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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach I t’s no secret that the south is known for mouthwatering, sinful culinary creations. In Gulf Shores and Or- ange Beach, things are no differ- ent. Whether guests are looking for fried shrimp and crab claw baskets or raw bou- tique oysters on the half shell, Alabama’s beaches do not fall short when it comes to good cookin’. In recent years, this area has become a culinary hotspot in the southeast. Whether guests are looking for Southern comfort foods or dishes created by James Beard award-winning chefs, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have it all. And, many 42 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - WINTER 2019 restaurants in the destination are local- ly-owned and pride themselves on serv- ing locally and regionally sourced sea- food and produce. Some chefs have also taken local- ly-sourcing ingredients and sustainability to a whole new level. Several years ago, a group came together to form NUISANCE Group, an organization whose primary focus is to raise awareness of species of flora and fauna that are Nuisance, Un- derutilized or Invasive, but Sustainable and Available through Noble, Culinary Endeavors. One of their main efforts has been in helping eliminate lionfish in the