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Roti in Minnesota … yep it’s true at Harry Singh’s Caribbean Restaurant

There were many thing that were super yummy at the Minnesota State Fair, but the two things I didn’t expect to find were Roti and Doubles. Yet lo and behold, I stumbled into Harry Singh’s Caribbean Restaurant booth in “The Food Building”. I have to say that the last thing I was expecting to find was a Roti …


Of course, find a roti shop, required some investigation as to how Trinis got to Minnesota. For the Trinis, America isn’t one huge parking lot, hence a map to refresh or add to your memory.

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Now that you have your geography lesson … Harry is originally from Princes Town and went to MN in the 80’s. That’s as much as I can remember since it was so busy at the booth. Minnesota is definitely not on your typical Trinidad flight path … since the usual tends to be Toronto, New York or Florida.  I didn’t get a chance to do a full review on the roti etc … since the shop was closed on Monday, so I can forward you over to another blogger review here.
Now I had a roti and doubles … the price was staggering – a tiny Chicken Roti with thigh meat was $7 and a doubles was $4USD!!! To be fair, this was the Fair and no one wants to eat a full meal at any booth at the Fair … hence the size was appropriate for the venue. I even questioned the size and Harry gave me a very sound answer … I’m pretty sure he knew how tiny it was! This was definitely catering the customers … especially when the customers happen to be of Scandinavian extraction … so they have no clue about what the regular size of a Doubles or Roti should actually be.

Here’s my doubles wrapped in foil. You’ll never ever see that in Trinidad

To my point above, here is our friendly blogger’s bottom 5 things about Harry Singh’s which I found completely funny

  1. When super white people come in and order everything mild and without spices of any sort – It must be super tough to keep things authentic, when Minnesotans come and basically ask for a different version of Roti or Doubles. A Roti without pepper or chutney is just not the same … but business is business, you have to cater for your customers and their tastebuds or lack there of.
  2. It’s a little busy (visually) inside the place – a LOT of words to read … she’s never been a Rum shop before … so that’s a fair comment.
  3. IF you don’t like spicy food, you probably shouldn’t go here. See Bottom thing #1 … Disagree, one should always try new things and get educated on different palate types.
  4. Seemed heavy on Cardamom, but what do I know? I’ve never been to the West Indies – maybe it’s perfect! No Doubles ever had Cardamom in it …  She didn’t know the difference between Roasted Geera/Cumin and Cardamom. As her review basically said everything had Cardamom, which is just plain wrong.
  5. There’s a super creepy photo of Fancy Ray – the best lookin man in comedy – that you CAN’T look away from hanging on the wall by our table. (Editor’s note: he isn’t the best looking man in comedy) – Don’t know who that guy is ….
Harry and daughter (or in-law) 🙂

If you’re heading to Harry’s place … it’s on a famous strip called Eat Street! Also if you’re heading to his website … you’ll find more than Doubles on his site – don’t say I didn’t warn you 😀
As for the food overall … I can’t give it a fair rating unlike other Roti Shops using my Roti Ranking scale ... simply because they weren’t open on Monday and judging them on eating a sample at the Fair wouldn’t be right! I’ll obviously have to come back to Minnesota to do the full review.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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