The Pigeon Hole makes its debut on Main Street, Daphne

CindyPigeon-1Cindy Nicholson grew up in Mississippi surrounded by a family who enjoyed, appreciated and instilled in her the importance of a great Southern meal. She learned the good old fashioned way – from Mamaw and Papaw – and it is reflected in the recipes and techniques that she uses in her offerings that are now available to the public at her newly opened restaurant, The Pigeon Hole, located on Main Street in Daphne. Cindy loves to feed people and has always wanted to share her passion for Southern comfort food.

After working in restaurants for the past twelve years, her opportunity arose. Because of the variety of things she loves to cook she didn’t want to be pigeon holed into a limited menu. The terminology that she used to describe her predicament actually became the inspiration for the name that she chose for the restaurant. Cindy had actually managed the business that occupied the actual location that she now leases. The former tenant hired her to oversee the restaurant operation while he was of the country. She offered to purchase the business upon the owners return but was initially rejected. After a few months, Cindy was approached and offered the opportunity that she initially sought out. Cindy and her husband, Dan acquired the space and started the process of transforming the surroundings to their likings. Cindy desired to have a yellow awning in the front of the building and permission was granted to take down the existing overhang to accommodate her awning. Upon removal, there was structural damage that was uncovered that required some extensive work. That prevented customers from being able to enter the business through the front entrance. Cindy was determined that this was not going to hinder progress. She started promoting and serving a limited take out menu that was available through a side entrance and dubbed them her “side door specials”. Cindy looks at the process as a “blessing in disguise”. She has been able to make a gradual progression, building her staff and menu, working the kinks out along the way. The dining room officially opened the first time the night of one of Daphne’s Mardi Gras parades. The following Monday was the implementation of her full menu, Southern Cooking and Then Some. Daily specials, every day entrees with an extensive list of side items, burgers, brisket and sandwiches, soups, salads and even a squabs (kids) menu.

The full lunch menu is served from 11am until 2pm Monday through Wednesday and from 11am until 8pm on Thursday and Friday. A breakfast menu is the most recent addition. The Pigeon Hole is now serving breakfast from 7am until 10:30am. The menu for the most important meal of the day includes breakfast meals that include pork chops, brisket and eggs, country ham, biscuits and gravy, a breakfast casserole, french toast and pancakes. You can build your own omelette, sammich or stuffer or choose from the a la carte menu. Mimosas and wine cocktails are also available. Current business hours are Monday through Friday 7am-10:30am for breakfast and 11am until 2pm for lunch Monday through Wednesday. On Thursdays and Fridays the lunch menu is available until 8pm. Look for weekend hours to be announced soon. Call-in/pick-up orders are welcome and delivery is even available through DapperDeliveries.com for a small fee (charged by the delivery company).

The Pigeon Hole, 1716 Main Street, Daphne • (251) 222-4120 • Facebook “The Pigeon Hole” • www.pigeonholedaphne.com

The Crazy Sista’s Cookbook Launch Party at LuLu’s

It was a beautiful day to celebrate the re-release of Lucy Buffett’s popular cookbook. Lucy and her were host to a launch party at her Gulf Shores restaurant on Tuesday, April 26th as guests enjoyed complimentary refreshments & cookbook recipe samples.

Lucy self-published her cookbook, Crazy Sista Cooking, in 2007. Having sold over 70,000 copies, Lucy partnered with Grand Central to give an updated look to her collection of recipes and stories that made the Crazy Sista Cooking such a hit with readers and guests of her restaurants. Just released this month, the updated and repackaged version is entitled LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good LifeLuLu's Kitchen Cookbook Cover 2016LuLu’s Kitchen is Lucy Buffett’s culinary guide to classic Southern coastal cuisine and is packed with more than 120 signature recipes, originating not only from her childhood along the Gulf Coast, but also from the kitchens of her popular restaurants. This updated version includes a new introduction and headnotes, humorous stories and plenty of wit and wisdom from the original Crazy Sista. Featuring party menus, Buffett family favorites, and stories from Lucy’s own kitchen, this is a fun compilation to enjoy trying out her recipes, or perfect to just sit and read. Recipes include soul-satisfying Southern Coastal Cuisine delights like West Indies Salad, Perfect Fried Shrimp, Blackened Grouper Sandwich, Garlic Cheese Grits, Silver Queen Succotash, Key Lime Pie with Grand Marnier® Whipped Cream, and Krispy Kreme® UnChristmas Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce. Lucy has included a whole chapter of specialty drinks, including cocktails such as the “Bama Breeze” and “LuLu’s Painkiller.”

Lucy Buffett is more than the sibling of famous troubadour Jimmy Buffett, just as her business, LuLu’s, is more than a restaurant. As creator of the LuLu’s brand, Lucy has taken her initial dream, LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, to become a destination in itself serving some 750,000 customers a year. She opened her second LuLu’s location in Destin, FL in the summer of  2015 and it is sharing the successes of her Gulf Shores location.  From restaurants to clothing lines, cookbooks, Bloody Mary Mix, seasonings and sauces, a children’s book and the newly-launched Crazy Sista Honey Ale beer, Lucy Buffett combines true Southern graciousness and authenticity with the nerve of a successful entrepreneur. To learn more about Lucy Buffett, visit www.lucybuffett.com.