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I'Qulah

Brooklyn Boy | Feb 15, 2003 04:26 PM

Today, acting on an old tip from a Chowhound named Proot, I rode the F train out to 169th Street in Queens and tried a great Jamaican vegetarian "rastarant" called I'Qulah (an acronym for Integrity, Quality, Unity, Love Africa as Home). It's a small place, mostly take-out, but with enough seating for 6-8 people, and walls tacked with autographed portraits of reggae stars. As with other Caribbean veggie places, it serves a smorgasbord of goodies: meatless versions of curried goat and chicken, veggie beef stew, rice and red beans, veggie lo mein, cabbage, and potatoes. Much to my delight, the food had more fire to it than I've found at D'Ital Shack or Veggie Castle. I also tried a truly interesting drink, called "foot pon shouldah", a sweet, thick concoction of irish moss, carrot juice, molasses, nutmeg, peanuts, milk, and sugar. At $6 it seemed overpriced, but once I tasted it I was hooked. It had a wonderful aftertaste of nutmeg and peanuts. Service was quick, portions were huge, and the whole meal and drink set me back $14. My only disappointment was that the patties (I had hoped to try to soybean and red bean versions) were not available. But all in all, it was well worth the 2-hour round-trip subway ride. I encourage all chowhounds, veggie or not, to give this place a try.

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