Here’s good news for Creolina’s fans who’ve missed its creamy crawfish etouffèe or hearty red beans and rice: Chef Mark Sulzinski is back at Himmarshee Village, cooking New Orleans-style at the new Bourbon on 2nd. Sulzinski set up shop in a Davie strip mall 261/2 years ago after losing the lease on his 12-year home on Southwest Second Street, but that move didn’t work out. Now, just in time for Mardi Gras, he’s a few doors east of the old Creolina’s spot as the chef, though not an owner, of Bourbon on 2nd. (We were disappointed that beloved waitress-hostess Rosa Mary “Rosie” O’Neal didn’t join him; she’s cooking breakfast at Webby’s in Plantation.)
Open since early January, the restaurant is still working out service issues. On our first visit, there were lots of lapses and a long wait for the check. We were happy to find a much smoother operation on our second trip, when a sweet, young server kept the meal well-paced.
Ambience: With doors open to the street, Bourbon looks like a lounge at first glance. There’s a stage near the entrance that hosts live music on weekend evenings. The former Porterhouse Bar and Grill space has been renovated, with more tables and comfy booths in back. The decor is pretty minimal, but elaborate chandeliers salvaged from the over-the-top Plum Room at defunct Yesterday’s add that funky New Orleans-style glam.
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