For spicy lite

TAKEOUT

January 31, 2007|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,[Sun reporter]

Trinidad Gourmet

418 E. 31st St. -- 410-243-0072

Hours --7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

Restaurant's estimate --5 minutes

Ready in --16 minutes

BEST BITE

The stewed oxtail with rice and peas, $10.49, was almost too much food for one person. We ordered a side of mashed pumpkin, which was deliciously rich. A large mound of rice and peas and a couple of slices of plantain also accompanied the meat.

BEST BARGAIN

With cooked spinach, green beans and pumpkin covering mashed potatoes and chickpeas, the vegetarian roti, $6.30, was a solid deal. The semi-soggy roti was the only drawback.

ALSO TASTED

Though the curry chicken roti, $7.35, had a good deal of tender meat, we hoped for more spice. The chickpeas and mashed potatoes underneath complemented the meat well, and the roti stayed mostly dry.

The cheddar cheese and coco bread sandwich wasn't worth its $5 price tag. The bread was soft and fluffy, and the cheese was milky but not too sharp, but for that much money, it didn't wow us.

Know of a good carryout place? Let us hear about it. Write to sam.sessa@baltsun.com.

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