"Quality of beaches"
No, it's not quite Destin, but pretty close! Not every day will be this clear, but the quality of the water and sand in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach are spectacular! Blows away most of Florida!
Rafters Sports Bar - above Starbucks in the Wharf, has great food, TONS of big-screen TVs, and sometimes live music.
Bahama Bob's on West Beach Blvd, a few blocks west of Hwy 59 - I almost hate to tell you how much I like this place because I don't want to wait in line!
Cosmo's - kinda a locals place, great sushi, very eclectic bar, patio. Located on north side of Canal Rd in Orange Beach, look for the 'Fish Camp' sign, it's located in that little strip center.
Mellow Mushroom for Pizza (and wi-fi) - just north of outlet mall, on east side of 59 - worth the drive, I promise you!