Tupelo in Cambridge
Tupelo is opening on April 23rd, and I'm pretty excited!
No menu posted yet that I have found, but this is what they posted on Twitter:
Concept: Comfort Food with a Southern Drawl. Gumbo, grits, daube of beef, roast chicken, biscuits. Beer & wine.
Chef: Rembs Layman - worked at Providence, Chez Henri, Pomodoro (also did winter menu), Matt Murphy's, La Morra. Mother from New Orleans.
Desserts: Renee McLeod of Petsi Pies owner, so pies. Tosci ice cream. Banana pudding, bread pudding, cobbler.
I really hope they have something with andouille.... also, a weekend brunch would make my year!
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My wife and I went last night. They serve sweet tea, and banana pudding, so it's Southern enough for me. Definitely going for more of a cajun/creole style.
Apps that I remember from the menu: couple of salads, fried oysters, crab salad with toast points (delicious!!!), shrimp remoulade
entrees: beer-battered spinach crepes (my wife had these- rich, but also much lighter than one would expect), half roasted chicken with cheese grits and greens, daube of beef, fried catfish, pork chops (I had these- two perfectly done thin bone-in chops. A little too much of a flour taste on some bites but nice and peppery. Reminds me of the pork chops you get for breakfast sometimes down south. Served over delicious red beans and rice with a honey biscuit.)
Dessert is done by the owner of Petsi Pie's. I had a banana pudding that was out of this world. The closest I've found yet to my childhood memories of banana pudding. I have to say, as good as the homemade vanilla wafers (and they were very, very good) were, I still would've rather had Nilla wafers. Call me a purist. My wife got a strawberry rhubarb cobbler. It could've been a little tarter for me, but still, very good and very true to tradition.
Beer and wine only.
We'll definitely be back- I saw the daube of beef and the catfish on other tables and they both looked worth coming back for.
Here's the full menu, from their facebook page:
Mixed lettuces, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette. 5
Baby Spinach and apple salad with Creole vinaigrette. 5
Fried oysters with green tomatoes and traditional tarter sauce. 8
Southern spiced turkey meatballs with a wedge of French bread for mopping up. 6
Deviled Crab salad served with garlic toasts. 7
Shrimp Remoulade with two sauces. 8
Seafood Creole over rice. 7
Jambalaya and Etouffee. 7
Beer Batter Crepes: Creamed spinach filled crepes topped with smoked mozzarella, slow roasted tomatoes and shaved fennel salad. 12
Daube of Beef: Beef braised in red wine with hominy mashed potatoes, slow cooked greens and Creole horseradish cream. 15
Half Roasted Chicken: Bourbon-Maple BBQ chicken with cheddar grits, sweet onions and quick dressed greens. 14
Fried Cat Fish: Crispy Cat fish with fresh green tomatoes, parsley potatoes and pickled jalapeno aioli. 14.5
New Orleans Gumbo: Classic Southern stew of andouille sausage and
pulled chicken. 9
Pan Roasted Pork Chops: Served, roasted and served over Charlotte Andry’s red beans and rice. 14
Parsley mashed potatoes. 5
Hominy mashed potatoes. 5
Braised Hearty Greens. 5
Cheddar Grits. 5
Red Beans and Rice. 5
We went on Sunday night and am very happy with this addition to Inman Sq.
Pimento cheese (freebie starter) - set the mood well
Fried Oysters - Fried just enough, Not too chewey. Portion was a little small (3) but with all the other food it was ok.
Deviled Crab - OMG! Delicious!
Beer battered crepes (veg) - looked like a small portion on the plate but rich and filling
Shrimp & Grits - OMG! Ridiculously delicious! This was a special of the day and I hope it makes it on to the menu permanently!
Collard Greens - a little soupy but not bad
Chocolate bread pudding - This was our only dud. It's the wrong season for something this rich and heavy. And, it desperately needed a scoop of vanilla (which we asked for). I'm excited to go back and order some of the lighter/fruitier desserts though.
Coffee - individual presses, flavorful
Equally as satisfying as the food is the mood overall. It's comfortable, home-y, and neighborhood-y. The staff is super friendly and very attentive (but not too in your face). The prices are very reasonable as well.
We'll definitely be back.
Went to Tupelo last night and had a wonderful meal. The special appetizer of fried grits was good but not out of this world and the bread basket was just all right. But I loved the fried catfish which I substituted with hominy mashed potatoes (out of this world) and pickled green tomatoes (LOVED the green tomatoes). The dessert of mixed berry pie with buttermilk ice cream was okay. I found the pie too sweet but won't hold it against them since the pies and ice cream aren't made in-house.
The white watermelon sangria was refreshing since the place was packed and hot.
Best of all, this place is REALLY reasonably priced - which is a rare find for decent food. Like beforesunrise, I'll definitely return there again.
Saw the article get announced on Thrillist Boston. Definitely looking forward to trying the place out.