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Go Big or Go Home-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Mexican Garbage Nachos at Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach  is my #68th dish or #33 if I were counting down on my quest to try all of the 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.


Mexican Garbage Nacho Plate-Tacky Jack’s, Orange Beach, Alabama

The Mexican Garbage Nacho plate is HUGE. I’m talking feed a family of 6 huge. It comes topped with meat, 2 types of cheese, tomato, onions, black olives, sour cream, jalapeno peppers, and salsa. So, here is what Meg has to say about this dish.

When I bring my out of state guests to the Alabama beaches, I’m pretty sure they would not go back to wherever it is they call home  and say WOW, when I went to Alabama, I had fantastic nachos made of bagged chips, cheese, tomatoes and so on…


Tacky Jack’s is a fun place to eat. I DO suggest a visit when you are in this beautiful beach area.  Read on for my experience and a few tasty MEGapick’s.


With a name like Tacky Jack’s, this is an atmosphere has fun written all over it.


Tacky Jack’s of Orange Beach, Alabama is alive with fun color!

The People’s Choice awards that hang on the wall for the Best Local Hangout Spot, Best Happy Hour, Best Overall Bar, and the Best Island Atmosphere, attest to this fact. But do not worry about the kid’s, this place is family friendly and offers a kiddie menu.


Dining options indoors, the outdoor bar area and waterside tables. Tacky Jack’s, Orange Beach, Alabama.

I can see why  a party and a boatload of nachos go great together.


Tacky Jack’s of Orange Beach, Alabama has numerous awards and accolades

With a motto of by land or by sea, you hope for waterside dining.


Tacky Jack’s, Orange Beach, Alabama. WANT this boat.

At Tacky Jack’s you certainly have this option of outdoor dining with  fantastic views of Cotton Bayou and Perdido Pass.


Tacky Jack’s in  Orange Beach, Alabama. Dining with a view of the water.


There is also a lower Oyster Bar area with waterfront seating. Yes, please!


Lower level Oyster Bar at Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach, Alabama.


MEGapick for appetizers. #1. I would suggest tasting Smoked Tuna Dip.


Local-Smoked Tuna Dip at Tacky Jack’s, orange Beach, Alabama

Served on a bed of lettuce with toast points. I was told that this fish is local. Caught by a fisherman “just down the road,” who smokes his own catch.   Local food served with Alabama pride in a fun atmosphere.   I would give this dish 4 MEGastars.  Although it was a bit too salty for me, it was tasty.

MEGapick  appetizer #2-Gator Bites. Prepared deep fried or blackened (I like deep fried.) No photo.

MEGapick-Meal #1. I would like to taste the steamed Royal Reds peel-and-eat looked really delicious.


I totally “creeped” on this plate. Royal Red Peel And Eat Shrimp Plate-Tacky Jack’s

Many people around me were having this feast.

MEGapick Meal #2 The day that I visited there was a Grouper sandwich that looked fantastic. I note that this item was not on their website menu.  I WANT that in my belly.

MEGapick Meal #3-I also have learned that the fish tacos are really tasty. Their menu reads-“fried or grilled in soft fresh flour tortilla filled with blended cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and Jack’s special sauce and served with tortilla chips and salsa. with shrimp, with mahi-mahi, with flaky fish.” I also want this in my belly.

Another thing that I love about this place that is not to be missed is that this business gives back to the community.  I had wondered what the large hanging Marlin Fish was all about.


Tacky Jack’s Marlin Makes Wishes come true. Wounded Warrior Project.

I learned that this Marlin helps make wishes come true for Wounded Warriors.

From their website, “When Tacky Jacks set out to raise money to give away an Action Track Chair to a Veteran in need they had no idea that they would meet their goal so fast. The donations that were received at each of the three Tacky Jacks locations and online were matched dollar for dollar by the restaurant chain allowing them to meet their goal in just three short months.”

MEGastars for the Mexican Garbage Nachos-2 **

Did I want to die and go to heaven when I ate this dish? NO. Was it good? meh.  Perfect with a group of friends and lots of  Bushwackers, p-a-r-t-y ON! Does Meg love Tacky Jack’s and their food? YES!

When I wrote about my visit to Tacky Jack’s of Gulf Shores for the Farmer’s Breakfast Omelet, I had to ask myself a few hard questions using my own scoring criteria, and although dish was not super special, it was prepared in a unique way, the flavors took me by surprise, and I loved the food and my experience.  A girl has to eat breakfast when she visits the beaches of Alabama, plus the super friendly staff brought me a great cup of Joe. Farmer’s Omelet 100 dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You die

More MEGatips-

  1. Do visit Tack’ Jack’s.
  2. Tacky Jack’s website for all three locations, music and events, menu’s directions and hours of operation. Tacky Jack’s Website
  3. You may donate to their Wounded Warrior Project.  Follow the above link to STORE.


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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