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Best Amerindian-African food

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Garifuna Flava

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

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  1. Newcity’s Best of Chicago picks on the South Side | The Chicago Weekly Blog Says:

    […] pages. Abuelo’s won Newcity’s Best reason to avoid the long lines at Xoco award. For Best Amerindian-African food, Newcity chose Garifuna Flava, a family restaurant in Marquette Park serving food from Honduras and […]

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