The new place
It is Mardi Gras and I am sitting at the window, inhaling the nostalgia of Hillsborough’s historic flare, and the music inside La Place Louisiana Cookery is effectively creates the ambience of this new restaurant in Hillsborough.
The food here is obviously influenced by folks who know Creole and shrimp (say that while stretching out the lonely vowel in the middle) and here amongst the flare of a Southern town, Hillsborough’s newest restaurant is seasoned to feed those who crave authentic food.
“We really came here for the education,” says Andrea (pronounced with a long e), Tullos, wife of Joe Tullos, part owner of this new place to eat and inhale. “We wanted a place where the education, from elementary through High School and beyond, was better and more diverse than where we lived in New Orleans. So, we moved here in 1999 and this is home now.”
Along with Mat Fox, who is the owner of Wooden Nickel, the town’s old faithful, La Place is creating a palate based on legend and faithfulness to how New Orleans cuisine is prepared.
“People from La Place are passionate about food, and Joe can trace the roots of his family back 150 years, based on cooking and well-chewed recipes,” Tullos said.
Above the storefront, the legendary James Pharmacy sign adorns the west facing front of La Place as if to acknowledge the past while the ambience welcomes that which is new and from the territory of the bayou.
“Everything in here from the beverage menu to the food is reflective of the New Orleans culture,” said Craig Claycomb, manager of La Place.
Upon opening its doors, following grand renovation and updating the kitchen and food preparations area, La Place allows those window shopping from the sidewalk a transparent view of the inside and perhaps a hint of what dining fine-Cajun style is like.
Tullos plays homage to the personality of La Place by curing his own sausage. According to Andrea, “He devoted himself to learning how to make great sausage and there is no place in the world that makes sausage as authentic as La Place, La.”
There is jubilation upon realizing how paths cross and which steps lead us to our future. The Tullos family came to Hillsborough because of the education offered locally and they brought something genuine and full of flavor. From the window, one can taste the history of Churton Street and Hillsborough. From inside the restaurant, history of Cajun style is tasted, too, along with an authenticity of how one’s past affects the present and the future.
LEARN MORE ABOTU LA PLACE
Visit www.laplacehillsborough.com or find it on Facebook.
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