Chef/owner Mark Sulzinski's Cajun and Creole restaurant has managed to survive hurricanes, recession, and three locations since it first opened in 1991, all while continuing to serve down-home Louisiana cooking with a Southern twist. Its current home in the western stretches of Davie may be the most challenging place it has occupied yet. But Creolina's best feature - the ability to transport you to a place at a bountiful, Southern table - remains intact, whether the method of transport is a slice of bourbon-soaked bread pudding or the playful affectations of one of the richest wait staffs in South Florida. Veteran waitress Rosie O'Neal is still there, though playing a diminished role. And the already deep menu of crawfish bisque, etouffee, blackened dolphin, and shrimp piquant is now accompanied by affordably priced Southern favorites like chicken and dumplings, country-fried steak, and ribs. Portions are gigantic, so whether you're eating in or taking it to go, be prepared to finish leftovers the next day.
The shrimp and grits in front of me at Creolina's Dixie Takeout in Davie fill the entire white, oval plate. Almost two dozen plump shrimp are bathing in a pool of pink tasso cream sauce so abundant that it's managed to spread underneath the dish... More »
My sister and I used to call the last day of the weekend "Eating Sunday," which means that we would stuff our faces all day long in anticipation of a fresh week of dieting. I've recovered from the binge-and-purge lifestyle, but I still enjoy the... More »
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