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Café Trinidad

by User ImageMatt B on January 30th, 2008

trinidad tobago flag Upon first walking into Caf' Trinidad, you might assume it's a Jamaican restaurant. However, Trinidad offers a West Indian cuisine that is much subtler than its Caribbean counterpart. This can be attributed to Trinidad and Tobago's geographies, exposing them to African, Indian, and even British influences.

One main ingredient found in many of the entr'es is the roti'a soft flat bread cooked over a flat iron griddle. It is similar to the Latin American tortilla. Customers can fill this with everything from beef to veggies to goat. Fried chicken wings look deceptively familiar but are seasoned with regional spices. Tobago, Trinidad's northeastern neighbor, makes an appearance on the menu as well via the curry crab and dumplings. And don't forget about delicious sides like red beans and rice or macaroni pie. Finally, wash everything down with a glass of sorrell, ginger beer, or wonderful mauby.

cafe trinidad roti wrap Mind you, if you're not a fan of curry, this may not be the place for you. It's used in many of the dishes. Also, a word of warning: if the menu doesn't explicitly say the chicken is boneless, don't assume that it is! All in all though, if you're looking for a flavor that is authentically Caribbean, you can't beat Chicago's first (and only) Trinidadian eatery.

Caf' Trinidad ($): 557 E 75th St; 773-846-8081
Tues ' Thurs: 11:00 a.m. ' 8:00 p.m.
Fri ' Sat: 11:00 a.m. ' 9:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. ' 7:00 p.m.
Street parking
Public trans: Bus # 3, X3, 75

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