|When I discovered that our trip to Alabama was going to be over Valentine’s day I was thrilled! I’ve never been to the Alabama Gulf Shore and I was sure there would be delicious food and unique restaurants to discover. Specifically, I wanted to uncover a hidden and romantic gem to set the scene for a romantic evening of indulging the senses. Something on the beach during sunset would fit the bill. I of course went to my Food Network Magazine for guidance and that’s where I found Lulu’s. Lulu’s is a family friendly restaurant featuring live music and outdoor seating. It serves hearty portions of American Cuisine such as shrimp baskets, nachos and burgers and fries. Although it sounded like a blast I wanted a more intimate setting with an upscale, diverse menu. I’ll return and visit Lulu’s someday but it was time to continue the search for my ideal valentine’s experience. I turned to the Trip Advisor app on my phone for more inspiration. After looking for a short time I found a newly opened cafe in the city of Gulf Shores. I looked it up right away and discovered it was right next door to Lulu’s and was owned by the same person, Jimmy Buffet’s sister. It boasted marina views and the food looked so splendid. I was sold!|
When Valentine’s evening arrived we excitedly dropped off our son at his Nana and Pop’s and made our way to the restaurant. Gulf Shores was only about 7 miles away from Foley where we were staying. When we arrived the light was already slanted and golden. It looked beautiful reflecting off the teal exterior of the coastal cafe in the distance. We walked hand in hand through the breezy doorway and were graciously greeted by the manager and hostess. We were immediately ushered to our table which had glorious views of the marina. I especially loved that we were seated by the kitchen! The atmosphere was casual with an air of class. The wood used for the structure of the building was weathered and it looked like it had a story of it’s own. I asked the manager about it and sure enough it did. It was reclaimed wood from a WWII Barricks in New York. The decor was coastal comfort and breezy elegance. The tables were set with Ball mason jars and fresh flowers.
Over the bar hung a large scrap metal shrimp constructed by a local Alabama artist. It was exquisite and it added to the relaxed coastal feel.
It’s a relaxing place with an open concept that makes you feel a sense of community with the other diners. The space embraces you and makes you want to linger.
Our waitress came over to take our drink orders and say hello. She was so kind and genuinely energetic about the menu. I chose a strawberry daiquiri mocktail while my husband chose a local Alabama beer called Naked Pig Pale Ale. They had a great selection of local beers including one created by the owner herself.
Our drinks came out in no time and we sipped on them as we excitedly began to look over the menu. The restaurant serves hot plates, cold plates and desserts. The waitress explained to us that Lucy wanted to serve smaller plates at Lucy B Goode as a nod to healthful eating. We decided to try an item from every category. For my cold plate I chose the iceberg salad with fresh cherry tomatoes, a creamy herb dressing, garlic croutons and fresh shaved parmesan.
GULF SHORES, AL 36542