There’s little mystery when entering the doors of Gulf Shores Steamer, but quite a lot to look forward to. Quaintly located along Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, Alabama, Gulf Shores Steamer may be a small establishment, but the cuisine inside is big.
Having opened in November of 1989, the name says it all, no items on the menu are served fried. Now, claiming to be the best-steamed seafood in town and living up to it are two different things; however, Gulf Shores Steamer does it very well. That’s why Steamer was one of the many wonderful stops on our Alabama Gulf Coast Tour hosted by Geiger & Associates Public Relations and the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism Department. The tour is meant to highlight the island communities’ emerging culinary scene with stops at some of the most renowned restaurants along the Gulf Coast.
The motto at Steamer has always been “NO FRIED” and they specialize in large combination platters of grilled and steamed seafood that can easily feed two to four people. At least, that’s what the menu says, but after visiting myself, I’d say most platters easily serve 4+ people! The atmosphere of the eatery screams ‘coastal’ with a touch of down home southern charm, with plenty of beer signs, large hanging fish decor, ambient red-tinted lighting, and a gorgeous view of the harbor as soon as you step out the door.
We had the pleasure of trying an array of delicious menu items, courtesy of Gulf Shores Steamer, including a raw oyster platter, smoked tuna dip, marinated blue crab claws, steamed oysters, stuffed shrimp and the incredibly delicious Royal Red Shrimp & Snow Crab combo platter.
If you haven’t been exposed to fresh seafood, I have three words that will change your life: Royal Red Shrimp. Few people had even heard of the Royal Red before the mid-90’s, but it’s since grown to be one of the most desired dishes on the Gulf Coast. Harvested in waters more than 1,000 feet deep, they’re easy to pick out from the standard shrimp due to their large size and crimson red color, with a natural flavor that is much more comparable to lobster than it is shrimp. Couple that with a platter full of snow crab legs, corn and potatoes? You now have a combo platter that dreams are made of.
Gulf Shores Steamer is the perfect destination after a long day at the beach when you find yourself craving the fresh taste of mouthwatering seafood. Served in a warm and inviting establishment that prides itself on being family-friendly—you can’t go wrong. If you’re on the Gulf Coast, make a point to stop by and indulge, even the raw oysters are to die for.
The Food Channel toured Gulf Shores Steamer as part of an initiative sponsored by the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism Department, hosted by Geiger & Associates Public Relations, Inc.