“I’ve waited 18 years and it finally happened. We have a fabulous Haitian restaurant in Maplewood!”
So said Maplewood Chamber Director Lorraine Labonne-Storch at the June 17 grand opening ribbon cutting for Woulibam Restaurant on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood. Added Labonne-Storch, “Congratulations to Woulibam on their Grand Opening!”
The family-run Woulibam at 1878 Springfield Avenue (near Prospect) bills itself as “Fine Caribbean Cuisine” with the focus definitely on Haiti. All your favorite Haitian delectables are here — from oxtail to legume to Pate Korde (traditional Haitian empanadas at 3/$10; 1/$3.50) to Poisson Gros Sel ($24.99) to Deep Fried Turkey (half $8.50; full $12) to Tasso de Chevre/Goat, which is “fried goat served with spicy pickliz, fried plaintains, aka and marinade” (half size $11.50; full $22.99).
The restaurant has “just the nicest owners you can imagine” said Julie Doran of the Springfield Avenue Partnership, and most importantly, the food is “DELICIOUS!”
Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams and Township Committeeman Frank McGehee attended the grand opening along with representatives from the Springfield Avenue Partnership and Maplewood Chamber of Commerce.
DeLuca pronounced himself a fan: “The food is delicious and a great addition to the diverse international flavors along the Avenue.”
McGehee was so excited that he live-streamed video from the opening on Facebook (see below). McGehee knows from Haitian — his wife, Marie, hails from Haiti, and McGehee himself has some Haitian ancestry.
Other menu items include Creole Chicken and Shrimp Pasta ($12.50), CaribbeanJerk Chicken ($16), Cajun Salmon ($22.99), Oxtail, BBQ Ribs ($14.50), Griot Lakay (deep fried pork at $1899 half; $14.99 full) and more.