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Fearless Critic restaurant review
DC
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
6.0
$15
Caribbean
Counter service

Hours
Daily 9:00am–9:00pm

Features Wi-Fi
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

www.teddysrotishop.com

Takoma Park, MD
7304 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 882-6488
Teddy’s Roti Shop
Roti, roti, roti...what more can we say?

When you like roti—that griddled flatbread of unequalled richness, served with potato curry—it can become a craving.

We admit to being sufferers. It seems to be universally acknowledged, within the West Indian community of DC and the suburbs, that this Trinidadian place up Georgia Avenue makes the best roti around—and we wholeheartedly agree.

Certainly Teddy’s is a plain-walled dive, but would you expect to get good roti anywhere else? And certainly the service is brusque; fail to finish your food, and you might get yelled at—but lovingly. The other roadblock is that the place keeps moving around, from the District to Silver Spring and back. The latest location is a block north of Walter Reed Hospital, and, they tell us, should remain for some time.

When you do find Teddy’s, you’ll quickly discover that the roti, delicious though it is, is merely a platform for a sensational array of rich, protein-based gravies: deeply aromatic goat curry, tender bone-in chicken curry, and oxtail stew. Some in the West Indian community complain that the prices have gotten out of hand—$12 for a platter—but by downtown DC standards, to get this level of flavor and careful execution at that price is a steal. That’s doubly true given that each meal includes several side dishes like callaloo (a Caribbean leafy green), rice and peas (the Caribbean version of rice and red beans), macaroni pie, and so on.

The salad is rather sorry, but otherwise, the wonders here seem endless: house-made pineapple juice. Curried conch, bull joll (salt cod), coconut bake (fried shark fillet in a coconut bun), and cow heel soup. Don’t miss dhalpourie, a thin, yellow-split-pea-filled pancake, or the classic buss up shut (a derivation of “burst-up shirt”—the idea is that the bread looks like torn fabric). Teddy—the namesake, original partner, and brother of the owner—is just back from Trinidad, cooking up all the dishes he no doubt enjoyed.

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