Vegan Guide to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

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Looking for places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as a vegan can seem a little daunting. One can always find the typical french fries, salads, and maybe even a cheese-less pizza, of course. How many times have I lived off french fries alone when that was the only possible thing on the menu? Let’s just say I’m starting to resemble the shape of a potato. It’s not a good look. I was prepared to live off of just that in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. I knew that going in and I was okay, but I’m happy to report they’re further along in the vegan game than I anticipated.

Sure, I still had a meal of pizza sans the cheese and tater tots, but I had more “real” meals than not. I was also very surprised by the coffee shops as many have them had multiple nondairy milk options including oat milk. Even Starbucks doesn’t have oat milk so that’s saying something.

Vegan in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Map


Places to Eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Whether looking for Gulf Shores restaurants or Orange Beach restaurants, there are definitely options in both. The places to eat in Gulf Shores are more plentiful for sure, but no matter where you’re staying, you’ll have options.


Vegan in Gulf Shores Restaurants

Safari Club

TYPE OF CUISINE: GLOBAL, SUSTAINABLE
COST: $$
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

Safari Club is technically part of the zoo but not located inside the zoo. As many of you know, I do not support zoos; however, they had some of the most extensive vegan options in the area and definitely the most sustainable and eco-friendly restaurant.

Safari Club is Alabama’s first certified Green Restaurant and has become a leader in conservation, recycling, and reduced waste. The restaurant strives to be as energy-efficient as possible, they do not use any Styrofoam, no plastic straws, and recycle as many products as possible. They also compost on-site in their own garden and any extra produce is given to the animals.

The menu has several, well-marked vegan items including Korean fried broccoli, brussel sprouts, three different sandwiches and burgers, pizza, and tacos.

places to eat in gulf shores and orange beach

Essential Information about Safari Club

Address | 20499 Oak Rd E, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 4pm-9pm Mon-Thu; 4pm-10pm Fri; 10:30am-3pm, 4pm-10pm Sat; 10:30am-3pm, 4pm-9pm Sun
Website | safariclubgulfshores.com

Island Wing Company

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

Island Wing Company offers many vegetarian options that can be made vegan, vegan tacos aptly named ‘The Vegan,’ and they also have Boca and Quorn products that can be substituted.

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Essential Information about Island Wing Company

Address | 3947 Hwy. 59 Suite 100, Gulf Shores AL
Hours | 11am-10pm daily
Website | islandwing.com

Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN
COST: $$
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

Lulu’s was created and started by Jimmy Buffet’s sister, Lucy and let me tell you – this place is popping. I’m not sure I’ve experienced a restaurant quite like this. Despite being extremely popular and busy, the service and atmosphere was definitely great. Lulu’s has just launched its separate vegan menu (they also have allergen menus for just about everything else) that they hope to expand in the coming year to include more items. At the moment, it includes things like guacamole, salsa, nachos, and tacos. I definitely loved the options that I had and I’m excited to see how it expands.

Essential Information about Lulu’s

Address | 200 E 25th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 11am-9pm daily
Website | lulubuffett.com

Picnic Beach

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

Picnic Beach is a casual picnic-themed restaurant in Gulf Shores that offers healthy ingredients, fresh smoothies and lots of delicious vegan options! This was my favorite place I ate at in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. They have multiple options including charred cauliflower, buffalo cauliflower, Beyond burgers (with vegan cheese) and brats, acai bowls, smoothies, and juices. And, they have vegan spicy mayo!!

Essential Information about Picnic Beach

Address | 128 E 1st Ave, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 11am-9pm daily
Website | picnicbeach.com

Soul Bowlz

TYPE OF CUISINE: HEALTHY
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

Looking for a healthier option in Gulf Shores? Definitely give Soul Bowlz a try! It’s the perfect way to start your day. Make sure to say no honey and check other ingredients (i.e. white chocolate chips).

Essential Information about Soul Bowlz

Address | 1551 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 9am-6pm daily
Website | soulbowlz.com

Woodside Restaurant

TYPE OF CUISINE: HEALTHY
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

Woodside restaurant is located in Gulf State Park and we went for breakfast on our last day. They have a few vegan options – the oatmeal (no cream) and quinoa. I got both – because I’m me – and while I preferred the oatmeal, they were both great! Going to start putting raisins in my oatmeal after this.

Essential Information about Woodside

Address | 20249 AL State Hwy, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 7am-9pm daily
Website | Woodside Facebook Page

The Dragonfly

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, SMALL BITES
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

The Dragonfly is located poolside at the Gulf State Park Lodge – a very sustainable lodging accommodation in Gulf Shores. They’re open seasonally so make sure to check. They have a vegan black bean chipotle burger, fries, fruit, and frozen grapes (one of my favorite treats!)

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Essential Information about The Dragonfly 

Address | 21196 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 10am-7pm daily
Website | The Dragonfly

Foodcraft

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN
COST: $$
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

Foodcraft is one of the other restaurants at the lodge. You can get the chickpea falafel pita (without the tzatziki sauce) or the veggie tacos.

Essential Information about Foodcraft

Address | 21196 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 6:30am-9pm
Website | foodcraftgsp.com

Rita’s Italian Ice

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS, ICE CREAM
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

All of the Italian ice at Rita’s is vegan as far as I was able to find through my research but you may want to ask when you’re there. They have plenty of flavors and it is super affordable!

Essential Information about Rita’s

Address | 400 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 12pm-9pm Sun-Thu; 12pm-10pm Fri-Sat
Website | ritasfranchises.com

Our Coffee

TYPE OF CUISINE: COFFEE
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

I loved this little spot! They actually have two locations – one inside a skate shop and one at a brewery. I had a pumpkin spice latte with oat milk and it was one of the best coffees I’ve tasted.

Essential Information about Our Coffee

Address | 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #130 and 300 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | depends on location
Website | ourcoffeeandwellness.com

Beach Girl Coffee

TYPE OF CUISINE: COFFEE
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

Beach Girl Coffee is a drive-thru only coffee spot with several nondairy milk options.

Essential Information about Beach Girl Coffee

Address | 3500 AL-59, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 6am-5pm Mon-Fri; 7am-12pm Sat-Sun
Website | Facebook Page

Foam Coffee

TYPE OF CUISINE: COFFEE
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

Foam Coffee has several nondairy milk options, avocado toast, smoothies, and oatmeal. It’s a super cute coffee shop with a welcoming and minimalistic vibe.

Essential Information about Foam Coffee

Address | 2200 E 2nd St Suite G, Gulf Shores, AL
Hours | 7am-4pm Mon-Fri; 8am-12pm Sat
Website | foamcoffeeandshop.com


Vegan in Orange Beach Restaurants

The Southern Grind

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, HEALTHY
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

The Southern Grind has two locations (at the Wharf and at Hotel Indigo) and offers several vegan options at breakfast and lunch/dinner. I was there at breakfast time and had oatmeal and breakfast potatoes – they were very good! You could also do avocado toast or the bagels.

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As I was leaving, I noticed the specials board which had the Beyond burger on it for lunch/dinner so I really hope they continue to keep that!

Essential Information about The Southern Grind

Address |4751 Main Dr #116 and 22843 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
Hours | varies depending on location
Website | thesoutherngrind.com

BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets

TYPE OF CUISINE: SWEETS, COMFORT FOOD
COST: $
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

Chef Kimberly, also the General Manager, is a real joy to be around and you can feel the passion in the air at Buzzcatz. I loved the eclectic feel at BuzzCatz and all of the amazing cat decor. They even have drinks named after different cat breeds. While none of the food is naturally vegan, Kimberly has made it very clear that with a 24-hour notice, she is happy to make any special requests!

Essential Information about BuzzCatz 

Address | 25689 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL
Hours | 7am-9:30pm Sun-Thu; 7am-10pm Fri-Sat
Website | buzzcatzorangebeach.com


Vegan Options Nearby

Nearby in Foley, there is a Mellow Mushroom, a Kale Yeah! Juice Cafe, and a BB’s Health Food Store.


Groceries, Health Stores, & Markets

Publix

Publix is your best bet while in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. There is one located in Orange Beach and Publix has lots of vegan options including tofu and other mock meats, plenty of vegan cheese, lots of frozen vegan products like Gardein and more, and, of course, all the vegan staples. If you’re staying a beach house or condo as many do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, then shopping and cooking meals is a very real possibility. Publix is definitely your go-to grocery store.



Gulf Coast Animal Activism

Interested in taking part in animal activism while you’re in the area? Here are a few great options!


Local Vegan Resources

My favorite way to get vegan options in a new place is by joining the local Facebook group, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find one for the area. If this changes, I’ll be share to update it!


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***This trip was possible in collaboration with Visit AL Beaches. All of my accommodation, activities, and food were covered by Visit AL Beaches. Despite who may have footed the bill, all the opinions here are my own and I would never recommend something I didn’t fully believe in and try myself.***

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3 Comments

  1. Kara

    October 29, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    I needed this just a week earlier! Looks great!

  2. Juliann

    November 15, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Nice to see that the Gulf Shores is offering more healthy and vegan options. I still envision it as being typical beach fare: fried food and fried seafood. I obviously haven’t been there in a while. Lulu’s sounds interesting. I think I’d give that a try and I’m sure the atmosphere there was as fun as Jimmy Buffet’s restaurants.

  3. Sarah

    November 15, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Yesss so many spots for you & other vegans to eat! And plenty of them, by the pictures, look very non-vegan… with the buffalo cauliflower, beyond burgers etc. yum! Thanks again for putting in what you noticed regarding gluten free. That’s appreciated!

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