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    In 2009, after a few years of college and traveling, I was settling into adulthood back in my hometown of New Iberia, LA. I found myself falling back into the mindset that there was simply "nothing to do around here." Something had to change. Seeking adventure and a life that was more than just an 8-5 job and new found responsibilities, I set out to prove that South is everything I craved: a soul-stirring mecca of culture, decadence, passion and the unknown.

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Cobalt The Restaurant

Cobalt The Restaurant
28099 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561

251-923-5300

May 17, 2013

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Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

As soon as you walk in, there’s a bakery display case to you left loaded up with exquisite little pastries and sweets.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

On the right, there’s one of the coolest fish tanks I’ve ever seen. I know it doesn’t look like much, but it actually goes through the wall to extend out onto the back patio. It’s loaded with stingrays and fish that my brother and dad could name instantly. I, unfortunately, was not blessed with such talents… or an impeccable memory.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

My favorite part about the tank was how close you could get to the fish. It was quite shallow and they’d jump and splash around as they got territorial.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Further inside Cobalt, the entire back wall is glass. Whether you choose to sit inside or on the patio out back, you’re sure to be blessed with stunning views of Cotton Bayou and Terry Cove.

I absolutely loved the restaurant’s use of color. While the bright blue walls are an obvious visual echo of it’s name, Cobalt’s art work is what caught everyone’s eye. My personal favorite was the vibrant oyster painting on the back wall.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Click here for the dinner menu – pizza, seafood, steaks, and sweets!

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

A large back patio overlooks Cotton Bayou.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

The patio even has it’s own bar, a stage for live music, and adirondack chairs for lounging.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

The stingrays hid in the outside half of the restaurant’s tank.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Seahorse [$8]

Fresh strawberry puree shaken with Smirnoff Citron & lemonade

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

BBQ Gulf Shrimp [$12]

Sautéed in a Creole butter sauce & served with grilled French bread

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Bayou la Batre Crab Claws  [market]

Half pound, sautéed with fresh tomatoes & herbs in a chargrilled lemon butter sauce or lightly fried with cocktail sauce. 

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Roasted Vegetable Dip [$8]

A classic Mediterranean blend of chickpeas & tahini with sweet peppers, sun-dried tomatoes & roasted eggplant. Accompanied by grilled flat bread.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

House Salad [included with entree / $3 small / $6 large]

A blend of crisp romaine & spring greens with tomato, cucumber, red sweet onions & cherry peppadews.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Cobalt’s Crab Bisque [ substitution for salad with entree with upcharge / $4 cup / $6 bowl]

Sweet blue crab with roasted poblano & corn relish.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Blackened Redfish [$24]

Domestic, farm-raised filet on a bed of jambalaya rice & grilled asparagus topped with Tabasco hollandaise.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Peppercorn Encrusted Filet [$28]

An 8 oz. filet served over roasted garlic parmesan mashed potatoes & baked macaroni and cheese with a roasted tomato jus.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Firecracker Shrimp [$10]

Lightly dusted bay shrimp, fried & tossed in our spicy remoulade sauce.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Strawberry Margarita Cupcake [$2]

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Fried Apple Pie [$6]

Flaky pastry dough filled with sliced apples, butter & sugar. Served with vanilla bean ice cream & caramel sauce.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Double Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee [$6]

With seasonal fresh berries.

Cobalt The Restaurant / Orange Beach / Alabama

Cobalt’s Cheesecake [$6]

A white chocolate ricotta cheesecake with a graham cracker crumb crust & topped with fresh berry sauce.

We chose Cobalt as our dinner destination for the last meal of our week-long stay in Orange Beach. Voted by Alabama Magazine‘s 2012 Best Seafood Restaurant in Alabama, Cobalt is tucked away underneath the Perdido Beach Blvd bridge. A few members of our group discovered it the night before when they ordered pizza and dessert to go.

I called ahead to make reservations for our party of 11. We made our reservation for 4:30 (early bird special, y’all!) because they only take reservations between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Any time after 5:30 pm is first come, first serve – and they get busy very very quickly.

As you can tell from the list above, we ate. And ate. And ate. And every last bit of it was truly delicious. In a party of 11, no one had a single negative thing to say. From the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts, each bite was loaded with flavor. The only thing to outdo the food was the service. Our waiter knew the menu well, had a great sense of humor, and handled our large group with ease.

The meal at Cobalt is probably one of my most favorite meals in a really long time. While I love food and have an arsenal of never-fail favorites, it’s been a while since a restaurant has truly wooed me. Cobalt won me over with it’s restaurant trifecta – a great atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable service, and most importantly, fantastic food.

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