Read what writers are saying about King Neptune’s and owners Al and Diane Sawyer.
Southern Living said King Neptune’s serves “the best shrimp in Gulf Shores,” and said to “order a platter of steamed royal reds, and they’ll think you’re a local at this laid-back seafood shack on Gulf Shores’ main drag.”
Southern Living suggested you order the steamed royal reds or grilled shrimp skewer and to wash it down with an Amaretto Orange Blossom Daiquiri.
The Year of Alabama Food
King Neptune’s Seafood was a featured restaurant in the Alabama Tourism Department’s ‘Year of Alabama Food.”
Writer Anne Marie Dunatov Purdy said, “Seafood is cheap and plentiful at area restaurants, one of the best being King Neptune’s on Gulf Shores Parkway. In addition to oysters (prepared every which way), crab claws and corn and crab bisque, the eatery serves up yummy Southern desserts such as key lime pie.”
The Parklander, Parkland, Fla.
Writer Denise Bomstein offered the following about his trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast and to King Neptune’s, “I Have Three Words For You - ROYAL RED SHRIMP! After my crawfish and bread pudding extravaganza, I swore I'd eat on the lighter side for the rest of my trip...that lasted until dinner when I was introduced to bless’em - Royal Red Shrimp at King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant. Served with their scarlet bodies intact, piled mile-high on a plate, you literally attack the shrimp. I never fought so hard to eat as I ripped the heads off and struggled to peel off their tough shells. Royal Reds have a delicious shrimpy-crabby taste and texture. I ate so many Royal Reds, I lost count. I relished in them, I indulged in them, I ravished them…I am a Royal Red Shrimp! After I was done making a spectacle of myself, I dug into none other than that great, Southern dessert - bread pudding. I never learn.”
Southern Living - Food Finds
In an article titled “204 Food Finds Across the Nation,” Southern Living said King Neptune’s hand-picked blue crab claws with remoulade sauce ranked among the best.
The Birmingham News
The Birmingham News said, “The royal red shrimp at King Neptune’s, also on Alabama Highway 59, are tough to beat, especially the price-to-helping ratio.”
Coastal Living named King Neptune’s as one of “Alabama’s Best Seafood Dives,” and said you can get “some great Gulf eats” here. The magazine also said, “The many loyal regulars know that the kitchen buys good, fresh seafood and knows how to cook it.”
The Tennessee Tribune
Writer Renuka Christoph said King Neptune’s is a “must stop and eat-at place,” adding “the prices can’t be beat, but more important; the cuisine will tantalize the taste buds of every seafood lover. The Corn and Crab Bisque is sensational. The West Indies salad offers a refreshing zest of flavor with its marinated jumbo lump crabmeat. Unique to the area is royal red shrimp. It is sweeter than other shrimp and literally red. Another must-have is the fried crab claws.”
The Perdido Pelican – 1995
King Neptune’s Seafood wins top award at New Orleans show
Al Sawyer and Diane Bush first opened King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant in a tiny enclave at Gaslight Square in Gulf Shores back in 1993.
But in the two years since, they’ve gone from tiny to big.
Big enough to garner first place honors at the prestigious International Specialty Food Show cooking contest held in New Orleans September 23-25.
Sawyer teamed with Winston Stona, managing director of Busha Browne’s Co. Ltd., of Jamaica, to make delicious Caribbean shrimp and oyster recipes that easily wowed an international panel of judges.
I just could not believe it,” said Sawyer, who like Bush is a Lower Alabama native.