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Comfort food, Cajun charm on menu at Tutti’s

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Tutti’s A Place For Foodies opened June 15 and offers coffee and upscale comfort food including meatloaf, sandwiches and Cajun favorites. Photo by Collette Orquiz

A transformed 100-year-old bungalow is doling out upscale comfort food on the near-South Side as Tutti’s A Place For Foodies.

General manager and chef Kyle Breaux said the causal eatery, which was waiting on a gas line, opened June 15.

“We’re just a neighborhood restaurant with a coffee bar. We’ll have beer and wine, but we’re going to be food first,” Breaux said.

Tutti’s is located at 318 E. Cevallos St.

Two years in the making, its owner is Donna “Tutti” Norling. In the New Orleans area where she’s from, “tutti” is a Cajun term of endearment, according to Breaux.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, along with fresh coffee brewed with beans from Pulp Coffee Roasters and vegan pastries from Cake Thieves Bakery.

Two sous chefs will help cook meals, Breaux said.

“The combination of the three of us is going to create a lot of cool opportunities on the culinary side of all this,” he added.

Dishes include breakfast tacos, shakshuka, sandwiches, Frito pie, chicken potpie, meatloaf and a handful of Cajun selections such as red snapper with red beans and rice, crawfish étouffée and corn maque choux.

“It’s a lot of comfort foods with a little twist and a lot of Southern-style cooking,” the general manager said. “It’s got a little zing to it.”

Patrons can choose inside, front-of-restaurant or backyard tables. The latter has communal dining and an herb garden.

“The majority of our seating is … outside. We have such a small interior that we’re lucky to be able to capitalize on the outdoor seating as well,” Breaux said.

It’s also dog friendly.

Dine-in open, reservations start at 6 p.m. Takeout, delivery offered. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.

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