Morning Bliss: Top Breakfast Spots on the Gulf Coast

We all know that a good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day, and with so much to explore on the Gulf Coast, this meal becomes even more important. The question is: where to head for the best breakfast on the Gulf Coast?

It’s a question with no simple answer: there are many great breakfast spots in cities like Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Pensacola — some well-known; some hidden gems serving classic southern breakfasts that locals most appreciate.

Wondering where the best breakfast spot is in each city? This blog will bring you the top breakfast spots on the Gulf Coast, organized by city. 

Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time!

Best Breakfast spots in Fort Morgan, AL

Sassy Bass Island Grill

Offering breakfast every day of the week, this restaurant boasts a tranquil setting, welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, and superb views of the beach.

Breakfast portions are generous, and everything is fresh and cooked to perfection. Options include crab cake and eggs, Eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, hash browns, omelets, Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy, and Chicken ‘n’ Waffles, and you can also start your day with a local classic: the po’ boy, which you can customize to your preference.

Try sitting outside for an even better experience.

Pancake Stack.

Tacky Jacks

Do you want to start the day by the waterfront with an amazing atmosphere and, of course, fantastic food? Count us in! And we know just where to go.

Open for business during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Tacky Jacks branch in Fort Morgan has everything from amazing breakfast options to po’boys and the local seafood.

Service is great, and breakfast options are tasty and filling, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Kids will also have fun; usually, they love writing and drawing on the chalkboard tables and sticking art to the wall.

Dining outside is also a highlight here, so try to find that sweet spot with a view.

Oh, and make a stop at their souvenir shop before you head out for your day. They always have something nice in there too.

Best Breakfast Spots in Gulf Shores, AL

Sunliner Diner

What about a retro-style breakfast? Go back in time to the 1950s at the Sunliner Diner, a full-on diner evoking the old days of American dining culture. The soundtrack is made of rock and roll, and the entire place is very picturesque, full of photo ops.

Menu options include classic diner cuisine, omelets, Eggs Benedict, and waffles, but also some light and healthy items like avocado toast. The staff is as friendly as people were in the 1950s, and service is usually quick — all this at reasonable prices. A great family fun option for sure.

The best part is that you don’t even need to wake up early; three words for you – all-day breakfast.

Foam Coffee Shop

Foam Coffee Shop, in the heart of Gulf Shores, boasts a hipster ambiance inside, and its outdoor area features a swing that’s a hit on Instagram. Everything drinkable is fantastic, from the cappuccino to the chai tea and beyond. They also have wellness options like Matcha, Turmeric, and even Beetroot lattes. Moreover, they offer cold-pressed fruit juices that are as fresh as it gets. 

Food options include avocado toast, breakfast burritos, ham, egg, and cheese bagel — all delicious.

This is a great spot for a quick breakfast on the healthier side but also to hang out during the afternoon — say if the weather is not too good — with a good book in hand. And you can even work from there if you need to. 

Egg, fruit, and avacado.

Best Breakfast spot in Orange Beach, AL

Oso at Bear Point Marina

A favorite haunt for locals, Oso at Bear Point Marina offers a fantastic breakfast space with views of the marina. No matter the meal, the options are so varied that there is something on their menu for everyone, including kids, vegetarians, and vegan options. For breakfast, options include pancakes infused with espresso and chocolate flavors, their variation of stuffed French toast, Chicken and Waffles, and their southern variation of the Hawaiian Loco Moco.

The outdoor seating area is fantastic, and the soundtrack featuring fun music by local bands and singers is an extra draw.

Ducks Diner

This beloved local diner in Orange Beach draws both regulars and tourists alike. For many locals, it’s a daily ritual to drop by for their signature breakfast offerings, which have become an all-day sensation. 

The diverse menu caters to every palate. For a classic diner experience, don’t miss out on the Buck’s Special: scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and a melt-in-your-mouth blueberry pancake. 

And if you’re in the mood for a brunch vibe, their refreshing Mimosas and robust Bloody Marys hit the spot perfectly. All this, combined with a genuinely friendly service, makes this spot a total winner.

Best breakfast spots in Perdido Key, FL

Hub Stacey’s

The Perdido Key branch of Hub Stacey’s is surrounded by expansive oaks and magnolias. Housed in a wooden building with a deck encircling it, the ambiance radiates that quintessential Southern charm and relaxed atmosphere that’s great to start the day.

This place offers amazing breakfast at a very affordable price. The omelets and the biscuits and gravy are just wonderful, and the view of the water is a great way to start the day.

When you visit for breakfast, be sure to bring along a dollar bill: Hub Stacey’s walls are adorned with signed dollar bills from patrons, and you can also leave your mark with a signature of your own.

Perdido Key Breakfast Club

The name says it all — they focus on delivering amazing breakfasts to everyone who crosses their doors.

Tucked away in a strip mall, but with a warm and laid-back atmosphere, Perdido Key Breakfast Club offers great pancakes, waffles, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and much more. And you can easily turn your visit into brunch because they also have options like salads, burgers, and sandwiches.

Some all-time favorites include the traditional breakfast platter, the pecan waffles, and the breakfast burrito. Also, they offer a crab-stuffed omelet with gouda grits, crab cake Benedict, and a variety of pancakes. All mouth-watering options!

The Eggs Benedict are usually praised as fabulous, and the bottomless mimosas are also a big hit. Service is friendly, even when the house is packed, and you’ll be wishing to go back the next day.

Best breakfast spots in Pensacola, FL

Native Cafe

Named as such for being “Owned and operated by friendly natives,” Native Cafe is one of the best breakfast destinations on the island. A hit with those looking for a delightful experience of fresh, nutritious, and homemade breakfast and brunch.

Options include a Good American breakfast with a Florida twist, Eggs Benedict Arnold, a seafood omelet with fruit, Crab Cakes Benedict, Stuffed French Toast, and the Hungry Native. The pancakes are big and delicious — a must-try!

Need more convincing? The local community voted this place the best breakfast restaurant in Pensacola. Need we say more?

Scenic 90 Cafe

Scenic 90 Cafe is another throwback-style breakfast parlor. The retro-inspired decor is worth the trip alone. From the moment you step inside, you can tell you’ll have a great experience.

But then you taste the food: steak & eggs, hash browns, sausage & biscuits, Stack of Jacks, French toast, and fresh fruits. Add freshly squeezed orange juice to go with some coffee, and you have the perfect meal to get you energized for a full day in the sun.

The best part? You don’t even have to wake up that early. They also serve breakfast all day. If breakfast turns into brunch, hey, let the kids have their milkshake; they’re on holiday. When one visits this little diner, it quickly becomes a family favorite.

Breakfast sandwich.

Best breakfast spots along the Gulf Coast in Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Pensacola

Trust us, some of these spots are so enticing that you’ll find yourself wanting to have breakfast there throughout your entire trip.

Moreover, these places aren’t just about the food; they’re ideal for lingering, spending quality time with friends, and connecting with locals while vacationing on the Gulf Coast.

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