Where to Eat if You Are a Parrot Head in Alabama

Lulu's Restaurant in Gulf Shores is owned by Jimmy Buffett's sister.Bruce and I are Parrot Heads, fans of Jimmy Buffett, so when travels took me to Gulf Shores Alabama, a visit to his little sister’s restaurant was a must.

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 restaurant’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.

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Parrot Head Cuisine in Gulf Shores Alabama

Crazy Sista Cooking is Lulu Buffett's cookbook

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.

A table spread with goodies at Lulu's Restaurant in Gulf Shores Alabama.

The Alabama Caviar recipe is found on page 82 in Lulu’s Cookbook.


Great food at Lulu's in Gulf Shores Alabama

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

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

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

Play, get crazy!





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