Tacky Jacks has locations in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Tacky Jacks has been an island instutition since the 1980s.
By John Mullen
May 30, 2018 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA®) – Tacky Jacks offers a triple-play of options when it comes to good food and good times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at three waterfront locations accessible by land or by sea.
Hit a home run with breakfast on Cotton Bayou at the original Tacky Jacks in Orange Beach, find family fun and a hearty lunch on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores and watch the sunset over Mobile Bay with a world famous bushwacker in Fort Morgan.
Tacky Jacks' famous farmer's omelet.
Tacky Jacks' famous farmer's omelet.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Tacky Jacks Farmer’s Omelet is featured in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die. This EGGCELLENT omelet comes with onions, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage, ham, American and cheddar cheese inside and covering the outside. Add a biscuit or Texas toast and a delicious Bloody Mary and you can cross this dish off your bucket list!
The Mexican Garbage is NACHO average appetizer! Also featured in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die, it looks like a trash can lid filled with beef, cheese, tomatoes, onions, black olives, sour cream, jalapenos, salsa and tortilla chips. It’ll easily feed a table of four but be sure to save room for some incredible seafood or a mouthwatering burger.

Besides the to-die-for food, Tacky Jacks also brings waterfront fun to the table.
Tacky Jacks' famous Mexican garbage nachos.
Tacky Jacks' famous Mexican garbage nachos.
“Each restaurant is different in its own way,” Director of Fun, Tara McMeans said. “If you go to Orange Beach you will see boats traveling to and from the Gulf, dolphins swimming around the Perdido Pass Bridge and surrounding islands, and people parasailing high in the sky. Gulf Shores is known for its family fun activities and of course - duct tape! Everyone that visits Fort Morgan is treated like a local. After a night of singing karaoke, there are no strangers in the room. Year after year families relax, make memories and enjoy the best sunset views in the world from the deck.”
Music is on the menu year-round with performances by local musicians and karaoke at all three locations. In the spring you can catch an authentic southern crawfish boil on Saturday’s in Gulf Shores and on Sunday’s in Orange Beach.
Summer activities are full of family fun from Tuesday through Friday in Gulf Shores.
Hands On Habitat is on Tuesdays in the summertime at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Summer Hands on Habitat.
“Hands-on Habitat is by far our most popular free activity,” Tara said. “We have great guest speakers each Tuesday like the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf State Park Nature Center and others that bring animals and activities to share with the group. Kids and adults alike can learn about our coastal ecosystem and interact with the animals that live here with us.”
On Wednesday’s guests can get creative at Art al Fresco. The lunch and learn series teaches a new project each week. Everything from painting, clay, and jewelry making to live demos like chainsaw wood carving with Jeff Wheelock, sand sculpting with Sand Castle University and Duct tape crafts with finalists from the national Duck Tape “Stuck at Prom” contest are offered.
Tacky Jacks Beach Games include fun in the sun each Thursday for kids 6-12 years old with free lunch and prizes for participants. Parents can even get in on the action with water balloon dodgeball and everyone gets to be on TV! You’ll want to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
You can start your weekend early with Oyster Bake Fridays, the only restaurant on the island where you can listen to live music at lunch while enjoying freshly shucked grilled oysters prepared in front of you, just the way you like them.
The fall is all about football and the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. Winter brings bingo to Gulf Shores on Tuesdays and to Orange Beach on Wednesdays. 
Anthony McDaniel is a wounded warrior who received an all-terrain wheelchair through a Tacky Jacks' program.
Anthony McDaniel in Tacky Jacks sponsored chair.
“We started doing winter activities in Gulf Shores in 2017 and it has become very popular,” Tara said. “The art classes sell out quick and our annual game show packs the house with contestants vying to win big prizes.”
For detailed information on Tacky Jacks’ events visit Gulf Shores, Orange Beach  and Fort Morgan’s calendar pages. 
“Tacky Jacks gives so much back to the local community,” McMeans said. “We provide free meals to those who serve during first responder’s week, donate to local charity fundraisers, and accept donations year-round for all-terrain wheelchairs for wounded or disabled veterans.” The restaurant matches up to $10,000 for the purchase of a new chair for those in need. 
Tacky Jacks’ has a long history of quality, value, family, and community dating back to the 1980’s when George Skipper, an already successful businessman, purchased the Orange Beach restaurant and gave it the love and improvements that make it the successful and fun dining establishment it is today. It’s a must-see place for many visitors and a regular stop for Pleasure Island locals to hang out.
Click here to learn more about Tacky Jacks history and stop by any of the three waterfront locations for a Tacky good time.
Delicious seafood and burger options at Tacky Jacks in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Tacky Jacks has delicious seafood options.