There’s only one place in Chicago to sample the unique cuisine of the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people from Honduras and Belize. In this cheerful Marquette Park storefront, the Castillo family shares their home cooking: coconut-milk-based seafood stews, served with mashed plantains, silky cowfoot soup, stewed pigtails and huge tamales with a whole chicken leg inside. There’s also familiar Caribbean fare like tostones, jerk chicken and empanadas. The restaurant’s a bit hectic nowadays due to a recent “Check, Please!” appearance, but once the buzz dies down Garifuna Flava will be a relaxing place to beat the winter blues.
2516-18 West 63rd
Best of Chicago 2009