I spent Thanksgiving on the beach—Orange Beach, Alabama to be exact—and as with any and every Thanksgiving, I participated in the requisite gorging all week long. Of course on Thanksgiving Day, I had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (turkey and dressing, greens, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, etc.), but the rest of the week, since we were in the gulf, I was stuffing my face with seafood, seafood and more seafood. Even so, I found an opportunity to eat none other than….pizza!!!
Cobalt Restaurant, 28099 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
Visited: November 2014
The atmosphere of Cobalt was absolutely amazing, from the time you walk in the door (shallow fish pond complete with a stingray) to the time you are seated (with a waterfront view) to the time you excuse yourself for a bathroom break (and wash your hands with a pleasantly scented sea salt scrub).
It was a beautiful and spacious venue. As if that wasn’t enough, the food was great with an inexpensive price-point, which made for an all-around wonderful experience.
Even though I had my heart set on pizza, I ventured to try a variety of oysters (baked, fried and raw) as an appetizer. They were huge—a great “bang for your buck”—and very appetizing.
Now, on to the pizza…
It looked great, but there was nothing special about it. The portion size was perfect and the flavors on the pizza (chicken, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, basil) blended well, but it didn’t make me dance in my seat. Granted, this particular restaurant is known for its seafood, so I should have known better—that’s like ordering a hamburger or hot dog at a Mexican restaurant. In hindsight, if I was going to order pizza at a seafood restaurant, I should’ve at least tried their seafood pizza, but oh well.
The restaurant itself is a must try if you ever find yourself in Orange Beach, just make sure you stick with their specialties. If you want pizza in Orange Beach, stick to a chain—like Pizza Hut or Papa Johns.
Taste: <–everything else<–pizza
1. Crab Trap, 16495 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL
Great crab cakes!
2. The Original Oyster House, 701 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL
Best hushpuppies I’ve ever had; Seriously!
We were too full to try any oysters here, but everything else was delicious.