NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, January 15, 2016, 6:45 PM
Lash West Indian & American Cuisine serves fried chicken with fun-flavored waffles like red velvet and blueberry.
The Bronx neighborhood of Allerton might not be considered a food-lovers’ destination, but when you explore any of its major shopping streets, it doesn’t take long to find delicious grub and beer. For proof, try any one of these three spots, all within a short walk from the 2 train station at Burke Ave.
Junior knows best
Last year when Michael Nisbeth Jr. tried to add fried chicken and waffles to the menu of Lash West Indian & American Cuisine, his family’s nine-year-old West Indian take-out spot, his father wasn’t convinced it was a good fit. But, “I begged him to just give it a chance,” says Nisbeth, who had been perfecting both at Omar’s Kitchen, the catering company he also helps run with a friend.
Father and son team Michael Nisbeth, Sr. (right) and Michael Nisbeth, Jr. run Lash West Indian & American Cuisine.
Things were slow at first, admits Nisbeth, “but in summer it really caught fire.” Now, in addition to traditional West Indian dishes like ackee and saltfish with dumplings and bananas ($ 8); goat head soup ($ 4); or brown stew chicken with rice and peas ($ 6); customers come for made-to-order waffles in flavors like red velvet, strawberry, cinnamon, rum raisin and buttermilk. (Thanks to Nisbeth’s skillful pouring of the batter, one waffle can be split into two flavors.)
Nisbeth’s waffles are soft, light, sweet and cake-like, but it might actually be the fried chicken that turned his test drive into a top seller. Waffles come with a pile of big, boneless, perfectly fried pieces dressed in a Cajun-spiced, southern-style batter that could give the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on nearby Boston Rd. a run for its money.
Gun Hill Brewing Company offers a flight of six draft samples for $ 15.
Lash West Indian & American Cuisine: 800 Burke Ave. at Barnes Ave., Bronx; (718) 882-0815
Local beer here
When Dave Lopez and Kieran Farrell decided to open Gun Hill Brewing Company two years ago this month, their original goal was to launch the Bronx’s first real brewery since the 1960s.
But they ended up creating a neighborhood hangout, too. The tasting room functions as a local pub serving their beers (many made from locally grown hops and grains) by the pint or a flight, where you can sample six drafts for just $ 15. It’s most crowded in summers, when the brewery opens its garage door and the space transforms into a makeshift patio where vendors occasionally serve up barbecue or jerk chicken.
The beers — which include an easy drinking cherry red ale, the signature Gun Hill Gold, and an award-winning smooth and dark stout called Void of Light — are the handiwork of brewmaster Chris Sheehan, who has 20 years of beer-making experience both on the West Coast and at Chelsea Brewing Company.
Gun Hill Brewing Company: 3227 Laconia Ave. near Burke Ave., Bronx; (718) 881-0010
Kieran Farrell is one of the co-founders of Gun Hill Brewing Company.
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Feroza Ramjattan holds up a plate of plantains at her eatery, Feroza’s Roti Restaurant.
If you’ve never tried Trinidadian dhalpuri roti — the steering-wheel sized Indo-Caribbean flatbread layered with crushed spilt peas and spices — the ones served at Feroza’s Restaurant Roti are the perfect introduction.
Like nearly everything else on the menu, they’re made from scratch each morning by owner Feroza Ramjattan. Order them as a wrap, filled with a curry (goat is $ 8, shrimp $ 9) and dressed with still-crunchy cooked cabbage and a dab of curried potatoes. Or, just try the roti on the side.
Ramjattan grew up in the region of Chaguanas in Trinidad — her grandparents were originally from India and Pakistan – and opened a restaurant on Burke Ave. 30 years ago after friends and family urged her to start selling her food.
Among the specialties at Feroza’s Roti Restaurant are a wrapped curry shrimp roti and sides of pholourie (fried, spiced dough balls) and a double (a sandwich made with fried flatbread and filled with chickpeas).
Today, her homestyle cooking — there are also seasoned rice dishes called pelau, fried fish and snacks — has scored her not just a mention in Travel + Leisure this past September, but more importantly, says Ramjattan, regulars from “all nationalities.”
Feroza’s Restaurant Roti: 716 Burke Ave. near Cruger Ave., Bronx; (718) 405-9081