Sweet Chick rocks chicken and waffles, Pop's griddles up budget-friendly burgers and now Pearl's is dropping jerk ribs and frozen ginger dark and stormys, completing a trifecta of quality eats just off the Bedford L stop. The latest from Sweet Chick partner John Seymour and his wife, Fallon, explores Trinidadian and Caribbean cuisine seen through the lens of Fallon's family history cooking the food of her native Trinidad and Tobago.
The tiny, colorful joint opens today on North 8th Street, just a few doors down from the pub grub slingers at Pop's. The railroad-style restaurant boasts some lively wall art by graffiti artist Snoeman, plus a focus on music with vintage boomboxes and speakers and portraits of Caribbean music royalty. The restaurant shares an expansive backyard with neighboring hair salon Cutler, which hopefully means some al fresco dining in the future.
Out of the open kitchen, baskets of sweet, caramelized plantains and Bake and Shark, the classic Trinidadian street food of juicy fried shark meat and vegetable salads stuffed in fried flatbread. The Stuffed Crab Back wins early points for presentation inside the shell, and the restaurant will also serve jerk ribs and jerk chicken, the classic Jamaican spiced meats.
178 North 8th Street; website. Open Sunday -Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight