Tooloulou (529 E Belvedere Ave.)

Cajun is a style of cooking native to the South, specifically the Louisiana region. The style refers to a series of spices and seasonings special to the area and preparation.

As many of you know, I am always looking for somewhere new to try.

After looking through The Baltimore Sun’s restaurant columnist, Richard Gorelick’s, section, I knew where I had to go. The Cajun inspired restaurant Tooloulou, was next on the list of GoodEats.

Tooloulou, meaning petit crab or fiddler crab in Cajun, is located in Belvedere Square Market off of York Road. The restaurant itself is nothing special, a small area comprised of a few cooking appliances, a pizza oven and a counter where your orders taken.

Tooloulou's storefront. Photo by Taylor Seidel/TU Student.

Tooloulou’s storefront. Photo by Taylor Seidel/TU Student.

Don’t be worried about seating; the market has tons of tables around all of the different stands and restaurants.

The menu is compiled of sandwiches, po’boys (a Louisiana style sub served on French bread), pizzas, salads and specials. As made evident by the Cajun inspired name, the majority of the menu items had a Louisiana flare.

After some suggestions, I had to go with the daily special, a fried chicken sandwich served on a jalapeno cheddar biscuit with a blackberry whiskey remoulade ($13). To be honest, I was nervous at first when I ordered it, but let me tell you that this sandwich was amazing. Juicy chicken with a tart sauce and a spicy biscuit, perfectly balanced.

The Fried Chicken Sandwich Special. Photo by Taylor Seidel/TU Student.

The Fried Chicken Sandwich Special. Photo by Taylor Seidel/TU Student.

We also ordered the fried oyster po’boy ($13). Plump and juicy oysters lightly fried and served with lettuce, tomato, spicy Cajun pickles and Tabasco remoulade. Also suggested was the Coca-Cola ham ($10), marinated slices of ham served as a sandwich and salad. Lastly, not to be forgotten were the pizzas. The Tooloulou pizza ($14) is the house specialty topped with white sauce, crab, Andouille sausage, banana peppers, mozzarella and a sprinkle of Old Bay.

The food and service were fantastic. Tooloulou is a small restaurant with some huge flavors. The food was fresh and really gave the diner something different.

Until next time. I wish you GoodEats!

Edited by Jared Kurlander.

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