Food-cations: Sink Your Teeth into a Caribbean Shark Sandwich

By Annalisa Burgos

Food-cations highlights DC area restaurants or events that offer food and experiences so unique you might forget you’re in DC.

You don’t need to travel to Maracas Beach in Trinidad to enjoy what Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, calls “one of his top 10 favorite foods.”

“Bake and Shark” – seasoned deep fried shark (usually blacktip shark) stuffed inside homemade fried bread (called bake) with cabbage, cucumbers and your choice of sauce – is available right here in DC.

Wonder what shark tastes like? Some people expect the meat to be gamey, but are surprised to find it has a similar taste and consistency to swordfish.

Try it yourself at Teddy’s Roti Shop, a mom-and-pop Caribbean eatery in Northwest DC near the border with Silver Spring, MD, which serves the classic Trinidadian street food for $10.

While there, explore more flavors of the southern Caribbean by sampling what Teddy’s is best known for – its authentic Trinidad and Tobago-style “rotis” (flat bread) served with your choice of a curry dish, such as goat, shrimp, conch or pumpkin. Or try a popular sandwich called “doubles,” named so for two bara (flat fried bread) filled with channa (curried chick peas) and served with spicy chutney.

Wash it all down with a housemade juice, such as ginger pineapple or peanut punch.

Teddy’s Roti Shop
7304 Georgia Avenue NW
(202) 882-6488

While you may not have heard of “Bake and Shark,” shark fin, served in soup and dumplings at various Chinese restaurants in the DC area, has long garnered global attention.

Several states, including Maryland and Virginia, have considered banning the sale and trade of shark fins, citing the brutal practice of shark finning, where fishermen cut off a shark’s fins and throw the body back in the water. Now, a recent DNA study shows shark fin soup served in 14 U.S. cities contain endangered species.

The Discovery Channel will feature the soup study on “Shark Fight” at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, as part of its 25th Shark Week.

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  • Ms Good eats

    i love these sandwiches. i have mine with the tamarind sauce

  • Steve Bateman

    Is it salty??