The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase
4. Caribbean Flavor Restaurant & Bar
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Esocvitch fish is a popular Caribbean dish prepared wonderfully at Caribbean Flavor.
This little spot hasn't been open quite a year, but it's already drawing crowds of Caribbean expats eager for a taste of home. In fact, when I dined there recently, I was the only person without that signature island lilt to my voice, which told me the place it pretty authentic. The escovitch fish is particularly wonderful (and spicy!), but it takes 20 minutes to prepare, so plan accordingly. It's a whole tilapia pan fried until the skin is crisp then topped with the pickled onions and peppers that give the dish so much heat. It's served with rice mixed with coconut oil and beans, a vinegary cabbage salad and a fried plantain. I didn't get to try the jerk chicken fried rice when I was there, but I'll definitely be back for that.
3. Eatwell Bakery Cafe
Photo by Chris N. You really will eat well at Eatwell Bakery Cafe.
Like Caribbean Flavor, Eatwell is also fairly new, and it, too, has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Nearly all of the food--a mix of sandwiches and Italian/Mediterranean dishes--is made without any preservatives, lard, margarine or hydrogenated corn oil, and many of the ingredients are local. Smoothies and limeade are made with real fruit right when you order them, and the bakery items (a little more decadent than the lunch offerings) are prepared fresh every day. Try the homemade yogurt for breakfast or falafel sandwich for a healthy lunch. Oh yeah, many of the dishes are vegetarian friendly. In a neighborhood full of South American and halal meats, that's a rare find.
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