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Choolah review: new restaurant opens in the Inn Between, replacing Tuscan Oven

New food option, Choolah, offers modern Indian cuisine for students.

At the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic year, a new option arrived at The Inn Between at John Carroll University. In a refreshing change, Choolaah took the place of the previous Tuscan Oven, offering a culturally diverse dining experience. Choolaah introduces a dynamic Indian BBQ concept, providing students with a unique opportunity to broaden their palate and try something different. This new change has not only brought a new dimension to the campus dining scene but has also sparked a sense of curiosity among students eager to explore the rich and flavorful world of Indian cuisine.

Choolaah gives students the option of a build-your-own bowl called “Choolaah Power Bowl.” Although the options may seem limited, the bowl comes with a white rice base, your choice of protein that includes chicken, paneer, and croquettes, as well as a selection of Masala or Daal with an assortment of sauces you can add to the dish.

“Choola surprised me with how good it is, everything is seasoned well and tastes great.” Jessica Judd’ 24 told The Carroll News. “I’ve been looking forward to a new place to eat in The Inn Between”

John Carroll took to Instagram to announce the change from Tuscan Oven to Choolaah. When asked about when Tuscan Oven will be back from a student in the comment section, John Carroll Eats replied “Next year we are looking into revolving concepts with The Inn Between!”

As a picky eater who sticks to chicken tenders and a nice cold soda, I decided to try it for myself. I ordered the Choolaah power bowl with white rice, chicken, chickpea masala, and “woah” hot sauce. While I had my doubts initially, it only took a few bites for me to embrace the new flavor. My initial hesitation was mainly because the first bite introduced various new tastes that I was unfamiliar with. However, after a few spoonfuls, I can confidently say that I thoroughly enjoyed the new cuisine and I have no complaints about it.

“It’s more of a hit than a miss, I’m waiting for the quality to drop for when we get farther into the semester.” Logan Sindone ‘24 told The Carroll News. “It’s a commonly perceived notion that, as we get deeper into the semester of each school year, the quality dips due to the higher demand. I obviously hope we don’t see a drop in quality, but going into my senior year, I’m more inclined to go off of past experiences, even with all of the improvement that Parkhurst has made. However, expecting the ball to drop doesn’t mean it will.”

If you are looking for a new dining option on campus that differs from your typical late-night burger and fries, Choolaah is the place to try. With their exotic flavors and mix-match options, you will not be disappointed.

You can order Choolaah at The Inn Between through the GET Mobile app. Click on Choolaah, choose a pickup time, customize your power bowl, select payment and be prepared for new and flavorful fun!

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Aliyah Shamatta, Multimedia: Visual and Technical Editor
Aliyah Shamatta is a senior from Parma, Ohio. They are a Communications major with a concentration in Digital Media and a double minor in Leadership development and Peace, Justice, & Human Rights. Around campus, you can find Aliyah being involved with WJCU as the Social Media Director, hosting their genre show “Do It For The B-sides”, and being a heights DJ. Other involvements include being in the Kappa Delta sorority, Orientation Leader, and a class of 2024 senator. From Halloween to horror, Aliyah loves anything that is spooky-related. Outside of school, you can find them taking daring adventures, playing video games, graphic design, and painting while watching the sunset. In their future, they want to work with companies' social media accounts and have a side broadcasting career.

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