First, thanks to everyone who provided information regarding OB and the surrounding area. We had many questions and great concerns about where we walk our dog because Orange Beach/Gulf Shores does not seem to be a very "pet friendly" area. However, during our stay we have encountered several four-legged visitors.
As for restaurants, the first night (9/12), we visited Bubba's Seafood House on Perdido Beach Blvd. It was nearby and we were tired after a long drive. Although the food filled us up, it wasn't anything to write home about. Hubby enjoyed his boiled shrimp, but my chicken was a little dry. We've been there and probably won't go back.
However, on Sunday, we were out driving and getting the lay of the land when we came across a great park on Canal Road, just down from the OB Library. There is a really nice playground for children and a paved walking track that winds throughout and back to the bay area. At the bay area, there is a fantastic pier and you can walk out on and fish, observe or whatever. This is about 8 minutes from our condo and it is where we are exercising our dog everyday. We keep her leashed and, certainly, clean up after her, but it is a large area where she can be exercised without being censored. The only area that does not allow dogs in the park is the play area for the children and that is certainly understandable. So, with that problem solved, we continued exploring.
Returning from the park, we discovered The Fish Camp (on Canal Road). We ordered Po-Boys to go and they were fantastic. I had a catfish po-boy and my husband had 1/2 fried oyster and 1/2 shrimp. They were huge and very, very good.
Yesterday, 9/14, we had breakfast at Cafe Beignet (in the Winn Dixie strip mall on Perdido Beach Blvd). The owner is very nice and we each had an order of beignets (3) per person. They were very good and hot and we also had Cafe Au Lait. We really enjoyed our breakfast. Very relaxing and simply furnished. We will go back.
Last night, we rode across the Intracoastal and into Florida where we discovered The Crap Trap. Oh my goodness, the food was heavenly. My husband started with a dozen freshly shucked oysters. They were small, but good. He followed this with an entree of Shrimp Diane and I had the Chicken and Mushroom pasta in cajun sauce. Both entrees came to our table, piping hot and the servings were huge. Both dishes were served with small loaves of bread and butter. Both dishes were absolutely delicious and the shrimp in hubby's dinner were huge!! We had enough left over for dinner tonight. The Crab Trap is highly recommended for a fabulous meal and the price was about average -- about $52.00 for all, not including the tip.
Hope this has provided some helpful info and I will continue to post as long as we are here. The weather, although it has rained each day, has not stopped our fun. It rains, the sun comes out and all is well with the world. Hey, it's a tropical type climate so what else could you expect.
Enjoying ourselves immensely. What a great 25th anniversary celebration.