When you crave fried shrimp and seafood, LuLu's restaurant is the place to go. There are three locations including one in Destin, Florida.
Lucy Buffet has three signature restaurants that have a beachy theme - one in Gulf Shores, Alabama, one in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and one in Destin, Florida.
Each location is decked out in bright, welcoming colors and the atmosphere is lively.
If you decide that you just cannot get enough of LuLu's, you can always purchase one of her cookbooks in the gift shop.
The Destin location has all of the funky vibes that you expect from LuLu's, albeit on a smaller scale than the Gulf Shores locale. There is both an indoor and outdoor bar, serving up beach-themed libations like Homeport Margarita and Jet Ski Killer.
The Destin LuLu's dining area is spacious and can definitely accommodate crowds of hungry vacationers.
I recommend that you check-in online when possible. From past experience at the Gulf Shores location, it saved my family a lot of time by checking in using their website to save our place in line.
Perhaps because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I did not experience any difficulty showing up and getting a table. There was plenty of seating available, though it was not being utilized to keep patrons apart (social distancing).
By the outdoor bar, there is a fun, upbeat dining area.
There are fun things for little ones to do, making it a great place to get a bite and stretch out your legs on a long trip.
One item that I consider a must at LuLu's is the Jumbo Deep Fried Shrimp. It comes served with French Fries, Cole Slaw, and Corn & Cheddar Hushpuppies. The price (as of 10/16/2020) is $24.00 per shrimp basket.
The cost for two people enjoying shrimp baskets, 2 glasses of water, taxes, and Village Fee came out to $52.19. Add in the tip, and you are looking at the meal costing around $60 for two.
What is the Village Fee?
According to the Destin Log, Seaside, the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Destin Commons, Grand Boulevard and HarborWalk Village are just a few town and shopping centers that levy a fee of 1% to 3% onto customers' purchases to help fund arts and entertainment, including charity events, firework shows and concerts.
LuLu's is located at 4607 Legendary Marina Dr, Destin, FL 32541. (It's approximately 44 miles to the west of Panama City Beach.)