West Indian Flavor
Published: September 22, 2010
2111 McElderry Street, (410) 522-0220
Caribbean food isn’t all that rare in Baltimore, but island cuisine is often overlooked by foodies, perhaps because so many restaurants are takeout only. While West Indian Flavor, located southeast of the Johns Hopkins medical campus, doesn’t have seats, its offerings are more adventurous than the typical jerk chicken stand. (Its other location, 5404 Park Heights Ave., does offer seating.) Start with the doubles, two round pieces of bread filled with curried chick peas and pressed together like a taco, and you’ll soon know why they are Trinidad and Tobago’s most popular street food. The roti comes two ways: buss-up-shut (“busted up shirt,” which looks just like it sounds), and dhalpouri, folds of bread ready for dipping in the restaurant’s many meat and vegetable offerings. West Indian Flavor is good by us.