Cheap Eats 2011: Muffin Man Caribbean Cafe
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Muffin Man Caribbean Cafe
Address: 9434 Lanham-Severn Rd., Seabrook, MD 20706
Phone: 301-459-1144
Neighborhood: Seabrook
Cuisines: Caribbean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Rum-raisin, carrot-cake, and cranberry-nut muffins; goat roti; jerk shrimp; crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp with coleslaw and fries.

This Caribbean cafe is livened up with citrus-hued walls and tropical trees, but mostly with a case of two dozen varieties of colorful, moist muffins. With such flavors as sweet potato--its spicing evokes a pie--German chocolate, and white-chocolate/macadamia, many of them seem closer to cupcakes. While the muffins are tough to resist, the other food is reason enough to visit. Curries are the way to go. Try the chicken roti, a potato-studded curry wrapped in a flaky flatbread, or oxtail and goat curries, tender and aggressively--but nicely--spiced. Jerk chicken has lacked the dynamite heat that defines island cuisine, but the pepper-and-herb crust is still packed with flavor. If you shy away from heat, go for the satisfying honey-glazed Ziggy Wings.

Also good: Rum-raisin, carrot-cake, cranberry, and cream-cheese/streusel muffins; jerk shrimp; stuffed shrimp with fries and coleslaw.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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