Dougays bring restaurant knowhow to Lumberton deli

Mike Dougay

Mike and Milly Dougay, or as their grandchildren affectionately call them, Boogie and Tootsie, have a reputation for bringing delicious cuisine and signature recipes to Southeast Texas. As the former owners of the Tamale Company and Willy Ray’s BBQ, these two know a little something about good food and fast service. When the couple retired to Lumberton about seven years ago, they thought they finally made it out of the restaurant business, but fans wanted more. So, after much consideration and a few new sandwich ideas, the dynamic duo opened up the casual café Boogie and Tootsie’s Deli in Lumberton.

The restaurant is located in Dippity’s old spot on South Main, but as you walk inside, you would never be able to tell. The entire restaurant has been remodeled with a New Orleans theme. Old-fashioned iron windows hang from red brick walls, and other antique pieces decorate the interior to make you feel like you are right on Royal Street in the French Quarter; brass instruments hang from the celling to really jazz up the place! From picking out lamps and furnishings to selecting the highest quality of meats and produce, Mike and Milly are completely hands-on with all decisions made, and the proof is in the bread pudding … and the sandwiches, salads and soups.

What we ate

We tried three types of sandwiches, a salad, two soups, a burrito, and three different desserts. Each plate had its own unique flavor, and some even had a bit of nostalgia from the couple’s former restaurants.

The Club – Smoked turkey breast and Virginia smoked ham, Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, leaf lettuce, tomato, stone ground mustard and chipotle mayo on wheat berry bread. This was a serious sandwich with layer after layer of juicy turkey, ham and tangy mayo. The bacon was thick and crispy; it was beautiful.

Chicken Salad Sandwich – Chicken, mayo, eggs, onion, celery, cilantro, green onions and leaf lettuce served on wheat berry bread. Cilantro added extra flavor to this creamy concoction of fresh cubed chicken breast and mayo. The berry wheat bread was a plus.

Grilled Chicken Willy – Chargrilled chicken breast with a light swipe of barbecue sauce, served with chipotle mayo, melted provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Applewood smoked bacon on an onion bun. A true ode to the bangin’ barbecue joint Willy Ray’s, this sandwich had grilled chicken smothered with sweet barbecue sauce on a fluffy onion bun. This is our favorite, maybe it’s because we miss Willy.

Caribbean Salad – Spanish rice layered with mixed greens, T.C. black beans, diced grilled chicken breast, chopped tomatoes and a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Served with spicy homemade hot sauce for dressing. Tamale Company’s Spanish rice is a wonderful surprise under this giant salad. The salsa dressing is also a fun way to play up the flavors in the bowl.

Black Bean Burrito – A flour tortilla filled with black beans, topped with queso and pico de gallo with a side of Spanish rice. This is perfect for the vegetarian patron, and will leave them feeling full. Man, those black beans are good.

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings – Fresh flour dumplings, seasoned chicken in a rich, creamy soup. We could not stay away from these little dumplings. Delicious.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Tender, shredded chicken and juicy, sliced sausage in earthy, dark homemade roux. This gumbo isn’t too spicy but had enough flavor to keep you wanting more. Just make sure you get the big bowl.

Bread Pudding – From scratch, aromatic bread pudding in spiced rum sauce. The nutmeg and cinnamon dance around you before you dive into this one-of-a-kind pudding.

Turtle Cake – Decadent, chocolate cake layered with caramel, pecans and chocolate sauce, which makes it gooey with a perfect richness.

Carrot Soufflé – Puréed sweet carrots baked to fluffy perfection. The creamy soufflé is mouthwatering and perfect for side dish or a dessert this holiday. It needs to be mentioned that all deserts are made in house.

Live music every Tuesday through July 21 has been added, featuring the sounds of singer Regina Bolton, Will Lewis on guitar and Kenny Gibson on the keys.

Boogie and Tootsie’s offer beef tips, which customers are raving about on Facebook, wraps, soups, meat, fruit, and veggie trays as well as catering and they accept call-in orders at (409) 755-3000. For a view of their complete menu, view boogietootsiesdeli.com.

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