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The Original Oyster House Boardwalk -Gulf Shores, Alabama

The Original Oyster House Restaurant is the dream of entrepreneurs, Joe and Mary Lou Roszkowski and David and Jane Dekle. According to their website, their successful seafood restaurant began in 1982 and culminated into one of the most successful and longest-running seafood restaurants in South Alabama. There are two locations. One on the causeway between Spanish Fort, Alabama, and the boardwalk location, which we visited in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The one we visited opened its doors in the Bayou Village Shopping Center in Gulf Shores with sixty seats and ten employees. After expansion in 1986, it now seats 300 and employs 130 people. Today the Original Oyster House includes a gift shop, a boat dock, 300 seats, a conference room, and a full-service banquet room that seats 100 people.

As you make your way up the boardwalk you will be greeted by a large alligator. No, not a real one. But it does look a bit scary. Stop and snap a photo, then make your way inside. If you do have to wait a bit, then take a seat on the colorful front deck. Or better yet take a stroll through that gift shop. It is full of interesting items. Here is what we ordered on our last visit. We began our meal with tasty gumbo. Then I ordered a loaded baked potato and a platter from the pick what you want items. Shown here is the stuffed crab, shrimp scampi, fried flounder, with Cole slaw and turnip greens and a side of hushpuppies. The restaurant is located at 701 Gulf Shores Pkwy in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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