Living in Mississippi, I have seen my fair share of t-shirts from Tacky Jacks, putting this restaurant on the map for me. My friends (Carly and Rachael) and I thought that we would check it out while on vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Tacky Jacks has been open for 36 years and with their waterfront dining and sandy beach play area for children it is easy to see why.
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Tacky Jacks was on a two-hour wait when we arrived. Luckily for us, Tacky Jacks has a bar called “Jacks Oyster Bar” around back where we could order a drink while we waited. Carly and I ordered a Fruity Pebbles and it was really good. Carly, Rachael, and I also enjoyed sitting in the rocking chairs facing the water and people watching. Lucky for us, we only ended up waiting for about an hour.
By the time that we were seated, we were starving. Rachael had the Firecracker Shrimp (shrimp coated in Asian chili sauce) while Carly opted for a Buffalo Chicken Wrap since she does not eat seafood. I ordered the Half and Half with fish, shrimp, hushpuppies, and french fries. Neither my fish nor my shrimp were very good. I was disappointed that we waited around for mediocre food. Rachael liked her shrimp but Carly agreed that her wrap was pretty basic.
Duct Tape covers Tacky Jacks Literally! Guests can go to the upstairs hostess and pick up a piece of Duct Tape to write on. After choosing what to say, pick a spot (anywhere but on the doors) throughout the restaurant to place your tape. It is a really cool concept! We had a lot of fun reading all of the tapes that we came across.
There is a gift shop on property that you have to check out. They have mannequins dressed in Duct Tape and the clothing designs are really creative. The shop has loads of Tacky Jacks’ paraphernalia. It seemed as if every guest stopped in.
OBA Locals Love Tacky Jacks
Tacky Jacks’ atmosphere is very laid back and fun. On weekdays from 2 to 6 PM, the restaurant features live entertainment and happy hour. Tacky Jacks is so popular that they have three locations in the area (Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan). There are docks on the water allowing boaters to eat here, too. The sandpit out back is perfect for families with small children.
Maybe we came on a bad night, but I did not have a great Tacky Jacks experience. There was a lot of confusion among the staff when it came to seating guests, our service was not very good, and I thought that the food was mediocre. After my visit, I would give Tacky Jacks a rating of 6/10. I think that most people probably come for the atmosphere.
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240 East 24th Avenue
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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