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By John Mullen
Sept. 29, 2017 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Everybody would love to have a Crazy Sista to have fun. Even better would be a Crazy Sista who had mad skills in the kitchen. Well, everybody does have that Crazy Sista: Lucy Buffett.
What could be zanier than making bread pudding out of Krispy Kreme donuts? Or saner than making a roux-based gumbo in a huge cast iron pot following Lucy’s grandmother’s recipe? It’s the most popular item on the menu. LuLu’s in Gulf Shores offers all this and much, much more.
Want to have fun with your Crazy Sista? At LuLu’s you can climb on the three-story Mountain of Youth ropes course, Munchkin Mountain ropes course for little tykes, an arcade brimming with games and revelry and a pile of sand to frolic on.
There’s also a fountain for youth play in, beach volleyball, cornhole and ring toss. And live music nightly to get your toes tappin’.
“We’re a fun, family entertainment destination,” Lucy says. “We want you to come here and have a good time. Our job is to make you forget about yours for a little while.”
Don’t forget, the Crazy Sista can cook, too. The LuLu’s menu is full of tasty and innovative offerings, all cooked up fresh to Lucy’s specifications. All the sauces and dressing are made in-house. Every dish is made in house.
Notables, besides the Krispy Kreme bread pudding and Lucy’s signature gumbo, include the “Pamenna” Cheeseburger. It has a fried green tomato with bacon and the pimento cheese melts right in there.
Some of the best seafood around is also waiting for you, grilled or fried and, again, done to meet Crazy Sista standards.
“It’s Southern hospitality at its best with Southern coastal cuisine,” Lucy says. “The onion rings are hand battered.”
Fried items are battered in Lucy’s perfected flour blend. Other notables include the now-famous crab claws and a shrimp po’ boy laden with delicious shellfish.
With Fish Trax, you can find out where your red snapper dinner was caught and who caught it. Lucy calls it “Gulf to table.”
LuLu’s smoked tuna dip is chunky and freshly cooked on the smoker out back. Pulled pork from the smoker is used on everything from nachos to a good ol’ BBQ sandwich.
Diners with allergies have a menu and an area of the kitchen all to themselves. Managers take orders from the allergy menu and they are specially made to order. Menus offer foods free of gluten, seafood, shellfish, dairy, soy and eggs.
With all this to offer, LuLu’s is a popular place and there’s plenty to keep you busy if there’s a wait. During the busiest times, LuLu’s serves as many as 3,500 guests a day.
“We feel like a lot of families come here because they do want the whole experience,” Lucy says. But you don’t have to wait.
You can go online to beat the line. Visit the website to get on the waiting list for parties of up to 10. If you have more than 10, put yourself down two or three times to get the number of folks seated.
“You can see what the wait time is, enjoy the few moments of vacation with your family and not have to wait,” Lucy says.
Another feature is the Bama Breeze Bar overlooking the Marina entrance and Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a stand-alone operation with its own bar and kitchen.
“When you want to sit outside and watch the kids play in the sand, you can do that,” Lucy says.
Bring a taste home by picking up Lucy’s cookbooks. One features favorites from the restaurant, “LuLu’s Kitchen Cookbook.” The most recent, “Gumbo Love,” has Lucy’s favorites from travels on the Gulf Coast from Mexico to the Keys and even some Cuban influences.
All brought to you by a staff that’s happy to be there... “Our staff is family,” Lucy says. “If we take good care of them, they take good care of the guests.”
The Crazy Sista has expanded her Gumbo Love to a Destin location and a new one is coming to Myrtle Beach in 2018.
Check out more information on LuLu's in our restaurant listings.