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Chez L'ami Tio Tio (Haitian in Prospect Hieghts) report

Lambretta76 | Sep 17, 2003 03:21 PM

Well - I just got back from this Haitian restaurant, which is located on Washington Avenue between Lincoln and St. Johns in Prospect Heights.

It's a small, hole in the wall restaurant with a couple of booths. There's no printed menu, and it seems that there are dishes per day of the week, though I don't think that it's ever planned out. Plus, there seems to be quite a language barrier - French speakers may have a big plus. (Or find someone who speaks Kreyol.)

Today (Wednesday), the dishes available seemed to be fried chicken, oxtail, and le geum. I assumed le geum was actually legumes, and the description given to me by the young woman working the register was that it was vegetables stewed together. However, I think le geum as a Haitian dish is one that has a lot of beef in it.

On offer tomorrow (Thursday) was to be a pork dish, but I have no idea if it was griot. (I tried saying it how I thought it would be, but it apparently was incorrect.)

On weekends, they offer soups and lambi, which I believe to be a conch soup.

Well, as I had no idea what to get today I asked the cook to give me what she would have for lunch. She gave me the fried chicken with rice and beans. (Plain white rice is also available.) The good news: it must've weighed close to 5 pounds, three drumsticks and a thigh on a sea of rice and beans. All for $6. (Larges are $8 and come w/ fried plantains and salad). The bad news: it tasted like this was made on the wrong side of Hispaniola. It was fried without breading and featured a slightly tangy marinade with just the slightest flavor. Unfortunately, very unexciting. However, the rice and beans were quite tasty, and the chicken was well cooked, so it wasn't a bad meal at all. Just uninspired, and unexpected.

Assuming I ordered wrong, I'll have to hit this place again, preferably on a weekend when there seems to be more chow choices. And the le geum sounds very interesting, so I may try that next time as well. (Even if it is just vegetables, it could be very good.)

I would love to hear if anyone else has tried this place, and if anyone decides to after this, please report back with your experience.


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