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Puerto Rico native Tony Panelli and Caribe (pronounced ca-REE-bay) chef/owner didn't grow up eating doubles, the famous Caribbean street snack, but the guy must be a quick study. The bread, or bara, is golden with turmeric and tastes like a cross between fry bread, roti, and naan. The chickpeas, or channa, are tender without being mushy, their interiors as creamy as custard. Pair it with jerk chutney and a little scotch bonnet hot sauce, and you'll have one of the best vegetarian sandwiches around. While the longtime local Caribbean eateries Marla's and Harry Singh's tend to focus on traditional cuisine from the West Indies (including delicious doubles), Panelli draws from the broader region, include more of the islands' Spanish and Latin influences, and create new fusion dishes. That means plump shrimp come slicked with a rum-molasses glaze, tattooed with black grill char, and served with curry-citrus rice. Or plantain-crusted grouper is served topped with a bright tomato/olive/caper sauce and plated with thin strips of taro root and yucca. Pair your meal with an imported Caribbean soda and squint your eyes while gazing on the restaurant's bright, beach mural tiny eatery becomes a poor man's seaside vacation.
There may be no greater vegetarian sandwich in the world than doubles—the famous street food of Trinidad and Tobago, made with two slices of quick bread and chickpea curry. A doubles is sometimes served open-face, other times curled like a taco,... More »
The signature street food of Trinidad and Tobago, doubles takes its name from two pieces of puffy fry bread, which are pinched together into a pocket and filled with a spicy chickpea mixture. And the ones served at Caribe Caribbean Bistro are laden with both flavor and heft. (One of the golden-hued pies makes a hearty snack; two, an entire, utensil-free meal.) Caribe's chef-owner Tony Panelli, a native of Puerto Rico, cooks dishes from all across the islands: grilled shrimp with a pepper-rum... More »
Full disclosure, I'm one of the owners! And I enthusiastically recommend my hubby's (the other owner) cooking. My personal favorite is the doubles and the island eggs benedict for brunch & a grapefruit soda.
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