Why go: This electric-colored cafe—formerly a takeout operation, now with 50 seats—dishes out the area’s best Caribbean cooking plus 20 to 30 kinds of muffins baked daily.
What to get: From the muffin case, rum-raisin, carrot-cake, cranberry-nut. At the table: goat roti, the thick, well-curried hunks of meat bundled in a soft, eggy crepe; a lively jerk shrimp, the tangy, peppery crustaceans supported by a nest of julienne carrots and water chestnuts; a decidedly non-Jamaican crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp with coleslaw and fries that would be the envy of Crisfield's.
Best for: A quick, portable breakfast; a gut-busting weekend lunch to carry you through the night.
Insider tip: The carrot-cake muffins are a local legend, and longtime patrons tend to gobble them up early.
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