Planning on making a weekend trip down to Gulf Shores during the off season (I'm assuming January counts as off season) to scope out some locations for a summer wedding. Any hounds have recommendations for places to eat at or food specialty shops to visit? I would guess that alot of the touristy places will be much calmer, but local food tends to be the best. Seafood is always good, and if there is somehow a local version of barbecue I'd love to hear about it.
Bonus question, anything worth stopping and seeing between Jackson, MS and Gulf Shores? I'll probably take the route through Hattisburg and Mobile that Google maps recommends.