Maryam’s Famous Cuisine US Map & Phone & Address

310 Bowdoin St. Dorchester; (617) 825-9226 Home cooking for the way things used to be, proclaim the signs. Mine, dining incognito, was treated like a king by a very friendly waiter; sweet soul music and the bright red-and-white-checked decor made him forget that this is one of Dorchester’s dicier areas.

Specializing in Caribbean cuisine, Maryam’s offers immense meals in sizes inexplicably labeled small.

An attempt to order the medium size was met with a doubtful look, while large pretty much requires you to have an entourage. Mine’s small order turned out to be a heaping platter of curried chicken, rice, beans, and plantains, plus a second plate piled with broccoli and carrots all for $4.95 (!) Add $2 for each size increase. Substitute a salad for the vegetables, or macaroni and cheese for the rice if you’re so inclined; do not miss the plantains, which are absolutely succulent.

Other curried selections include beef, goat, and oxtail, or combos of them all, at the same prices. Jamaican jerk chicken boneless, grilled with hot and sweet spices weighs in at $6.95-$10.95.

Lunch deals are even more incredible. A kosher frank plate, which for some reason also comes with two chicken fingers, two wings, and fries, costs $3.50. Breakfast offers two eggs, toast, coffee, bacon, and home fries for $3.95. And, for the adventurous of spirit when it comes to beverages, Maryam’s whips up its own ginger beer, carrot juice, and other concoctions (from $1.25).

Far and away the bright spot on the street, Maryam’s is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 P.M. weekdays, from 9 am Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 9 P.M. Sundays.

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