This afternoon my wife and I tried food from two restaurants new to us, and located next door to each other: D ITA Shack and Royal Rib House. Being a vegetarian, the former was my assignment, while the latter went to my wife, the Southerner. Opinions are as follows:
D ITA Shack(305 Halsey Street; 718-573-3752): Great veggie Jamaican cuisine. HUGE portions. I actually had to stop the guy serving me because my take-out tin was overflowing. For a mere $8.50 I got generous helpings of stew chunks, veggie duck, calaloo, navy beans, macaroni and cheese (made with soy cheese), and rice, plus a whole-wheat soybean patty (tasty filling) and a soy drink sweetened with cane sugar. Everything was delicious, though the calaloo, and the smoky BBQ sauce on the stew chunks, really stood out. Service was quick and the staff was friendly and helpful with answering questions.
Royal Rib House(303 Halsey Street; 718-453-9824): $8 bought several pieces of plump, moist chicken flavored by a decent BBQ sauce. The potato salad was out of this world, but the macaroni and cheese was bland and disappointing. Service was quick, but some of the items advertised were not available.
For those interested in trying these restaurants, they are accessible by the B26 bus, which stops directly across the street, or the C train, to Kingston Avenue. Exit towards the front of the train and walk four blocks North. Enjoy!