Our Story

Our smoke-free environment combines with our 200 gallon salt water aquarium at Creve Coeur and 400 gallon at Edwardsville,  with live coral reef, live music and bistro-style setting to bring the atmosphere of Bourbon Street, N’awlins to Creve Coeur, Missouri and Edwardsville, Illinois. Welcome Home Cajun Food Lovers.

The Rest of the Story

HarryParkerRealizing a life long dream can be exciting and challenging. My dream was to own a restaurant business that would allow me to build on my passion for people. I spent 28 years in Corporate America developing my business and customer service skills. After a short involvement with a franchise, I felt constrained in presenting a dining experience indicative of the Southern and N’Awlins hospitality that I had come to know. I wanted to make good on a burning desire to create and deliver a dynamic dining experience to every customer. In mid-2005, I began the journey as Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill with a commitment to serve quality food, with superior service in a smoke-free environment.

The selection of the restaurant’s name, Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill, was based on the great recipes, foods, families, and friends found in that area. Many of you know it from experience….a simple life, where great food and friends meet, greet and relish the next opportunity to do it all again. I hope that you will discover that the best food doesn’t have to come from chefs in fancy restaurants, but from families in local towns with recipes that date back centuries. Simple recipes that allow the true nature of freshly prepared, hand-battered, and hand-cut seafood to come through.

If you are looking for a place to go and want to experience great home cooking with soups, desserts, seafood and Cajun/Creole meals prepared fresh, then my restaurant is your everyday Gulf Coast cuisine place. We are your local, family fishing village where people live well, share great food, and enjoy the presence of each other.

I am pleased to make St Louis & Edwardsville our home and to be at your service. I graciously look forward to serving you again, again, and again. As they say in the Big Easy, “Laissez les bon temps roulez” or “Let the good times roll.”

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Together with all the staff here at
Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill