The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It


The First Meal: The Original Oyster House-Gulf Shores, Alabama

Ah, tradition.

Going to the Gulf for us means starting with a meal at The Original Oyster House.

We can get in there, shop a little, eat, and then get out in time to get to the condo at three. The sooner we get in and out, the sooner our toes will be in the sand.

Plus, it is right on our way into town. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.

The shops that surround the restaurant are neat and unique.

Most importantly to me, there is a stuffed alligator at the corner of the building. With my two kiddos beside it, I can see how much they have grown over the years.

The food at the Oyster House?

See those oysters? Notice the shells.

They’re fake. Plastic.

The broiled Parmesan oysters at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores, Alabama are served in fake oyster shells.

I wonder what time the boat brings in the oysters in the plastic shells? Because at most restaurants on the water, they can tell you when and where the seafood came from. What part of the gulf has these fake shelled oysters?

Good Lawd.

My meal was the softshell crab po-boy. I love, love, love softshell crabs.

Yet, this was a mediocre sandwich at best. The crab did not taste fresh.

I think one could expect fresh oysters in real oyster shells and fresh crab in a restaurant sitting on the water called the Original Oyster House.
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The only redeeming point was the peanut butter pie from the gift shop. Dang, it is the best.

I was not knocked off my feet by how delicious The Original Oyster House was, but I still sorta liked the food and the experience. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that once the check is paid and the shops are skimmed for cute things, the next stop is my vacation home away from home.

Did I love it? Nah. Will I go back? Sure. It’s tradition.

Or, at least it is until we find something better….
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