Ox Tail. Fried Yucca Dumplings. Black Pudding.

This is not your average buffet. On a day I set out to find some Trini cooking I stumbled into a Guyanese joint in Crown Heights. Guyana is one of those countries perched up at the top right of South America, a place you hear next to nothing about. Evidentially a place with delicious food.

As the woman behind the counter walked me through menu items, a regular walked in to complain he comes two days a week and she wouldn't give him her number. “Come seven days I’ll give you my number”, a classic lunch line quip that has the whole place chuckling.

The rice and peas were comforting, the brown gravy from the oxtail sweet and glistening. It had all the trappings of a good meal. Most of all, the cook cared, with their pride for their country on the line.

Episode Intel:

Joy & Snook

762 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Reggie Ate: Guyanese Oxtail, Rice & Peas, Blood Pudding, White Pudding, Guyanese Egg & Cassava Ball

Trinidad Golden Place

788 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Reggie Ate: Trinidad Currant Roll, Trini Meat Pie

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