Caribbean Palace

Caribbean
$$$$ ($14 and under)
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Editorial Review

Tucked in a Takoma Park strip mall, the frill-free takeout spot Caribbean Palace has offered home-style dishes of the West Indies since 1991. Owner and Trinidad native Jeff Balgobin opened it after working at an American burger restaurant.

The menu is mostly dedicated to giant roti, or Caribbean wraps. Stuffed to the brim, roti are filled with curried meat, fish or vegetables, each paired with ground split peas. Bones are traditionally included to add flavor, so diners who bite with abandon should opt for the slightly pricier, but tooth-friendly boneless chicken over the regular chicken. Goat, typically gamey, is instead meltingly tender and mild, but watch for the large bones.

Vegetarians will eat well with fillings of potato, spinach or channa (a chickpea stew). The vegetarian doubles, curried chickpeas fried between two pieces of unleavened barra bread and topped with pepper sauce, are among the most popular items. When a less messy meal is in order, Caribbean Palace dishes up a variety of dinner plates. The jerk chicken dinner presents three small peppery breasts with sides of plantains, spinach and dirty rice. Curries are available as dinner plates, too: beef, goat or chicken, or the three combined in an ambitious order that nearly overflows its container. Portions are massive, but that just means more food to enjoy later.

-- Erin Hartigan (April 24, 2012)

Reader Reviews

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I Highly Recommend

Food is great; best roti in the area. The reviewer before me states that she had a goat rotisserie - what the hell is she talking about? ROTI is what we eat in the Caribbean. Are you a troll who just makes up bad reviews? Keep in mind that slander can be dealt with through the courts. Great food - you can't go wrong if you want authentic Trini food.

I Highly Recomment

Food is great; best roti in the area. The reviewer before me states that she had a goat rotisserie - what the hell is she talking about? ROTI is what we eat in the Caribbean. Are you a troll who just makes up bad reviews? Keep in mind that slander can be dealt with through the courts. Great food - you can't go wrong if you want authentic Trini food.

Submitted by mobile user Cynthia Worme

I bought a goat. rotisserie for $10.00 last night was disappointed. there was 1 scraps of meat although. the roti was tasty I did not ask for a vegetabneed to give you what you you ask for.

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