A Local View – LuLu’s Homeport
What are some of the things you look for in a family-friendly restaurant? Food everyone will like? A louder environment where kids can be kids? Those are just a few things you’ll find at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores! This local favorite founded by local favorite, Lucy Buffett, has almost everything you could dream of in a family restaurant: FUN, FOOD & MUSIC!
“Lucy Anne Buffett, also known by her childhood nickname LuLu, and the official “Crazy Sista” of the Buffett clan, is a self-proclaimed gypsy rebel, having come from a long line of sailors, salesmen, storytellers, and generation after generation of staunch, Southern matriarchs who were stellar cooks. The little sister of singer Jimmy Buffett, Lucy was born in Mobile, Alabama, to her Mississippi coast parents who both worked at the local shipyard.
Through many adventures—and she would say a few misadventures—Lucy has raised two daughters, traveled, lived, worked and cooked her way on all three coasts. From her hometown in Alabama to New York, New Orleans, the Caribbean, Key West, and Los Angeles, she has left a myriad of jobs in her rear-view mirror – caterer, copywriter, office manager, production coordinator and even personal chef and personal assistant to a couple of movie stars along the way.
In her forties, Lucy answered the call to return to her Gulf Coast roots to help care for her elderly and ailing parents and opened a little dive on Week’s Bay in Fairhope, Alabama called LuLu’s Sunset Grill, a combination bait shop/burger joint bar. The restaurant was a hit and became a beloved local watering hole until five years later when her land lease was not renewed. But gumbo love runs deep, and everything that wasn’t nailed down was loaded onto a 150-foot barge and taken to a larger location on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, Alabama.” *
Activities at LuLu’s:
There’s so much to look forward to at LuLu’s! There’s nightly LIVE music to enjoy! All the things that your young ones (or young at heart) will love about vacation are available from hair wraps to henna tattoos. Don’t miss out and challenge a family member at the arcade! The biggest (or at least tallest) attraction at LuLu’s is the ropes course for anyone ready for the challenge! This is obviously not your average “restaurant”!
For everyone with allergies, dining out can be a challenging thing. LuLu’s makes it easy! They have allergy menus that are gluten-free, shellfish free, seafood free, egg free, soy free and dairy free. To ensure the safety of guests, they even have a completely different line/station in the kitchen to prepare these along with the manager taking and overseeing the preparation of these dishes.
Outside of their allergy menu, we’re sure you’ve heard of LuLu’s world-famous gumbo! There’s so much more to satisfy your hunger? From almost any seafood dish imaginable to salsa and queso to burgers and sandwiches, this place has it all!
That’s the food covered but what about a tasty adult beverage? Or even a mocktail? You could even be served by the state’s award-winning bartender and mixologist Don Delong! (If you’re not sure what to order, be sure to talk it over with Don!) From a delightful Bama Breeze to their specialty Jet Ski Killer, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. (If you’re a margarita fan, LuLu’s Favorite Margarita is an off-menu secret! Careful with this one… They’ll only serve you 2 or three it’s so strong.)
Of course, you can’t go wrong for the scenic location alone! Take in the views from waterfront dining on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Take a stroll along the dock or through the marina. There’s so much to see!
Make sure you visit LuLu’s on your next visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast! You can find it at 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL
*Excerpt from LucyBuffett.com