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Deliciously Steamy: The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar
124 W 1st Ave
Gulf Shores, AL

251-948-4042

May 14, 2013

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The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

Tucked behind several souvenir shops, The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar is pretty much just the way I remember it – a no-frills hideaway with some of the most mouthwatering steamed seafood I’ve ever come across.

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar is so good that we remembered it from ten or so years ago. Also a testament to how great the food is? We ate there two nights in a row this trip.

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

While the menu offers several seafood dishes, pasta, and even burgers, we all went for the main attraction – a seafood tray with 2 Snow Crab clusters and two Dungeness clusters.

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

I don’t eat oysters (yet?) but this shot of my uncle’s raw oysters on the half shell is my favorite of the night.

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

Many restaurants in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores offer what they claim to be the best Bushwhacker on the island. The creamy, coconut-y frozen concoction really packs a punch. Needless to say, the floater I ordered wasn’t necessary.

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

A Dungeness cluster on one of the seafood trays.

The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

Each order comes with two Dungeness clusters (the ones on top with small segmented legs), two Snow Crab clusters (the ones on the bottom with the long sleek legs), a few potatoes, a few bits of sausage, corn, and a side of coleslaw. So. Much. Food. 
The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

 A bit of Snow Crab leg.
 
The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama
 
Papa Bruce and my Uncle Sully enjoying their crabs … by whatever means necessary.
 
The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama
 
A Dungeness Crab claw. This + warm melted butter = absolute heaven.
  
The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama
 
My Aunt Debi loved the coleslaw.
 
The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama
 
What can I say? Perfectly cooked seafood excites me.
 
The Steamer & Baked Oyster Bar / Gulf Shores / Alabama

A sign of a good meal  – a full “trash bucket.”

 

 

 

 

  • Get there early enough to score a spot on the wrap-around patio. When the weather’s nice and the sun’s setting, it’s the perfect atmosphere for a laid back good time.
  • Bring your ID if you plan to order alcohol – they do ask for it.
  • While each table already comes set with a bottle of liquid butter, ask for warmed butter when you get your crabs. The butter will make the crab meat melt in your mouth.

 

 

 

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