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Jan 15, 2009 11:00 AM

West Indian (Trini) Food in Seattle?

I've given up on finding this where we are (Portland), but will be taking a long weekend to visit Seattle for the first time in a few weeks. Can anyone recommend someplace authentic (not a place with Cuban food or jambalaya or mystery curry on the menu)? I'm particularly looking for some good chana n' aloo roti and doubles... Thanks!

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  1. Pam's, in the U-district, is the only place I know.

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    1. re: terrier

      Pam's is great; I think they have the roti you seek. I also like Kallaloo in Columbia City, which is run by a Trinidadian woman and her husband. They serve a variety of carribean cuisine, including some trinidadian things. I'd guess that if you asked for something specific, they might be able to make it.

      1. re: equinoise

        thanks guys. i think kallaloo is more caribbean and less trini. is there a menu anywhere for pam's? their website appears to be down...and there's notice there of a june closing for a few days. they didn't close and never reopen, did they?

        1. re: snickerus

          I don't live in Seattle -but have been doing some extensive Chow research for an upcoming visit. I have had my Chow-hound eye on Pam's.

          They are a small family run business, so I think it is quite possible that they just haven't put their attentions in their website like big businesses do (I have seen this MANY times) I do not believe they closed and never reopened. ... Actually, that is not possible since I have seen reviews on Yelp for as recent as last week!
          I have not found a menu online but I have read several reviews and articles to get a very good understanding what they serve. (I am drooling just thinking about it!!) Someone mentioned a curry and potato roti , so I believe 100% that this IS the type of place you are seeking. If you get there before mid April (when I will be visiting) PLEASE write a report on here and let me know your thoughts. :-)

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          1. re: boisenewbie

            I can confirm Pam's is open and tasty. They close for lunch in summer but reopen during the school year. They have roti of all kinds--chicken, beef, goat, and duck I think. I prefer the aloo pies though--they're 2 for $4 (last time I was there anyways) and incredibly tasty. Sometimes they have jerk chicken which I can't eat because it's too spicy but the bits I nab from my companion's plate are very good.

            1. re: pearwaldorf

              thank you to everyone for the rec! we are leaving tomorrow for 2 days in seattle and will definitely hit up pam's!

              1. re: snickerus

                Did you visit Pam's ? Is it open? Did you find a menu?

                1. re: rdabke

                  Just got back from Seattle and I went to Pam's. I had the lamb roti ($14) and the Pumpkin Punch ($3.75) ... It was very good, but I was a little disappointed. I really thought it was going to be a OMG moment, but it wasn't. It was very good (as I stated) but I walked away feeling it was a bit expensive for what I just ate. (Much more potatoes than lamb)
                  I am glad I went though. ... BTW, I love spicy, and I can honestly tell you that the hot sauce will kill you! BEWARE!! ;-)

    2. Yes Pam's is the real deal. Great stuff, and wonderful hot pepper sauce that will hurt you so good. The Chicken Pilau (spelling?) with pigeon peas is especially great.

      1. Does this place, Pam's, have doubles? Is there anywhere in Portland that has Trini food?