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Farmer’s Omelet 100 dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You die

Tasty Tuesday


I have a quest to try all of the dishes listed on the 100 Dishes To East In Alabama Before You Die, tasting the Farmer’s Omelet at Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores was my 64th try or 37 if I feel like counting down on the list.

Even though breakfast is my favorite meal, I am not going to lie, I was not looking forward to this visit for several reasons; I don’t eat mammoth sized meals and especially at breakfast, I extremely rarely eat meat and especially nitrate filled meats, and I don’t like to use up my daily sodium intake before 8 a.m.   However, this turned out to be a delightful breakfast.



Open at 7:30 A.M. Now 7 A.M.


Although there were customers, this HUGE restaurant was not packed at this early hour. And I mean HUGE, just look at this place!  Dining is upstairs and downstairs there is an area called Tacky Jack’s Bar.  The motto says “arrive by land or by sea,” and there is parking plenty for both vehicle types.


I was able to choose indoors or out.  DUH, just look at this intercoastal waterway view.


From across the bay, I could even see one of my favorite food spots called Lulu’s.  I tried two dishes on “The 100”  at Lulu’s-see link above.


It had a bit of a sports atmosphere with many televisions playing the sports channels. People wrote curious messages on tape that was stuck everywhere.

tackyjackstape.jpgI mean a whole lot of tape.


There is a beach area with a small playground for the kiddies. I learned that this place has different activities for kids and adults during the week. On one day kids can come and play organized team games in the sand area.  It is called Coast 360 games.  It sounded like summer camp fun.  Voted local’s favorite hangout and best happy hour, I can see why parents would want to hangout here.


However, it was quite peaceful  on this morning and the staff came out to chat with me. They were super nice and made me feel quite welcome.

The Farmer’s Omelet is made from sausage, ham, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and potatoes topped with American and cheddar cheese. It comes in a small, medium or large portion size.

When I  learned that I could order a smaller portion of this dish and my attitude began to change as I sipped on the perfect cup of coffee.


And then, I tasted my breakfast.  My eggs were light and fluffy with a creamy buttery texture cooked to a perfect texture.  The fillings were tasty and not overwhelming, I thought I might just have a few bites but ate nearly all of the omelet and the potatoes.

MEGastars:  I give this dish 4 **** Cooked to perfection in an outstanding setting.


  1. While I was chatting up the staff to learn about local foods served at the restaurant, I learned that they have an “Oyster Bake Friday’s” event. On this day, they grill oysters on the waterfront, with interesting toppings. Oh, and there is live music, drink specials, corn hole, sand pile, fun, and games. **DO check this event out on Fridays during the summer months.
  2. Check out one minute at Tacky Jack’s on YouTube One Minute at Tacky Jack’s
  3. Located in the quaint New Waterway Village District, it is close to many activities in this pedestrian-friendly area that is in a happening renovation.
  4. Link to Tacky Jack’s website. Tacky Jack’s homepage According to the website, they are open daily at 7:00 A.M.  On the day that I visited, it was 7:30 A.M.
  5. Of course, there is a shop on the premises.  On the day that I visited it opened later in the morning.
  6. This is one of three locations in the Alabama beach area.  27206 Safe Harbor Dr, Orange Beach, AL 36561


_____________________________________________________________________This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.

ABOUT:  *100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die,” is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style.”  Thanks to Tourism Alabama, my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier.  I am going to have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? or,  the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.

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