Starters: Toutant speaks with Southern accent
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Friday, May 15, 2015
When Toutant opened last night, I was there. Not to review the place, at 437 Ellicott St. It can take months of fine-tuning before restaurants show their true colors.
I went because chef-owner James Roberts, a native of Louisiana, is offering dishes in his native tongue. He has a Southern accent. “Cast iron cornbread baked to order, $5” the menu said, and I wanted some. And some hush puppies, crab bisque, Gulf shrimp, fried chicken, housemade sausage, barbecue, biscuits, beignets and peanut butter fudge.
That sounds like a lot. In my defense, I never did order the fudge.