Fish River Grill
You can’t miss a place like this if you are going to be traveling in coastal Alabama. Advertised as a ‘funky, junky redneck joint,’ you’re bound to find lots of locals. The interior décor consists of retired fishing gear hung artfully. Fishermen themselves frequent this place, adding an air of authenticity to the ambiance. The seafood platter contains all the essentials, including huge portions of fried catfish, shrimp, oysters, hush puppies, and fries. No matter what you decide, rest assured that all seafood is cooked fresh to order. The famous swamp soup comes with every order, and it’s definitely not an element of Fish River Grill to be missed. Oh, and get the beignet for dessert. Seafood’s not your thing? Don’t fear, Fish River Grill also offers a variety of other fare, including great burgers.
608 S McKenzie St, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 952 3474
Down South Barbeque
In the South, it is crucial to treat yourself to some barbecue. Down South Barbeque offers the real deal. Dig into huge slabs of tender ribs slathered in homemade barbecue sauce, smoked beef brisket, or whole barbecue rotisserie chickens. One of this joint’s specialties is the cornbread sandwich: BBQ pork and coleslaw between two pieces of cornbread. Takeout is recommended, since the place spends more time on smoking huge portions of meat than it does on décor. There are picnic tables outside where you can enjoy your finger-lickin’-good BBQ on a balmy night on the Gulf shore.
19891 Co Rd 10, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 955 6622
Oar House Restaurant
The Oar House Restaurant specializes in another quintessential southern classic: the po’ boy. This restaurant also provides some of the freshest gumbo, shrimp, and oysters around. Characterized as a local dive, you can enjoy your seafood amidst The Oar House’s beachy ambiance. Finish with a delectable slice of tart and sweet key lime pie at this hidden gem. The Oar House is just like a southern grandmother’s kitchen… complete with its own a feisty southern grandmother cook to boot! Simple is best in the case of Southern cuisine, and the Oar House does it right. Be sure to stop by midday, because this place is only open for lunch.
321 S McKenzie St, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 967 2422
Admittedly, multicultural cuisine is not always easy to come by on the shores of the Gulf Coast. Los Tacos, however, is a resounding exception; it serves the best of the ocean’s bounty, Mexican-style. Try the camarón tostada, ceviche, and the oysters on the half shell. The restaurant also has a fresh salsa bar. Kids’ meals include yummy cheese dip and chips. You can be assured that the portions are whopping in size for a great price. The remarkably polite service is an added bonus.
740 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 971 8226
John’s Gyro & Mediterranean Food
If you’re looking for something different, try John’s Gyro and Mediterranean Food. The Mediterranean platter, a crowd favorite, includes hummus drizzled in fresh olive oil, hearty slices of souvlaki, fried halloumi, falafel, roasted eggplant, spanakopita, Greek salad, and warm pita bread. John’s also offers innovative twists on the traditional gyro, like the Gyro Teriyaki and the Gyro Philly. There is a good deal of vegetarian fare, too, like the cucumber feta gyro & stuffed grape leaves. The crispy, sweet Baklava rounds out the meal.
121 W Orange Ave, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 970 2268
If you’re tired from enjoying the many water activities that Foley has to offer, check out Dragon City for take out. The restaurant serves American-style Chinese food, like dumplings, egg rolls, and sesame chicken. Beyond these options, the menu has a variety of spicier and more authentic offerings, as well, including curry, moo goo gai pan, and subgum wontons. This place is great for vegan and vegetarian travelers, something that can be hard to accommodate in the Deep South.
1220 S McKenzie St, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 952 1688
Ichiban Japanese Steak House
Get your sushi fix in this upscale Japanese hibachi restaurant. Ichiban Japanese Steak House provides expertly prepared Japanese delicacies as well as dinner entertainment; all you have to do is bring your appetite. The hibachi chefs are highly skilled and engaging. A crowd favorite in the hibachi show is the onion volcano. What’s more is that each specialty sushi roll comes with a complementary regular roll. There is always great emphasis placed on presentation, resulting in intricate arrangements of sushi and sauce. Expect a crowd on weekends.
2167 S McKenzie St, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 971 8770
Self-proclaimed ‘best-kept secret in Foley,’ Gelato Joe’s is an Italian restaurant and delicatessen. You are sure to find Italian favorites like paninis, pasta, and Stromboli, as well as awesome desserts, including cannolis, cheesecake, bread pudding, and, of course, gelato. It is a spacious establishment with ample deck seating. The Tiki Deck Bar is open every weekday and features karaoke. The bar also serves cocktails and a variety of beers, making this place a festive one for the younger folk.
202 E Michigan Ave # A, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 971 5637
Lambert’s Café serves genuine southern comfort food. Menu items include mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy, baked potatoes, collard greens, fried okra, chicken pot pie, fried chicken, cornbread, and black-eyed peas. Vintage memorabilia adorns just about every inch of the walls, allowing visitors to relish Foley’s past. Lambert’s is a family style restaurant, meaning that it’s a welcoming environment for people of all ages. The jovial staff throws rolls to its patrons as restaurant tradition dictates, so heads up! The bright red bow ties are a fun added touch. At the gift shop, you can buy apple butter, sorghum, and t-shirts. Cash or checks only!
2981 S McKenzie St, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 943 7655
Stacey Rexall Drugs & Old Tyme Soda Fountain
Stacey Rexall Drugs & Old Tyme Soda Fountain is like traveling back in time to small-town America in the roaring 1920s. It is a delightful little place for a light lunch. There is a model train that runs continuously around the shop at ceiling level and model planes that hang from the ceiling. The soda fountain offers malts and milkshakes, sundaes and floats, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, PB&Js, and barbecue. All ice cream products are whipped by hand. With charming, wire-backed chairs and café tables, you’ll really feel like you’re in an old-fashioned American soda fountain and drug store. It also doubles as a family-owned pharmacy, with a small pharmaceutical museum that is worth exploring during your visit
121 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL, USA +1 251 943 7191
By Lily Cichanowicz