dried Tomato................$16.25 ...............................................$19.25

(Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, onions & broccoli)

Seafood Primavera Pizza.....................$16.25 ................................................$19.25

(Whole slice tomato, bacon, feta, onion and pesto)

Flying Tomato......................................$16.95 ...............................................$19.95

10” SMALL

Papa’s Specialty Pizza

Add Shrimp:........................................$ 2.75 ..................................................$3.75

(Pepperoni, onions, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, beef, ham, black & green olives)

Price Buster Pizza..............................$12.95 .................................................$16.96

(Pepperoni, onions, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms)

Papa Delux Pizza................................$10.95.................................................$14.95

Pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, beef, black or green olive, ham, hot pepper rings, anchovies, extra cheese, fresh tomatoes, bacon, sauerkraut, Canadian Bacon, pineapple, French and ranch dressing.

Our Great Cheese Pizza........................$6.95 ...................................................$9.95 Each Item.............................................$1.30...................................................$1.65

10” SMALL

Papa’s Pizza

Snow Crab (1.5 lb.) ........................................................................................$23.50 Royal Reds (1 lb. seasonal)........................................................................... $18.75 Combo Reds & Crabs (2 lbs) .........................................................................$25.50

SERVED WITH GARLIC BREAD AND COLESLAW

Papa’s Steamed Specials

Caesar Salad..................................Side $5.95 Dinner ..........................$6.95 add Chicken $1.95 add Shrimp $2.95 Spinach Artichoke Dip ......................................................................................$8.75 Stuffed Mushrooms (3) ....................................................................................$8.95 Oysters Picard (3).............................................................................................$9.95 Garlic Bread (2) $2.75..........Cheese Bread (2) $3.50 ..... Add Marinara Sauce $.75 Boil Shrimp Small (6oz.) $8.25 Large (12 oz.) $13.75 Papa’s Wings With Ranch Dressing (6) $6.50.....................(12) $9.50(25) $16.75 Potato Skins (Choose any three toppings) ......................................................$9.95 Combo Platter: 3 Wings, 2 Stuffed Mushrooms, 3 Skins ................................ $11.50 Nachos -- Best In Town Round 1: Cheese ..............................................................................................$5.95 Round 2: Chili & Cheese ..................................................................................$7.95 Round 3: Chili, Cheese, Black Olives, Onions & Green Pepper..........................$8.95

Rocco’s Appetizers

Italian Garden Salad ........................................................................................$4.75

for complete menu details

www.paparocco.com

Cajun Oysters (Whooee!) Oysters Alfredo Oysters Fiesta

* TO GO ORDERS WELCOME *

Hot Shucks (The Heat is On) Baked Oysters Oysters Rockyfeller Oyster Parmesan

★ Oyster Specialties ★

Oysters

All oysters @ market price Suck em down RAW on the Half Shell..............1/2 doz or dozen Steam em up w/a lil drawn butter & lemon.....1/2 doz or dozen

add Meatballs ............................$1.50 add Sausage ............................. $1.50 add Meatballs & Sausage ..........$3.00

Served With Garlic Bread Seafood Pasta .............................. $13.95 Fettuccine Alfredo.................... $8.95 Baked Ravioli ............................... $11.95 Chicken Alfredo ..................... $11.95 Manicotti ...................................... $11.95 wShrimp Alfredo .................... $13.95 substitute Alfredo Sauce .... $2.00 Lasagna (Papa’s Favorite) ..... $12.95 Italian Combo Dinner.................... $14.75 Spaghetti................................. $7.95

Mama’s Italian Specialties

Papa’s Specialties

Who’s Your Daddy Burger! Try it we DARE YOU! ............................................. $15.95 Rocky’s Knock Out Burger........ $8.95 Ultimate Chicken Sandwich ............ $9.95 Add Bacon .................................1.00 Grilled Chicken Sandwich ............... $8.95 Add Bleu Cheese Crumbles ........ 75¢ Reuben ......................................... $10.25 Alpine Burger.......................... $ 9.95 Hot Dog .......................................... $4.25 Patty Melt ............................. $ 10.95 Coney Island Chili Dog.................... $5.95 Meatball Sandwich ................. $ 8.95 Baked French Onion Sou ................ $6.50 Italian Sausage Sandwich....... $ 8.95 Bowl Chili ....................................... $5.50 French Dip .............................. $ 8.95 Baked Chili ..................................... $6.75 Philly Cheese Steak ................ $ 9.95 BLT .................................................$6.25 Papa’s Prime Steak Sandwich $11.95


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Voted “People’s Choice” “mustA-visit” Since 2004

•Best Lunch • Best Dinner • Best Seafood also been voted • Friendliest Staff

while in Gulf Shor es

C Casual l family f il atmosphere t h Reasonable prices • Senior menu available

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138 West 1st Ave • Gulf Shores • 251-948-7294

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138 West 1st Ave Gulf Shores, AL

251-948-7294

www.Desotosseafoodkitchen.com

Seafood Kitchen SALA SA LA AD D SALADS Dressings: Honey-Mustard, Ranch, Bleu

Lunch L hM Menu

HOME-STYLE LUNCH SPECIALS

(Served with your choice of two side dishes) Saturday & Sunday - Add $1.00

Fried Shrimp - tail less Blackened Catfish Fried Catfish Broiled Flounder Fried Flounder Grilled Chicken Chicken Creole Fried Chicken Tenders Country Fried Steak Hamburger Steak Pork Chops Country Ham Vegetable Plate SANDWICHES

7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99

(Served with french fries)

Complimentary Ice Tea and Bread Served with All Dine in Lunch Entrees. Add House or Substitute Salad for side dish 1.99 Po-Boy Sandwich 10.99 Cheeseburger 7.99 Crab Cake Po-Boy 11.99 *Monte Cristo Sandwich 8.99

STARTERS Oysters on the Half Shell 1/2 dozen 8.99................1 dozen 16.99 Southern Style Crab Cakes 12.99 Shrimp Remoulade 8.99 Crab, Spinach & Artichoke Dip 9.99 Coconut Shrimp 8.99 Stuffed Mushrooms 8.99 Alligator Bites 8.99 Fried Crab Claws 1/2 lb........17.99 1 lb........29.99 Tuna Dip 9.99 Sweet Potato French Fry Basket 9.99 Fried Green Tomatoes 6.99 GUMBO & SOUP Seafood Gumbo cup....4.75 bowl....6.49 Crab & Shrimp Bisque cup....5.25 bowl....7.99 FRIED SEAFOOD FAVORITES (Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Riviera Salad 7.25 - with pecan chicken tenders 9.99 - with chicken tenders 8.99 - with boiled shrimp 9.99 - with grilled or blackened chicken 8.99 Caesar Salad 7.25 - w/grilled or blackened chicken 8.99 - w/boiled shrimp 9.99 Gumbo & Salad - a cup of Seafood Gumbo and our 7.99 Bisque & Salad 8.50 SEAFOOD FAVORITES (Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Add House or Caesar Salad Substitute Salad for side dish Fried Butterfly Shrimp Fried Oysters Fried Crab Claws *Coconut Shrimp Grilled Shrimp Fried Seafood Platter

3.25 1.99 11.99 14.99 16.99 12.99 11.99 15.99

SEAFOOD PLATTERS

Dinner Menu

Butterfly Shrimp Tail-less Shrimp Bon Secour Oysters Crab Claws Fried Fish of the Day Shrimp & Flounder Shrimp & Oysters Fried Catfish

Cheese, Italian, Thousand Island, French, Low-Fat Ranch, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinegar, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Sesame Asian, Oil & Vinegar

16.99 14.99 18.99 20.99 17.99 17.99 18.99 15.99

(Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Shrimp Lover’s Platter Fried Seafood Platter Broiled Seafood Platter Creole Platter Caribbean Platter Crab Platter SEAFOOD SPECIALTIES

17.99 18.99 16.99 18.99 18.99 23.99

Stuffed Shrimp Shrimp Scampi Blackened Catfish Coconut Shrimp Grilled Shrimp Shrimp Creole Crawfish Etoufee Crab Cake Dinner STEAMED SEAFOOD

17.99 18.99 17.99 16.99 17.99 17.99 17.99 17.99

(Served with your choice of two side dishes)

(Served with new potatoes & one side)

Snow Crab Legs - 2 lbs. 29.99 Royal Red Shrimp - 1 lb. 28.99 Combo - 1/2 pound Royal Reds & 1 pound Snow Crab 27.99 TONIGHT’S CATCH (Served with your choice of two side dishes) Choose from the following preparation styles:

Fried Catch Blackened Catch Grilled Catch Broiled Catch

17.99 17.99 17.99 17.99

Broiled Seafood Platter 14.99 Stuffed Shrimp 12.99 Mahi-Mahi 11.99 Yellow-Fin Tuna 11.99 Tilapia 9.99 Grouper 12.99 Snow Crab Legs 16.99 Royal Reds - 3/4 lb. 16.99 Combo - 1/2 lb. Each 18.99 Crab Cakes - 2 cakes 13.99 PASTA Fettuccini Alfredo 10.99 - w\grilled or blackened chicken 11.99 - with shrimp or crawfish 13.99 Basil Pesto Pasta - with Roma Tomatoes 10.99 - with grilled chicken 11.99 - with shrimp 13.99 SIDE DISHES Fried Green Tomatoes ~ Green Beans Turnip Greens ~Sweet Potato Casserole Corn Fritters ~ French Fries Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy ~ Fried Okra Au Gratin Potatoes ~ Steamed Veggies Kernel Corn ~ Yellow Rice Black-Eyed Peas ~ Cole Slaw Lima Beans ~ Macaroni & Cheese

New Orleans Catch Mediterranean Catch Caribbean Catch *Pecan Encrusted Catch *Paneed Catch LAND LOVER’S FARE

22.99 22.99 18.99 21.99 22.99

(Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Hawaiian Rib-eye - (12 oz.) 22.99 - add jumbo grilled or fried shrimp add $5.00 Jamaica-Jerk Chicken 15.99 Grilled Chicken Breasts 15.99 Fried Chicken Tenders 15.99 PASTA Fettuccini Alfredo 14.99 - with grilled or blackened chicken 17.99 - with shrimp or crawfish 19.99 Scallops Alfredo 18.99 Shrimp & Pasta Marsala 21.99 Basil-Pesto Pasta 15.99 - with grilled chicken 18.99 - with shrimp 18.99 SIDE DISHES Substitute House or Caesar Salad for a Side Dish - Add $1.99 Sweet Potato Casserole ~ Cole Slaw Baked Potato ~ Steamed Vegetables Yellow Rice ~ French Fries Fried Green Tomatoes

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10 Items Under $10!!!

Voted Top Ten Seafood Restaurant In USA

By Coastal Living

“The Best Steamed Seafood Available” SINCE 1989 www.GulfShoresSteamer.com

251.948.6344

Located at 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. #115, Orange Beach, AL in SanRoc Cay

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Appetizer Selection

*Steamed Oysters, *Raw Oysters Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Corn Chowder or Spicy Cajun Jambalaya Steamed Royal Red Shrimp Fresh Steamed Mussels Smoked Tuna or Shrimp Dip Blue Crab Claws Crab Cakes • Shrimp Skewer

Salads Shrimp Salad • Cobb Salad

Sandwiches

Served with chips and all the fixin’s *Hot & Juicy Hamburger *Tuna Sandwich Chicken Sandwich Hot Dog Grilled PoBoy’s *Steak Sandwich Crab Delight Grilled Cheese

Land Lover’s

Served with corn, potato and cole slaw *Filet Mignon *Ribeye Steak Grilled Chicken Garden Steamer

251.948.6344

27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. #115, Orange Beach, AL in SanRoc Cay www.GulfShoresSteamer.com

Gettin’ Steamed Platters

“VOTED BEST VALUE” All Platters & Combos Are Served with corn, Potato and Cole Slaw Bay Steamer Ocean Steamer Small Steamer

Crawling Combos Royal Red Shrimp Alaskan Snow Crab Shrimp & Crab Combo *Shrimp & Oysters The Crab Bowl “Bucket O’ Reds”

Desserts

Key Lime Pie French Silk Chocolate Pie New York Style Cheesecake

A la Carte

Shrimp Skewer Snow Crab Cluster Lobster Tail

Sides

Cole Slaw, Corn or New Potatoes Cauliflower or Broccoli

Beverages

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Vault, Lemonade, Iced Tea

Fresh Fish Selection

Served with corn, potato and cole slaw Extra For Blackened Seasoning Red Fish, Mahi-Mahi, Tilapia, Whitefish or Our Fresh Catch *Yellowfin Tuna Crab Cakes Stuffed Fish

The “Little Shrimp” Selection Served with Chips 4 Oz. Burger • Hot Dog Grilled Chicken Fingers Grilled Cheese • (2)PB & J

Wines

By The Glass, By The Bottle, Premium Bottle

Merlot, White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Grigio

Beer

Domestic Bottle Premium Bottle Domestic Draft By The Glass Premium Draft By The Glass Domestic Pitcher Premium Pitcher

Frozen Daiquiri

Strawberry, Pina Colada, Banana, Peach, Tequila sunrise, Margarita, Amaretto Orange Blossom, (Non-Alcoholic Daiquiri)

*All Prices Are Subject To Change Without Notice Due to Market and Availability* We Serve Our Food Hot & Fresh, So Please Allow Time For A Quality Product

Consumer Information: consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions, such as chronic illness of the liver or blood, or have immune disorders.

*Cooked To Order Items are Identified by Asterisks.

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“HOME OF THE ORIGINAL”

Fish River Grill #3

Fish River Grill #2

(Next to Rouses)

(Foley Plaza on Hwy. 59)

251.948.1110

251.952.FISH (3474)

GULF SHORES 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

FOLEY 608 S. McKenzie

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Gulf Shores Later Hours Spring & Summer

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Aw Wi ar nn d ing 1545 Gulf Shores Parkway • Gulf Shores, Alabama (Next to Rouses)

251.948.1110

OMG! SHRIMP FEAST POBOY!!!

CHOSEN IN TOP “100 DISHES TO EAT IN ALABAMA BEFORE YOU DIE” GRILLED or FRIED AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN COOKED SEAFOOD PLATTERS

(Served w/ Fries, Coleslaw, Hushpuppies, Fried Okra, Tartar or Cocktail Sauce & Swamp Soup) Bayou Seafood Platter - Fried Gator, Frog Legs, Shrimp, Oyster, Catfish Seafood Platter - Fried Shrimp, Oyster, Catfish Cajun Golden Fried Catfish Platter - (U.S. Raised) tols Crawrefi’sshNoPthising Fried Select Oyster Platter The Like ‘Em! Fried Shrimp Platter - (Approx. 14-15) Fried Gator Platter

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VOTED BEST BURGERS IN BALDWIN COUNTY

Hurricane Burger • Hillbilly Melt • River Burger • Shroooom Burger • Swamp Burger Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger

REDNECK REUBEN • ALABAMA CHICKEN MELT PoBoys • Chicken • Shrimp • Oysters • Gator • Frog Legs Crawfish Pistols • Catfish • Whitefish • Stuffed Crab

***Cajun Crawfish Pistols Dinner (2) w/ Fries & Slaw*** OMG! Shrimp Feast Po-Boy • Seafood BLT

APPETIZERS ~ SALADS ~ POBOYS & SANDWICHES ~ KIDS MENU DON’T FORGET YOUR SWEET THANG

“Sweet Thang” Signature Dessert! Redneck version of a New Orleans Beignet & Granny’s Apple and Peach Cobbler Rolled in Powdered Sugar. Mmmmm...this “thang” is SOOOOOO good!

BEST BAR PRICES ON THE COAST ~ SWAMP JUICE ~ STUMPWACKER DIXIE DARLIN’ ~ MARDI GRAS MARGARITA

608 S. McKenzie Street • (Foley Plaza on Hwy. 59) Foley, Alabama

251.952.FISH (3474)

1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy (Next to Rouses) Gulf Shores, Alabama

251.948.1110

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Gulf Shores Later Hours Spring & Summer

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Bill’s By The Beach Weekend Brunch This menu available Saturday & Sunday only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

EYE OPENERS Mimosa $2 Poinsettia $4 Bloody Mary $5

BRUNCH Banana Fosters Pancake 3 Griddled Pancakes, Fresh Banana slice Nutella/Fosters Sauce/Cream Cheese Powdered Sugar. Choice of Bill's Bacon or Deans Breakfast Sausage S.O.S. (Seafood On A Shingle) Sourdough Toast/Seafood Gravy/Choice of Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese Grits, or Seasonal Fruit G.O.B. Benedict Southern Style Biscuit/Deans Breakfast Sausage/Sawmill Gravy/Sunny Side Up Egg. Choice of Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese Grits, or Seasonal Fruit Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Sweet Tea marinated Chicken Breast Coastal Slaw/House Pickles/Pretzel Bun Choice of Breakfast Potatoes or Sidewinder Fries ??? & Grits Choice of Grillades, Blackened or Fried Gulf Shrimp, or Seasonal Fish/Oakview Farms Goat Cheese Grits/Sauce Piquant

The Incredible Egg Three Eggs any style/Choice of Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese Grits, or Seasonal Fruit Choice of Bill's Bacon or Deans Breakfast Sausage/Choice of Bagel, Southern Biscuit, or Sourdough Toast Sand Wedge Iceberg/Maytag Blue Cheese/Pickled Red Onion/Boiled Egg/Bill's Bacon/Roasted Tomatoes/Banana Nut Crouton/Herb Blue Cheese Dressing - Add Chicken or Shrimp Steak & Eggs 6oz Bistro Filet/Two Eggs/Choice of Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese Grits, or Seasonal Fruit Three Little Pig Hash Bill's Bacon/Andouille/Pit Ham/Breakfast Potatoes and Vegetable Trinity/Two Sunny Side Up Eggs Breakfast Burger 1/2 lb proprietary ground beef/Choice of Cheese/Bill's Bacon/Grilled Pineapple Sunny Side Up Egg/Shredded Lettuce Sliced Tomato/Caramel Onions/Comeback Sauce. Choice of Breakfast Potatoes or Sidewinder Fries KIDS BRUNCH $6 Available for ages 12 and under only Two eggs any style/Choice of Bill's Bacon or Breakfast Sausage Choice of Cheese Grits/Breakfast Potatoes/Seasonal Fruit Choice of Southern Biscuit/Sourdough Toast /Pancake

Visit bbtb.com/menus to view our $10 & UNDER LUNCH MENU available weekdays starting at 11:00 AM Menu subject to change without notice.

251-948-5227 | 300 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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Open 7 Days a week. Check our website and FB for hours of operation.

26619 Perdido Beach Blvd. • Orange Beach, AL

251.981.0032

LOCATED BEHIND THE SHRIMP BASKET AT ZEKE’S MARINA ON THE SECOND FLOOR 54 Beachin’ ● December 2016


Appetizers

Entrees

Smoked Tomato Bruschetta

Three Cheese Ravioli

Grilled Crostini Brushed with Confit Garlic Topped with Smoked Roma Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Oil and Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Fresh Ravioli Stuffed with Herbed Ricotta Cheese and Topped With Creamy Cheese Sauce

Tender, Crispy Calamari Rings breaded and deep-fried until Golden Brown and served with Marinara and a Lemon wedge

Sautéed Brined Chicken, Smokey Bacon, Cracked Black Pepper, and Fresh Herbs Tossed with Hand Rolled Linguine in a Rich Pecorino Cheese Sauce. Served with a side salad and your choice of dressing

Fried Calamari

Crawfish Cakes

Carbonara

Chicken Marsala

House Made Pan-Seared Crawfish Cakes Served with Southern Chili Sauce over Apple- Cabbage Slaw

Pan-seared Chicken Breast and Sautéed Mushrooms, Finished with a rich Marsala sauce over Hand-Rolled Fettuccine

Parmesan Truffle Fries

Italian Style Shrimp & Grits

Crispy Golden Brown Fries Tossed with Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese Lightly Coated In Truffle Oil Topped with Fresh Chives

Creamy Parmesan Polenta served with Fresh Gulf Shrimpand a Hearty Shrimp Sauce

Fettuccine With Meat Sauce

Soups

Hearty Tomato Sauce with Ground Beef Served Over Hand Rolled Fettuccine Pasta

Smoked Tomato Basil

Creamy Bisque made with House Smoked Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Cream topped with Fresh Basil oil

Salads

Italian American Favorites Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella

Golden Brown Chicken Breast over House Made Marinara and Fettuccine Noodles

Veal Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella

Panzanella

Seasoned Spring Greens Tossed in Champagne Vinaigrette Topped with Herbed Garlic Croutons, Fine Julienned Vidalia Onions, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumber, and Pecorino Romano Cheese

Heirloom Tomato Caprese

Heirloom Tomatoes Layered with Fresh Basil and Mozzarella Topped with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Golden Brown Veal over House Made Marinara and Fettuccine Noodles

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Linguine Noodles Topped With Marinara Sauce and House Made Meat Balls

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Noodles Tossed With Creamy Alfredo Blend and Fresh Herbs Add Grilled or Blackened Chicken

Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

Mixed-Berry

Elbow Noodles Tossed With Creamy Cheese Sauce

Seasoned Spring Greens Lightly Tossed with Honey-Lavender Dressing Black Berries, Blue Berries, and Strawberries Topped with Granola and Farm Fresh Chevre

Mozzarella Cheese Pizza

House Made Flat Bread Topped With Marinara and Mozzarella Cheese

Signature Steaks

Pepperoni Pizza

House Made Flat Bread Topped With Marinara and Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni

NY Strip Steak

An 10 oz. Certified Angus Beef Strip Marinated in Garlic and Herbs using a Sous Vide Technique, Then finished on the Grill to your Specification and Topped with Compound Butter and Demi-Glace. Served with Red Hash, Broccolini, and a Side salad with your choice of dressing. dd a Crawfi C a sh s Cake Ca e Ca dd Three dd ee Jumbo Ju bo Ju bo Shrimp S p Add Add

Menu subject to change. To see full menu go to www.benedettoexperience.com

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Casual Dining in a Pic

Open 7 Days a week. Check our website and FB for hours of operation.

26619 Perdido Beach Blvd. • Orange Beach, AL

251.981.0032

LOCATED BEHIND THE SHRIMP BASKET AT ZEKE’S MARINA ON THE SECOND FLOOR

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Sizzling Grilled Steaks. Char-Grilled Oysters. Wood Fired Pizzas.

Enjoy the fresh flavors of the Gulf Coast. PANORAMIC Views of Wolf Bay

WATERFRONT Deck with Bar

8,000 Gallon Stingray Tank for Family Fun

MULTIPLE

Big Screen TVs

F R E S H SEAFOOD

&

SUNDAY BRUNCH

LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT Saxophonist Jim Andrews

FREE CUP OF GUMBO with purchase of entree

251.980.8400 ɕ 26189 Canal Road, Orange Beach AL ɕ CaymanGrill.com 56 Beachin’ ● December 2016


Cayman

WOOD ROASTED PIZZAS

MARGHERITA PIZZA Garlic oil, fresh mozzarella, basil, roasted Roma tomatoes g r i l l SAUSAGE & PEPPERS Conecuh sausage, roasted bell 26189 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 peppers, tomato sauce, mozzarella VEGETARIAN APPETIZERS Garlic oil, bell peppers, red onions, TUNA NAPOLEON mushrooms, asparagus, goat cheese Wasabi slaw, fried wontons, sesame-seared tuna, citrus teriyaki CRUNCHY GOAT CHEESE Almond crust, fig and honey jam, raspberries FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Stacked and layered with fresh mozzarella and topped with crawfish sauce SPICY SHRIMP OR OYSTERS Baked with habanero aioli, Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs

SALADS WOOD GRILLED SALMON & SPINACH Roasted corn, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, garlic herb croutons, sherry bacon vinaigrette CRAB AND AVOCADO Julienned vegetables, mixed greens and mango vinaigrette

FREE CUP OF GUMBO

with the purchase of entree

Sunday Brunch

Savor one of our delicious eggs benedicts or our special island waffles for an exciting twist on Sunday Brunch HOUSE SPECIALTIES

TASSO ENCRUSTED GROUPER Served over Yukon Gold feta mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus topped with shrimp Mornay sauce

BOURBON GLAZED ATLANTIC SALMON Served over brown sugar and orange glazed sweet potato mash and POBOY Oyster, fresh catch of the day, wilted spinach shrimp, crawfish or soft-shell Crab; served BLACKENED 16 OZ RIBEYE on New Orleans French bread Served over oven-roasted red skin potatoes and Parmesan crusted broccoli, BLACKENED MAHI REUBEN topped with oyster and tasso cream Cayman Grill’s version of the original sauce CUBAN Smoked ham, marinated pork, Swiss SHRIMP & GRITS Deep-fried smoked Gouda cheese cheese, mustard and pickles on French grits with a Creole shrimp sauce bread

SANDWICHES

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STARTERS

ENTREES

Perdido Stuffed Chicken

Lump crab, Roasted Tomatoes, Fon�na Cheese Stuffed Riso�o Grain Mustard Remoulade

Gulf Coast “Bouillabaisse”

Roasted Tomato, Spinach, Fon�na Cheese, Bill “E” Bacon, Herb Polenta, Chardonnay Cream

Shrimp, Lump Crab, Li�le Neck Clams, Gulf Fish, Pappardelle Pasta, Charred Leek Tomato Broth

Ostrich Carpaccio

Olive Tapenade Crusted Grouper

Crispy Brussels, Cipollini Onion, Bordelaise & Smoked Oyster Bu�er

Crab & Roasted Tomato Arancini

Crispy Capers, Shaved Parmesan Roasted Shallot Grain Mustard

Perdido Cold Pla�er

Gulf Oysters, Pickled Jumbo Shrimp, Marinated Lump Crab Salad Remoulade & Zesty Cocktail Sauce

Steam Li�le Neck Clams

Bill “E” Small Batch Bacon, Shallots & Garlic

Brussels & Heirloom Carrots Sliced Tomato

Grilled Swordfish

Fava Bean & Pance�a Passoulet, Tomato Foam

Gulf Whole Fish

Pickled Beech Mushroom & Roasted Tomato

Shrimp & Grits

Gulf Oyster Bienville

Co�ja Cheese Grit Souffle, Chanterelle Mushroom Gravy

SOUP & SALAD

Niman Ranch Pork Skirt Steak, Chorizo Fingerling Potatoes, Spinach, Saffron Cream

Shrimp, Lump Crab, Green Onion, Mornay

Voyager Green Salad

Shaved Raddish, Red Onion, Roasted Tomato, Spiced Pecan, Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet Balsamic Vinaigre�e

Pork “Secerto”

Braised Rabbit & Wild Mushroom Cipollini Onion, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Pappardelle Pasta

PBR Filet Mignon

Florida Lobster Crusted Ribeye Black Truffle Mashed Potato Heirloom Carrots, Herbsaint Hollandaise

SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Bourban Smash Downtown Manha�an Cucumber Cosmopolitan French Gimlet Sparkling St. Germaine Café Royal XO Café Nightcap

Chopped Perdido Salad

Roasted Tomato, Red Onion, Crispy Capers Bill “E” Bacon, Salt & Pepper Crouton Caramelized Shallot Dressing

Soup of the Day Oyster Stew

Charred Leek, Bill “E” Lardon, Herb Polenta

Gulf Coast “Bouillabaisse”

Gulf Whole Fish

Perdido Beach Resort | 27200 Perdido Beach Boulevard | 251.981.9811 PerdidoBeachResort.com/Voyagers | Call for Reserva�ons 58 Beachin’ ● December 2016


Executive Chef Brody Olive brings his award winning cuisine to Voyagers.

The Island’s Only Distinctive Dining With A Gulf View

Where the view is always complimentary as is valet parking!

Perdido Beach Resort | 27200 Perdido Beach Boulevard | 251.981.9811 PerdidoBeachResort.com/Voyagers | Call for Reserva�ons

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Delight in the wonder of the holiday season during

The season’s celebrations include Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a classical Christmas concert, events at the Gulf State Park, ice skating, an arts and crafts show, the lighted boat parade and much more.

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Holiday Skating at The Wharf November 19-January 14 Magic Christmas in Lights November 25-December 31 5th Annual Merry Market December 9-10 Lighted Boat Parade December 10

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