I just moved pretty close to Church Ave and some people say where I am is Lefferts Garden but maybe it's just plain old Flatbush. We should just use the old Dutch name "Vlakkebos" and call it a day...Anyhow, been finding it very interesting foodwise.
I really don't like Sushi Tatsu which is one of the main delivery options--the sushi is really bottom of the barrel in terms of the skill with which it is prepared and the quality level of the ingredients. They are also slow as molasses in January and even though it is cheap it feels like a waste of money. Fail.
A new vegetarian Chinese called Zen Vegetarian house just opened at 773 Flatbush and they deliver. Haven't tried it yet so will report back when I do.
I have mostly been walking over to get various patties on coco bread at the Jamaican Pride Bakery on Flatbush between Clarkson and Parkside. These are really good patties with very flaky crust and spicy yummy fillings. The coco bread is good too, soft and toothsome and for $2 this is a great meal/snack.
I live with the constant smell of Peppa's Jerk across the street but it is often too busy to even get in there. On weekend nights thick barbecue smoke completely envelops the entire block but luckily it smells amazingly good.
My favorite place so far is Ram's Roti Shop at 1919 Church Ave, where the fillings are delicious and flavorful. You can get the dishes in a roti skin which seems to never be more than $6 for however many items you want them to put in there, or over rice. I always go for the roti skin option. They have several amazing vegetarian fillings including curried potatoes and chickpeas which are obviously fresh not canned, several kinds of greens, incredible pumpkin, CURRIED MANGO which I don't know how I lived without. There's also goat, really awesome curried chicken and more meats that I have yet to try. Really fresh and wonderful food at this place.
Across from the Church Ave Q/B train station there is a guy selling tamales, they are just okay but for $1 not worth bitching about. The cornmeal part is yum but the fillings are kind of icky and fatty and skimpy so I just get the plain ones when he has them. He also has tacos I haven't tried.
There are a lot of good produce stands around with interesting surprising offerings--chayote, many varieties of bananas, sweet potatoes and more. Cheap fish shops can be found by Church Ave in the number streets and there are many butchers offering cheap and fresh-looking meat but I am a bit intimidated by the intensity of meat-love that is on display in these places.
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