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Afro-Panamanian cooking displays a wild assortment of influences-the wonderful deep-fried flatbread called ojaldo points to Africa and India. This hopping Prospect Heights café and social club features snacks and filling soups at lunch, and more ambitious sit-down meals at suppertime. Favorite dish: curried liver and onions.
As the Panama Canal proves to be more and more popular as a tourist destination, we search in vain for places serving authentic Panamanian fare, and always end up returning to Kelso Restaurant by Veronica, which advertises its purview as "Panamanian, West Indian, Spanish, and American," which pretty much sums up the cuisine. There you'll find African flatbreads, Creole soups, and--the piece d'resistance--curried liver and onions. 648 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-857-4137 (11238) More »
Loaded with Scotch bonnet peppers, the searing green hot sauce might be Haitian or Trinidadian, while the tortillas ($1 each) mimic Colombian arepas, only coarser and oilier. Higado ($4) reprises the kind of liver and onions that parents once... More »