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Utica Avenue Delights

Brooklyn Boy | Feb 9, 2002 02:21 PM

Today I rode the train out to Utica Avenue and helped myself to some tasty morsels. First, I stopped by the local branch of Ali's and picked up two vegetable rotis, then walked further up the avenue to Conrad's bakery, where I bought a cassava pone and a currant roll. On the way back, I swung by Joyce's Cafe and got a sea moss. Back at home, my wife and I sat down to a delicious lunch. The roti was great, though the skin was, in my opinion, not as good as the Fulton Street location of Ali's. The filling, however, contained a rich mix of flavors: spinach, cabbage, pumpkin, channa, potatoes, and soy protein. The pone was thick and very sweet. The currant roll was interesting in that it appeared dry, but was actually quite moist and flavorful. And the sea moss, a sweet drink that seems to be a combination of a custard and a shake, helped top off the meal. The food, coupled with the warm weather, set a good mood for the day. For anyone interested in trying any or all of these places, you must take the #1 or the #4 trains to Utica Avenue. Everything is within 5 blocks of the station. The addresses are as follows:

1. Ali's: 337 Utica Avenue
2. Conrad's Bakery: 299 Utica Avenue
3. Joyce's Cafe: 295 Utica Avenue

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