Fish, Wings & Tings
Owners May and Brian want you to know that they're not Jamaican. It's easy to take a look at this tiny outpost in the market - with its colourful walls, blaring reggae, and wafting smell of jerk chicken - and feel like you stepped off a flight in Kingston. But stop thinking that immediately, because this is Trini grub, and it's a whole different game. What remains constant between the two cultures, though, is the rum. Lots and lots of rum. Fish, Wings, & Tings has a whole menu dedicated to the stuff. Plus some serious Trini fare - jerk, catfish fritters, curry goat - to soak it all up. Be sure to try one of their three homemade hot sauces, packaged with Brian's face on them. They pack some serious fiyah.
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