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Belizean Soul Food on Howard Street (border of Evanston & Chicago)

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Belizean Soul Food on Howard Street (border of Evanston & Chicago)

Sweet Willie | Sep 6, 2002 12:06 AM

Yes that is right I wrote Belizean Soul Food !?!?
I was intrigued after another chowhounder wrote about San's. San's Belizean Soul is located on 2221 W. Howard (that's two doors west of Ridge Ave for you Evanston folks), in Chicago and touts itself as "Fusion of Belizean & American Home Cooking"

We started out w/two appetizers: Panades and San's ginger BBQ Wings. Both were great! Panades are a corn based fried pastry stuffed w/a spicy fish mixture and served w/a sweet/hot salsa mixture. The wings were very very juicy and had a full ginger and BBQ sauce flavor, also served alongside the wings is a side of "smothered potato's" which are potato chunks sautéed until soft w/ grilled onions and curry, the whole dish is just divine.

The two main courses ordered were Curry Goat w/ rice & beans and the Whole Snapper.
I had the goat which had a rich flavor and was very tender. A few bone pieces, but that's to be expected when one eats goat. Very Good.

The Snapper is cooked w/plum tomato, ginger, bell pepper, onion, garlic, other herbs & spices. Sounds great, but I think that after the very strong appetizers and Curry Goat, that the snapper's subdued flavors did not match up. There is boneless Orange Roughy and shrimp prepared in this manner as well. The other fish dish is a catfish dish served w/ roasted garlic patties (I think I will get this dish next.)

San's also serves a Vegetarian Plate that for $9 allows you to choose between 5 items out of the following: Corn Pate, Leeks&Potatoes, Eggplant, Turnip/Mustard greens, Split Peas, Sautéed Spinach, Red Beans, White Rice, Bean Panades, Sautéed Codfish (not really vegetarian!)

Traditional Caribbean drinks are served: Ting, Ginger Beer, Champaign Cola as well as Coke, Iced Tea, and Mystic Juices. San's is BYOB, so feel free to bring your own!!!!

All in all a VERY enjoyable meal. The paint job is very festive inside the restaurant.
I will be back.

San's hours: Tues-Thurs Noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11pm, Closed Sun & Mon.

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