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TASTE TEST: Phil's Caribbean Cuisine offers Jamaican flavors

The curried goat at Phil's Caribbean Cuisine in Schererville.

It may be cold out, but life's beachy at Phil's Caribbean Cuisine at 2330 Cline Ave. in Schererville.

The new Jamaican restaurant has a brightly colored interior that includes photos of the Caribbean, a high-resolution picture of a tree-canopied beach splashed across the wall near the entrance and booths that resemble beach chairs. Reggae beats thrum in the background.

The menu features many Jamaican favorites like bone-in whole red snapper, beef oxtail and, of course, jerk chicken. A standout is the curry goat, which is slow-cooked to fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

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Flavorful curry makes the dish exotic, and the pot roastlike texture of the meat makes it a hearty comfort food that's perfect for a frigid Region winter. The bone-in goat is stacked upon a savory mixture of what Jamaicans call rice and peas, which is actually rice and beans. 

It's all blended together, reminiscent of dirty rice, and bursting with flavor in every bite. An entree also comes with steamed cabbage and a slice of sweet, custardy Jamaican bread.

You also get a choice of a side, with options like sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and callaloo, a spinach dish of West African origin. 

For more information, call 219-227-8780 or visit phils.business.site.

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