Caribbean Platters from Little Delicious
I was afraid that the metal gates on the windows and doors meant Little Delicious, the spot I picked for a Caribbean lunch, was closed. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. Inside was a family sitting at the counter, a few tables with friends and massive plates of food, and a line of locals, anxious to get some take out. We sat at an empty table and wondered whether there was table service, or if we should line up. After a bit, we were given menus and our orders were taken. No line standing needed. Little Delicious is located in a pretty dilapidated area. Neither the exterior nor the interior of the restaurant is pretty, but its all about the hot plates of food.
Platters can be ordered by size; mini, small, or large. A “small” plate of jerk chicken ($8.50) came with sides pretty much selected by the guy taking our order; “You want rice,” he determined. When I asked for fried dumplings, he said they were sold out, but then managed to sneak us one per platter. One dumpling was enough, just a fried dough ball, perfect for sopping up the jerk gravy. Both the cabbage and the generous heaps of rice had a lot of flavor. The chicken also had a good flavor, but it could have been spicier. It could have also been a little juicier but it was very tender, I barely needed a knife. The whole plate was more than I could eat.
An order of oxtails was more juicy and fatty, so take your pick based on what you are in the mood for.
The beef patty I checked out was not homemade and I wouldn’t recommend them. But the juices are. I asked for a combo of carrot and pineapple juice. It was totally delcious. I noticed the addition of a spice and asked our guy if he added cinnamon, which he confirmed, and then laughed at me for complimenting him on it so hard.
Little Delicious is a bit out of the way and its lack of ambience, to put it mildly, might not be for everyone. But if you care more about getting into some Caribbean home cooking, take an adventure over here. Bonus points: its right by Bartram’s Garden for a post meal stroll.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- I love seedy looking places with homecooking
- Generous platters of meat and sides
- Great fresh juice
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- I like spicy jerk chicken
- This place looks scary
Little Delicious, 4821 Woodland Ave, 215-729-4911