'Tis the season to grab a chilled beverage and some sublime seafood: Here's our annual batch of casual restaurants that care plenty about fresh fish, fried sides, and seaside locale. The decor? Not so much.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Who needs walls and floors when you have palm trees, sand, and the Gulf of Mexico? Order at the artfully designed assemblage of repurposed shipping containers where the chalkboard menu lists a handful of ever-changing choices—usually a burger and a Grouper sandwich (deliciously local and served blackened or fried), soup or pasta, and maybe something a bit more conceptual, like shrimp or mahi tacos stuffed with jicama slaw. You dine at an open-air table—or lounge in a chair right on the sand; 251-424-1800, facebook.com/thegulfal.