By Kelly Baughman
Since 1984, Doc’s Seafood has been hailed as one of the best seafood “shacks” on the Gulf Coast. And while the new location’s chef Landon Benton plans on spicing things up with his culinary expertise that has gained him an excellent reputation, Doc’s Seafood promises that some things will never change…..like great fresh seafood, friendly faces, and the delicious recipes you’ve come to know and love!
Voted one of the “Top 10 Seafood Shacks in America” according to Fox News, Doc’s Seafood has been serving fresh Gulf Coast shrimp, oysters, fish, and more in a cozy coastal atmosphere that makes you feel welcome the moment you walk in. Located at 26029 Canal Rd in Orange Beach, Doc’s is a great place to stop in for a quick and affordable lunch special, or for a filling dinner before you hit The Wharf for a summertime concert.
Tantalize your taste buds with selections like Doc’s Homemade Crab Cakes, grilled or fried, delicious local blue crab claws, lightly breaded and fried to a perfect golden brown, or for the true seafood lover, Doc’s Super Seafood Platter with generous portions of Shrimp, Oysters, Stuffed Crab, Fish Fillet, Creamy Cole Slaw, Hushpuppies and a cup of Gumbo.
Maybe you want to create your own seafood combination platter? At Doc’s Seafood, you can choose from eight different items to create your own pick 2, pick 3, or pick 4 combo. Had a great day on the fishing boat, but not sure how to cook your catch? Doc’s “U-Catch Em, We Cook Em” menu will make your fresh catch a culinary masterpiece, all while you sit back with a cold drink overlooking the water.
Doc’s Seafood’s newest location, Doc’s Seafood and Steaks, now open at 24221 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach, will serve all of your Doc’s classic favorites in addition to 28 day aged Certified Angus Beef Steaks. Wondering if it’s going to be any good? Just ask Doc’s Seafood and Steaks newest addition, Chef Landon Benton.
Benton, who in 2018 earned accolades like Best Steak by the Alabama Cattlemen Association and took home a first place win in the Chef Category in the World Food Championships, solidifying his place as one of the best chefs in the industry, said patrons can expect the same laid back, friendly atmosphere as the original Doc’s Seafood, but with an affordable steakhouse twist that seems to be missing from the Orange Beach area.
“Our steaks are hand cut daily, and we feature Certified Angus Beef which allows customers to order a delicious, quality cut of beef without breaking the bank,” he said. Benton said the menu will feature a 24 oz. Ribeye that is “as big as your head”, a New York Strip, and two filet options.
In addition to the hand-cut steak options, Benton said the new location will also feature fresh fish, sourced locally, that will change daily depending on availability. “We are very excited to be able to bring such fresh options to the table that are from the area. I think that adds a whole new element to the menu that will satisfy both the locals and the visitors who may not have had the pleasure of trying some of our local fresh catches,” he added.
There is a fantastic outdoor area with a kid’s zone featuring ring toss, giant chess board, and more, as well as a live music stage, and an open air oyster grill where patrons can choose their oysters hot and fresh, directly from the chargrilling station. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy daily specials and a lunch “meat and 3” at both locations for around $10 and under thirty minutes. Perfect for those on the go for lunch.
Benton said that while Doc’s Seafood and Steaks might sound like fine dining, much like the original, you can come as you are.
Doc’s owner, Richard Schwartz, has made the slogan of “the best fried shrimp in the entire civilized world” nearly a household thing in the Orange Beach community, and while everyone knows Doc’s isn’t a fancy high heels and sport coat establishment, Schwartz said he likes it that way. “We want people to feel comfortable here. People from all walks of life come in, and we want this to be a place to relax,” he said. So whether you’re dining on shrimp at the Canal Rd. Doc’s or cutting into a tender Angus steak at the Perdido Beach Blvd. Doc’s, flip flops and family fun are always welcome.
For more information on Doc’s Seafood on Canal Rd., call 251-981-6999. For more information on Doc’s Seafood and Steaks o Perdido Beach Blvd., call 251-281-0888 or visit www.docsseafoodshack.com.