Our Story

our story

The Southern Grind at the Wharf was established in 2012. Jimmy McPhillips always dreamed of owning a restaurant and Orange Beach needed a Coffee House, with the help of Jimmy’s sister Carol The Southern Grind was created. Jimmy’s wife, Jaime brought that vision to life with her Interior Design skills and together Jimmy and Jaime filled the walls with art they created together. Family recipes, homemade pastries, and really fresh ingredients are just part of their success. They also offer Gelato, wifi, and a pet friendly court yard making them more than a Coffee House. In 2017, The Southern Grind opened its second location with Hotel Indigo in Orange Beach, sharing similar visions to create a unique atmosphere that featured local flavor, pet friendly, where locals and visitors could gather together. Jimmy and Jaime’s hands on approach has earned them numerous awards and excellent reviews. Together with the help of a dedicated team they strive to help you bust out of your daily grind at The Southern Grind.

wharf Be sure to stop by The Southern Grind at The Wharf while you are catching a concert, shopping, at a car show, or a fishing tournament. It is a great place for locals to gather or vacationers to bring their dogs at our Pet Friendly Court Yard. With our newly expanded space we feature wifi and usb ports. You never know what unique array of gifts and home décor you will find in our old antique boat. At both locations you will be sure to find Gelato, Pastries, Desserts and a lounge. Something for the entire family makes us, more than a Coffee House.

indigo Whether you stay at The Hotel Indigo or a condo on the beach The Southern Grind is just steps away. They are also conveniently located next to the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Along with our original menu this location features resort wear, beach gear in addition to local art and gifts. There is a semi-private table that seats up to 14 for painting parties, business meetings, and bridal parties. It also features an amazing Nitro Bar and a real sail boat all in a cool coastal vibe.