Made up of the crystal blue waters and sugar sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast attracts millions of visitors each year to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. At over 1,600 miles long, the Gulf Coast offers a variety of restaurants to try during your visits that range in price and atmosphere. From fish taco food trucks to five-star seafood dining, here are our picks for the top five rated restaurants along the Gulf Coast.
Finn’s Island Style Grub, Panama City Beach, Florida
Finn’s Island Style Grub taco truck is permanently located across the street from the beach at 7220 Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, Fl. The husband and wife owners of Finn’s opened the restaurant in 2009 with a focus on fresh, simple, and consistent food. Finn’s has since become one of the most popular spots in PCB, having built its reputation entirely on word of mouth. Choose from such local favorites as the Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Shrimpy Tacos, or the Chop Burrito. Finn’s menu also boasts an amazingly tasty small batch cold brew coffee, while supplies last daily.
Anchor Bar & Grill, Orange Beach, Alabama
Anchor Bar & Grill overlooking Terry Cove in Orange Beach, Alabama offers beautiful views of the water over dishes from a small but refined menu that changes frequently. According to Head Chef Jonathan Kasner, everything on the menu is made from scratch from locally sourced produce, seafood, and meat. The small menu ensures that each dish is provided the attention to detail that allows Anchor’s food to stand out. The Brisket Tots ($13), Anchor Burger ($13), Good People Wings ($10) and the Shrimp Tacos ($13) are menu staples and local favorites.
Half Shell Oyster House, Biloxi, Mississippi
Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi, Mississippi is known for local Gulf Oysters and variety of Gulf Coast seafood with a New Orleans flare. The New Orleans influence extends throughout the restaurant and its menu, offering an upscale dining experience featuring seafood, steaks, and pasta and an ambiance reminiscent of the French Quarter.
Leonard’s Food Quarters, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Leonard’s Food Quarters in Lake Charles, Louisiana offers authentic Cajun and Creole foods with a touch of soul. Leonard’s unique take on the taste of the French Quarter pays particular attention to detail “from the main entree down to the dressing.” Famous Louisiana dishes such as Red Beans, Sausage, and Rice, Seafood Platter, and Shrimp Po Boy are a few of the most popular items on Leonard’s menu.
Black Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill, Galveston, Texas
The Black Pearl in Galveston, Texas is famous for its oyster bar as well as its surf and turf offerings. As an appetizer, try one of the three oyster varieties on the menu or try a sampler platter of all three. Entrée specialities at the Black Pearl include Crawfish Etouffee, Gator Bites, Shrimp Tacos, and Crab Cakes.