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I am lucky to have friends that love a wide range of cuisines and tastes. When I was searching for something a little different last week, a friend recommended G & G Caribbean Restaurant over on West Pensacola Street (across from the old Publix and Hobbit Hoagie complex).

The parking lot was cramped, but we were lucky and got a front spot. The restaurant is simple but clean, with cafeteria style service that allows you to look at all of the options. The most expensive entrees were the Oxtails and Goat Curry, which come with two sides, at $11. My friend got the Oxtails, for us to share, and I got the Chicken Curry, which was $5. I was disappointed that they were out of one of their specialties, the Goat Curry, but hope to sample that on a future visit.

The Oxtails were in a rich, beefy gravy over fluffy rice and beans, with buttered cabbage. I loved the Oxtails, but would have liked more veggie options. The gravy had a warm allspice taste to it with a little sweetness. Very comforting dish.

The Chicken Curry was a great portion for the price and had a light and mildly spicy gravy that was delicious over yellow rice. (Not photogenic, but tasty.)

As we ate, the restaurant quickly filled up. And with a small staff of one manning the counter, expect to wait. This was a solid lunch for the price, and I look forward to coming back again to try the Goat Curry. There is also another location that the Urbanspoon reviewers like better - I may try that one next time. However, I was happy with the experience and hope to have more Caribbean food in the near future.

G & G Caribbean Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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