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
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
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
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