Today I visited an old friend who lives in the Bronx. His wife is Trinidadian and recommended a roti shop called Feroza's. I was, as always, excited to try a new roti shop. Unfortunately, things got off to a bad start. When we arrived, there was a line stretched out the door, which I took as a positive sign, thinking that the food must be so good that people are willing to wait for it. Well, wait we did, for about 40 minutes. I quickly saw that the line was not necessarily due to good food, but to maddeningly slow service. The line literally did not move for 10 minutes at a time. When we finally got the food home, we discovered that several of the items we had ordered were missing. On the positive side, the food was pretty good. The roti skin was delicious, though the filling was laden with potatoes and had too little hot sauce (thankfully, my buddy's wife had some of her own, which I applied liberally). My sea moss, though bottled, tasted fresh and creamy. Everyone else was pleased with their orders, as well. Were it not for the wait and the shoddy service, I would be willing to give Feroza's another shot, but with all of the other roti shops out there it just doesn't seem worth my while. If anyone else would like to give it a try, it's located at 716 Burke Avenue, between White Plains Road and Cruger Avenue, in the Bronx. Take the #2 train to Burke Avenue and walk a half a block east.
Even if you choose to avoid Feroza's, Burke Avenue and White Plains Road are interesting strips with a lot of other options.