We are so excited
to be revisiting
one of our favorite Alabama Gulf
Coast hot spots, Lucy Buffett’s, Crazy Sista,
LuLu’s!! LuLu’s was the very first restaurant
we featured when we launched Alabama
Coast Observer in May 2011, so what a treat
it was for us to come back and enjoy some of
our favorites, but also some of their new
menu items that have become such a big hit
as well!! And to learn of all the great new additions
to the LuLu’s Crazy Sista franchise!!
We are always completely taken aback by
the growth of this selfcontained, laidback,
kidfriendly, islandstyleadventure complex!
The original building a massive openhut
styled bar and diner set at Homeport Marina
was impressive and fun enough, but, now
they’ve added a floating dinner barge, a pirate
ship band stage and another huge tiki bar with
limited menu next to the manmade white
sand beach! With small children enjoying the
beach toys and slightly older children enjoying
a workout on the guidewired survivorstyle
jungle gym! And, the gift shop, loaded
with Crazy Sista’s cooking helpfuls and sloganed
Tshirts was hard for any shopping
woman to passby!!
There is also a fabulous outdoor kitchen
where Lucy hosts cooking demonstration
shows and another outdoor pavillion for private
parties or maybe even overflow!
And if this were not enough, opening in
July right next to LuLu’s will be the Lucy B
Goode, a new restaurant concept by Lucy
Buffett, will feature a more intimate setting
and upscale small plate options.
The entire venue is amazingly fun and can
you just imagine the staffsize!!?? Before the
season has even kickedoff, the wait staff already
employees over 80 who run a finetuned
We are always impressed with the service at
LuLu’s!! As soon as your seated your server
was SNAPright there taking your drink orders!
(Mudslides were delish after an afternoon of
beach & beers!) Our waiter was very helpful
in helping us order several of LuLu’s best appetizers,
and SNAP they were coming out by
one runner after another! Now, if you can only
imagine how excited Cheli and I already were,
we were totally in awe of the efficiency with
which this slampacked place was run! (OK!
Is that whatcha call an Alabama Slammer
Wham Bam Here’s your food Ma’am!!)
Beginning with more food than two people
can evereven polishoff, just in appetizers, the
staff was getting a kickout of us as we impatiently
waited for Cheli to get her many photographs
of each and every delicacy!! Now, let
me tell you, all of these are unique in the preparedness,
and, not your average bar staples.
We first dove into the fattest quesadillas
I’ve ever seen Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla
Buffalo chicken, sauteed peppers & onions,
bleu cheese, jackcheddar cheese and grilled
pineapple, served with LuLu’s Fun Salsa &
sour cream. OMG! I make quesadillas out
of all my left overs, but these were wayfab!
We then had the Smoked Tuna Dip never
from the can, and, oh yeah, chunky, smokey
tuna with perfect seasonings! The Fried
Green Tomatoes a basket full of some of the
best ever, and, here’s the kicker, only $6.95!!
We’ve never seen them that affordable in our
14 years of doing reviews!! And the last appetizer
L.A. (Lower Alabama) Caviar is a
mustdo!! Blackeyed peas in balsamic vinaigrette,
definitly a LuLu’s original, was great
by itself, but we ate it on the quesadillas, and
on the fried green tomatoes as well!! Cheli also
had to have her latest craze, the Greek Salad
Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, cucumber,
red onion, and tomato with a little
love, served with their own house Greek dressing,
this salad was a masterpiece and may be
topped with grilled, blackened or fried chicken,
shrimp, or fish..or you can choose grilled or
blackened Mahi or Yellowfin Tuna.
With so much food to choose from, we actually
only ordered three entrees, although,
my choice was a basket that serves two (ha!
ha!) After eyeballing fried crab claws all
around me, it was a MustPlus!! The Big Fry
Seafood Basket fried shrimp, oysters, and
crab claws, and we had the fish blackened!
Big Fry is served with seasoned fries,
cole slaw, and, jalapeno hushpuppies.
All these sides
were great as
a few times, so,
at this point I
will tell you that
LuLu’s is totally green
baskets and takeout containers as well,
are made of biodegradable paper! Yeah!
With all the salads, sandwiches & poboys
left to choose from, (not to mention Mahi
tacos), we HAD to have the Jerk chicken
Sandwich, (Cuz, that’s what Cheli and I
Love!!) marinated grilled breast of chicken
with LuLu’s Fun Southern Jerk seasoning (a
Little spicy, bowchickawowwow!) topped
with grilled pineapple, dressed with your
choice of chips. I ate on this for days, because,
yes, I am the Spice Queen!!
But, of course, we did the Cheeseburger
in Paradise, just for you, a juicy handpattied
burger made with a
touch of bacon all