Colleyville's THE Cajun Market serves up Bayou cooking

Phil and Deborah Tullis opened THE Cajun Market together last year. Now, Deborah runs the business while Phil has pivoted to focus on a new venture: wholesale seafood. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Phil and Deborah Tullis opened THE Cajun Market together last year. Now, Deborah runs the business while Phil has pivoted to focus on a new venture: wholesale seafood. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Phil and Deborah Tullis opened THE Cajun Market together last year. Now, Deborah runs the business while Phil has pivoted to focus on a new venture: wholesale seafood. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Gator bites, made with real alligator, are among the items recently added to THE Cajun Market’s menu. (Courtesy THE Cajun Market)
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In addition to hot food, THE Cajun Market also sells seasonings, sauces, meats and more items that are hard to find outside of Cajun country. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Phil Tullis said he was inspired to open THE Cajun Market because it was hard for him to find authentic Cajun food in Texas, and he suspected others had the same problem. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
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In addition to hot food, THE Cajun Market also sells seasonings, sauces, meats and more items that are hard to find outside of Cajun country. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
The food served at THE Cajun Market in Colleyville comes directly from owner Phil Tullis’ Louisiana roots.

Authentic Cajun cuisine can be found throughout the state and even some parts of southeast Texas. Recipes vary across that area, but THE Cajun Market has earned praise from Louisianians.

“People will come in the store and some will say, ‘It’s just like my grandmother’s,’” Tullis said. “Some will say, ‘It’s a little different, but it’s delicious.’”

THE Cajun Market serves a variety of Cajun dishes out of its kitchen, including favorites such as crawfish etouffee and boudin balls, which come with several kinds of stuffing. It also sells meat, seafood, seasonings and other items hard to find outside of Louisiana.

Because of his connections with crawfishers and other suppliers back home, Tullis gets weekly shipments of these items.


“I didn’t want to deal ... with the big boy food suppliers, not when I had the contacts directly,” he said. “That’s what I had. I grew up with them.”

Tullis and his wife, Deborah, opened THE Cajun Market in June 2020. Deborah now runs the market, although Tullis said that she says he is still the face of the business. She has added new menu items, including chicken sandwiches and brunch options.

Tullis is focusing on a new venture: Cajun Gulf Seafood, a wholesale supplier of the authentic Louisiana seafood that THE Cajun Market sells.

“[Cajuns] are one of the most outgoing, friendly, work-hard-play-hard, meet-no-strangers, give-you-the-shirt-off-our-backs cultures there is,” he said. “But if we have a negative, we are the most persnickety people in the world when it comes to food. So I knew deep down that if I couldn’t find it ... other Louisiana people couldn’t find it here.”

THE Cajun Market - 5409 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. 817-527-2175. www.thecajunmarket.com Hours: Closed Mon., Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
By Kira Lovell
Kira Lovell is a reporter covering Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth. Before joining Community Impact, she majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and covered education and local arts for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine.


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