Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.
In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) Packers and Movers get to sample it all.
Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience or professional packers and Movers Services will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.
This week’s pick! — A&A Bake and Doubles Shop, Bedstuy
Located near the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, A&A Bake and Doubles Shop has been cooking up traditional Trinidadian street food for nearly 15 years. The Caribbean bakery is most famous for its namesake “doubles,” a quintessentially Trinidadian morning meal of fried flat bread stuffed with a savory chickpea mash known as “Channa.”
A&A has become a mainstay for the neighborhood’s sprawling Caribbean community while also attracting customers from across the city and receiving well-deserved praise from prominent newspapers and food blogs.
Non-dependent on the weather or the weekday, a line begins to form at the break of dawn outside the family-owned bakery’s unassuming storefront. When a Cool Hand team member who lives in the area stopped by for a couple of doubles on a recent Tuesday morning, the line already stretched half a block. But he didn’t fret, knowing that doubles from A&A are worth the wait.
For a meager $1.50 apiece, doubles are made-to-order and spiced with tamarind chutney and hot pepper sauce (make sure to skip the hot pepper if you’re not a fan of fiery flavors). The filling breakfast snack can be a bit tricky to eat but don’t worry: you’ll get the hang of it after a couple of times.
Staying true to its Trinidad and Tobago roots, A&A’s other dishes are dominated by heavily seasoned seafood. The $3.50 fry bake – a chunky biscuit stuffed with smoked herring, salmon, salted fish, shark or shrimp – is an explosive culinary delight preferably paired with a refreshing Trinidadian soda. The $5 sada bake comes with the same seafood options but is served on a thin pita-like slice of bread.
From open to close, the bakery booms with Trinidadian saco music and the workers behind the counter chat with locals in Creole. The atmosphere is warm and friendly; the food is delicious and almost incomprehensibly affordable – what are you waiting for?