Cheap Eats 2007: Caribbean Sea
Comments () | Published July 12, 2007
Caribbean Sea Seafood Market & Restaurant
Address: 6869 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 301-891-3497
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Seafood, Caribbean
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday noon to 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday noon to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Takoma, Fort Totten
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Escabeche; brown stew fish; Blue Mountain-style shrimp; fish n' chips; Festival fritters; rice and peas; deviled lobster; housemade juices, such as pineapple-ginger.
Price Details: Appetizers about $3.50; entrées $8 to $25.

From the reggae-rap on the sound system to the laid-back vibe, this fish market/carryout/restaurant has the feel of a family-run eatery on some sunny island.

Brother/sister owners—Yvonne cooks, Auley runs the place—have fashioned a menu of seafood stews, curries, and fried fish evoking the tastes of Jamaica and the West Indies. Brown stew dishes made with shrimp, conch, snapper, and lobster are king—the long-simmered sauce is a soulful gravy you’ll want to soak up with thin wedges of fried cassava called bammie.

West Indian–style fish curries, thinner than Asian and Indian varieties, are done well. A small salad and rice-and-peas fragrant with coconut come with each entrée. And don’t miss the crisp little cornmeal fritters that are aptly called festival.

There’s no alcohol, but you may not miss it with such house-made juices as the tart ginger beer, an ideal foil for the spicy cuisine. Dessert can be iffy—sometimes it’s available, sometimes not. Chalk that up to island charm.

Open daily except Monday for lunch and dinner.

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