There's something about island fare that's so alluring for mainlanders. Sure, plenty of us have had a taste of Jamaican jerk chicken, Cuban ropa vieja, Puerto Rican mofongo, or Bahamian-style conch salad.
But you haven't really lived until you've sampled the Indian-influenced fare from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. Many dishes have "funny" names, use exotic ingredients, and offer plenty of curry and spice.
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5. Priya's Roti Shop
8007 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. Call 954-345-0559, or visit priyasfoods.com.
Dish not to miss: curry conch roti
A few words of advice for anyone visiting Priya's: Get there early. The chef-owner makes everything from scratch each day, which means when the ingredients run out, you're out of luck until tomorrow. Among the most popular dishes is shrimp roti, which customers love to eat along with the chef's homemade pepper sauce. But if you spot curry conch roti on the menu, get that instead. Tender nubs of conch meat practically melt in your mouth, smothered in a mild, spice-flecked curry sauce that pairs well with a stewed potato side. Both taste even better when scooped up with handfuls of fresh-made, steaming-hot dhal puri roti.
4. Cricket Roti Shop
1601 N. State Road 7, Lauderhill. Call 954-485-0606, or visit their Facebook page.
Dish not to miss: buss-up-shot
Convenience store food is never fresh, but this is one restaurant — located inside the BP station store at the corner of State Road 7 and NW 16th Street in Lauderhill — that puts all other in-store gas station food to shame. The Cricket Roti chef works out of a tiny kitchen at the back of the shop offering a full menu of Trini food from roti and doubles to aloo pie and
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3. Singh's Roti Delight
4244 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes. Call 954-735-4686, or visit singhsrotidelight.com.
Dish not to miss: bake and shark
If you consider yourself an adventurous foodie, having bake and shark at Trinidad's Maracas Bay should be high up on your list of things worth eating. Of course, you can get a pretty solid version right here in Lauderdale Lakes at Singh's. The menu doesn't disappoint when it comes to Trini food; the small eatery offers a good range of affordable appetizers like aloo pie,
2. Joy's Roti Delight
1235 N. State Road 7, Lauderhill. Call 954-587-7700, or visit joysrotidelight.com.
Dish not to miss: black pudding
Every Friday Joy's Roti Delight has something special on the menu: black pudding. No dessert, it's basically congealed pig fat, blood, and liver (or sometimes cow), usually mixed with a binder like oatmeal or rice and flavored with a number of spices including
1. Ali's Roti Shop
303 S. State Road 7, Plantation. Call 954-533-6017.
Dish not to miss: doubles
If you know Trini food, you know the $1 doubles at Ali's in Plantation can't
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.