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Creolina's: New Name/New Location

Alfred G Jan 12, 2011 01:02 PM

Thanks to Check Please, South Florida: Many of you have asked about the whereabouts of Creolina's, the Cajun hole-in-the-wall that received rave reviews from our guests last season. Unfortunately, since the episode was taped, the chef/owner closed his doors at his West Broward location, upsetting many fans looking for their collards and cornbread fix.

Well, we've got good news for you Cajun food junkies out there. Mark Sulzinski has re-opened in the downtown Ft. Lauderdale area. He says you'll find the same down-home menu items at his new place called "Bourbon on 2nd" located at: 201 S.W. 2nd Street in Ft. Lauderdale.

209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

  1. freakerdude Jan 13, 2011 08:24 AM

    Now I will have 2 more choices for shows at Revolution....Rok: Burger and Bourbon on 2nd. I haven't had good cajun food in over 4 years. Tarpon Bend was just ok from my few visits.

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    1. re: freakerdude
      CFByrne Jan 13, 2011 09:27 AM

      The Radiators from New Orleans will be at Revolution this spring. Good time to have some Nawlins food pre-show!

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      SaminSFL Jan 13, 2011 09:26 AM

      I am SOO glad to hear that!

      1. dbarnard Jan 18, 2011 09:46 AM

        Stopped by for dinner on Friday... they're still working the kinks out. I had the shrimp Jambalaya, wife had crawfish etouffee. Both plates looked exactly alike, so I don't know whether I had etouffee or jambo, but I'm leaning towards the former. Horrid problems with the sound system, so the band came through distorted with the occasional loud feedback.

        I'll give them a few weeks, and then try back. I want this place to succeed, we need some good N.O. food in FTL! After getting MSG'd at Shuck and Dive, I'll never go back there.

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        1. re: dbarnard
          CFByrne Jan 18, 2011 11:09 AM

          Creolina's etoufee, jambalya, and for that matter, gumbo, have always been very similar to each other. I never really cared too much though because whatever it was, I liked it!

          209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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          southocean Jan 18, 2011 10:34 AM

          Three friends went last Friday night, on my recommendation. They said the sound was good. They all three ordered dinner, but only one came out of the kitchen. Apparently, no one could figure out where the other two dinners were. They escalated things beyond the clueless waitron, and eventually argued the manager into comping the one meal of the three ordered.

          That's more than 'kinks,' especially for someone as experienced in running a joint as Sulzinski. That's downright incompetence.

          I agree we need good Cajun/Creole food in town, but so far, they're being their own worst enemies!

          1. CFByrne Aug 9, 2011 05:35 AM

            Stopped in here last night. Had a bowl of gumbo and crawfish etouffee. They were both just as I remembered, basically the same dish with the same dark roux. I am sure if I'd gotten the jambalaya that would have been the same as well.

            Apparently Mark Sulzinski indeed helped open Bourbon on 2nd as chef - but not owner - in January. However, he left sometime in the spring. However his menu is still in place with his long-time sous chef in the kitchen.

            Meanwhile, I heard a rumor Chef Mark has since moved to Nawlins - but could not confirm this.

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              SouthFloridaFoodNerd Aug 13, 2011 01:10 AM

              it took 2.5 hours to order lunch, eat it and get the bill. there was only one other table occupied in the entire restaurant.

              it took 45 minutes alone to get them to take our order. did i mention there was only one other table occupied? i had to eventually stand by the kitchen door and beg every front of house staff member to get someone to take our order.

              the food was ok, but it wasn't as good as it used to be.

              i must ask this question: how does a business fail in a tiny spot on himarshee, be forced to move to a tiny storefront in front of a trailer park out west off the highway, and then fail there only to get funding to open a gigantic place back on himarshee? and then have such terrible service, like they don't even want business...? something funny is going on.

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              1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd
                CFByrne Aug 13, 2011 03:10 AM

                SFFN, I ate at the bar, and the bartender was actually terrific, and each time I ordered something it came out in 5 minutes.

                That said, it is a BIG place, it was 8PM, and there were maybe 3 other people in the joint.

                The questions you ask are good ones... it doesn't seem to make business sense. Plus - I know a lot of folks get excited by Cajun type food - but I think it turns off just as many (or more).

                In other words, I think its kind of a small niche - and that calls for a small restaurant, and probably not one in a high-rent district. Their fans will follow them. Mark's first place was actually amidst transmission shops in the middle of nowhere, and it was always packed.

              2. johnmlinn Aug 14, 2011 02:41 PM

                It's too bad about Creolina's. I really liked some things about Mark's Dixie Takeout incarnation, but found others very lacking. In particular, some of the food tasted like it was prepped and either frozen in quantity or just lasted too long due to lack of business.


                I still highly recommend Rosie Baby for a Cajun/Creole fix. Although it's no longer crawfish season, the po' boys -- particularly the fried oyster and fried catfish -- are out of this world good, comparable to some places I've tried in NOLA. The gator is also quite tasty and they make probably the best remoulade I've ever had.

                209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

                1. The Chowfather Aug 15, 2011 07:11 PM

                  My last visit to Creolina's was a huge bust that I have no desire to visit the new place in FLL. The jambalaya was mushalaya and that was the best dish I had.

                  I liked Rosie Baby on my only visit but it's located in the middle of nowhere

                  209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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                  1. re: The Chowfather
                    johnmlinn Sep 6, 2011 06:03 PM

                    Hey, some of us live in the middle of nowhere! ;-D

                  2. crowmuncher Sep 18, 2011 03:32 AM

                    like the old name better- i wonder why they changed it? Do you know if Rosie's still there? I haven't been there in years

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