The high tourist season is just about in full swing at the Alabama Gulf Coast. The business landscape in Orange Beach continues to grow with the addition of new restaurants, bars and retail shops. Pleasure Island shows no signs of slowing with the start of the new season, and business owners are hoping the influx of tourists will support the latest business additions.
One thing Alabama's coast is not short on is Mexican-themed restaurants. At last count, Pleasure Island was home to more than a dozen South of the Border eateries. And one of the best is Cactus Cantina, which is opening a new location in Orange Beach. The newest Cactus Cantina was still under construction at the time of this writing in early April at the location of the legendary Hazel's Seafood Restaurant on the beach highway. Cactus Cantina has a location along Highway 59 in Gulf Shores and a newer location off of Canal Road in Orange Beach which opened a little more than a year ago. Location: 25311 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach.
Fin & Fork
Wintzell's Oyster House had a location in Orange Beach but struggled to earn a local or tourist following in the last couple of years. Recently, Wintzell's shut its doors and many locals wondered what, if anything, would replace the failed oyster bar. What came in is Fin & Fork, owned by Matt and Regina Shipp, who formerly owned Shipps Harbour Grill. Opened just a few weeks ago, Fin & Fork serves fresh Gulf seafood served in a family-friendly atmosphere, according to its website. The menu also serves privately farmed Black Angus Beef, house-made sushi, and a wide selection of fresh Gulf Coast eats. Location: 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, Ala.
One of the coolest bakeries anywhere is Rum Sisters, which earned a loyal following in the last few years, baking a variety of bundt cakes from its Gulf Shores location. Recently, Rum Sisters went from two owners to single owner Elizabeth Shay-Jones. The business moved from Gulf Shores to Orange Beach recently. Specializing in alcohol-infused cakes. From the signature Bushwacker bundt cake to the Island Time Rum Cake, Jones also ships nationally from the new Orange Beach location. Location: 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, Orange Beach, Ala.
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