I wandered up Mass. Ave. earlier today to check in on Johnny Levins' new place and found it open for business.
They're doing catering, eat-in, and take-out.
I had a surprisingly good catfish sandwich.
Dinner entrees range from $11 - $17 and include, but because I'm lazy are not limited to, Grilled Black Pearl Salmon (soy, lime, scallion glaze), Jambalaya, Grilled and Barbequed Black Tiger Shrimp (jalapeno, guinness stout, vinegar, burnt sugar cane, crushed garlic, tomatillo, grilled tomato, molasses), Pan Seared Day Boat Halibut (papaya, mango, jalapeno cucumber, cilantro, tomato, tequila, lime relish), and BBQ Spare Ribs.
Dinner appetizers include, among others, Steamed Mussels (Bass Ale, carmelized onions, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, leeks, and butter) and Cod & Conch Fritters
Soups include Seafood Chowder, Conch Chowder, Mixed Vegetable, and the soup of the day.
There's a separate lunch menu. Some highlights:
BBQ Pulled Pork, Cuban (my catfish was a special)
Fried Chicken (plantain & rice and beans), Jerk Chicken, and Carribean Roti ('sandwich' filled w/ curried chicken, roasted potatoes, and braised cabbage; served with plaintains)
fried plantains, roasted tropical vegetable salad, lentil & calabaza rice, peanut noodle salad, orange and chive sweet potatoes, and braised collard greens
This is a very promising development for Arlington, which has a great number of restaurants but a paucity of memorable ones, and until today none which get me totally amped.