Where to Eat if You Are a Parrot Head

I’m a ParrotHead, proud and simple, so when travels took me to Gulf Shores Alabama, visit to his Jimmy Buffett’s sister’s restaurant was a must.

Gulf Shores Alabama Lulu’s at Homeport Marina is a destination in its own right. In fact, many people who enjoy the white sand playground, buckets of shrimp and oysters, and bigger buckets of margaritas have no idea the family ties to this great place.

In the restauarant’s gift shop, you’ll find Lulu’s cookbook, in which Jimmy wrote the foreword, but there’s just a tiny corner of the shop dedicated to the books and music by big brother. gulf shores alabama

Parrott Head Cuisine

Her “Crazy Sista Cooking” is a must for anyone who loves a story behind the recipes. Lulu does that with her “cuisine and conversation.” She tells stories behind the Margarita Cheesecake recipe and shares the menu from her momma’s 80th birthday party, among other treats. There’s one story about shipping a West Indies Salad to Montana for Christmas that will make you want to alter your traditional holiday recipes. 

And then, of course, there’s an entire section devoted to boat food picnic recipes.


Alabama Caviar – recipe found on page 92

While Jimmy has occasionally played at Lulu’s, there is good music here every night. Great local and regional artists are on stage contributing to the low-key, vacation-everyday-atmosphere.  

Whenever you go to Gulf Shores – and you should go often – follow Lulu’s philsophy about cooking and entertaining.  I’m quite sure it’s one that her big brother would approve of:

Play, get crazy!


Jimmy Buffett's Sister's restaurant

That’s Dylan with a plate of Key Lime Pie with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream. Recipe on page 188.








5 thoughts on “Where to Eat if You Are a Parrot Head

  1. This place is soooooo delicious I love sandwiches!!!!

    I loveeee this place and I want a sandwich like right now!! Love y’all so much

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