The Eatery at Tullulahs’ in Bay Shore
There’s something about the name “Tullulah” that attracts us. Maybe it whispers of something sultry and Southern, or perhaps it reminds us of that plucky character Towanda from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Whatever it may be, we wanted to eat at The Eatery at Tullulah’s in Bay Shore the minute we were told about its interesting food and affordable BYOB policy.
The Eatery is another one of those small-plates-only establishments that are growing in popularity. We’re a big fan of this style of eating as it affords us the opportunity to taste many different things without becoming bored or being stuck with a large plate of something ho-hum. You can really have fun experimenting with items you might have shied away from at $32 a plate – but at $9, why not give it a shot? For our first trip there we were so excited that we ordered the first 12 out of 15 items on The Eatery’s menu. Let’s take a look at what we enjoyed…
A nice way to start off the meal, the burrata cheese had a solid mozzarella outer layer with a silken inside made from cream and mozzarella. The cheese was delicious and served with nice, chewy bread but truffle was not noticeable.
The charred, smokey flavor of the chorizo sausage was rounded out by the puddle of chili aioli then sweetened by the sauteed apples.
The smoked gouda cheese was an interesting addition to this classic and creamy dish while the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente.
A cajun risotto of sorts where the crawfish was sweet and tender, the asparagus crisp, the orzo toothsome. Delicious!
Small, succulent mussels swimming in a pool of garlicky, buttery wine sauce. A perfect execution of this dish and of course we sopped up all the juices with chunks of baguette.
A savory sausage and bread stuffing tucked into earthy mushrooms, then broiled to bring out the flavors and dusted with parmesan and scallions. Yum!
These incredibly tender, falling-off-the-bone ribs were fought over at our table while the slaw didn’t quite deliver the anticipated spicy kick.
Juicy medium-rare hanger steak atop crispy hot fries. The balsamic glaze was a wonderful departure from ketchup, but where was the flavor of truffle?
Now this was the dish that swept us all off of our feet and had us clamoring for more, then fighting over the last bite. If it’s not already a staple on their ever-changing menu, it should be.
Sweet, chewy apricots and crunchy almonds kicked this shrimp risotto up a notch.
Put a fried egg on top of pretty much anything and we’ll eat it, so we were very excited to try this dish. However the egg was not runny enough and the truffle essence was barely there. A little disappointing…
The savory sausage with sweet potatoes was a nice, hearty dish and a good way to end the savory portion of our meal.
These hot fried balls dusted with powdered sugar were a cross between beignets from New Orleans and fried dough from the Feast of San Gennaro. The mixed berry compote was both sweet and tart, the perfect complement to the zeppole.
The main dining room at The Eatery is small and seats about 20 people at a time. They don’t take reservations, so get there early or be prepared to wait. During nicer weather there are more tables available in the back garden, which is where we chose to dine. Funky art and mixed “chill” music added a lovely bohemian feel to our experience. All the servers were very friendly and seemed as excited as we were about the dishes they were serving. A very reasonable BYOB charge of just $3 per bottle means you can spend your money on extra dishes to enjoy.
The Eatery at Tullulah’s
12 Fourth Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11706