By Destiny Brown

On the Gulf Shores Strip sits one of the restaurants that have been through it all, Papa Rocco’s. Through hurricanes and the oil spill, Papa Rocco’s in one of the longest standing venues in Gulf Shores. Since 1985, this local pizza and oyster bar has been ‘home of warm beer and lousy pizza’ and is a favorite to both locals and tourist who have sank their teeth into this slice of pizza.

Papa Rocco’s may be known as a pizza joint, but the menu offers everything from raw and baked oysters to sandwiches to seafood. There are no fried items on the menu. For those experienced oyster lovers, order up a dozen of the in house shucked raw oysters. Papa Rocco’s has been voted The Peoples Choice Award for Best Raw Oysters for 12 years straight. If you like to dress up your oyster, then choose from one of the styles offered such as Cajun and Rockyfeller.

Sandwiches range from  specialty burgers to a Papa’s Prime Steak Sandwich to a Coney Island Chili Dog and many more selections. Sandwiches are served with chips and a pickle.

Royal Reds and Snow Crab Legs are a seafood favorite on the menu and are served with cocktail sauce and melted butter for dipping.

There are many choices of Italian Favorites to choose from like Seafood pasta, Lasagna, Alfredo and more.

And of course there a variety of choices for the main event, pizza. Top your pizza with anything your heart desires or choose from one of the specialty pizzas. Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, Seafood Pizza, Papa Rocco’s Deluxe or the famous Flying Tomato and many other options.

Cocktails are also served up on the menu.If you’re looking for a signature drink to the restaurant, sip on Papa Rocco’s World Famous T.K.O. Punch. This concoction is a 15 oz blend of runs and tropical fruit juices. The drink comes with a souvenir tumbler.

Papa Rocco’s is a great place to get up close and personal with local live music. The smaller seating space allows the audience to hear the raw acoustics from the local artist that headline the marquee.

Dine at a table, a booth or at the bar and get the same friendly service wherever you sit. The restaurant has eight TV’s throughout the venue for sporting events and games.

Each year in March, pub crawlers begin their morning at Papa Rocco’s for it’s St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl.

Papa Rocco’s is honored to have been selected for the Sunny 105.7 FM Peoples Choice Awards for Best Raw Oysters and Best Pizza!

Papa Rocco’s serves food every night until midnight and takes take-out orders. It is located at 101 W 6th Ave. in Gulf Shores.