A nostalgic craving for the West Indian specialty takes one writer on a tasty trek through Roxbury.
We all have those indelible first-time food memories, when you eat a dish so unlike anything you’ve had before it becomes a core memory. Eating roti was a game changer for me, a white kid living in sub-shop dominated West Roxbury. Roti is a West Indian street food consisting of flatbread overstuffed with curried meat, potatoes and vegetables, best eaten with your hands. It’s sort of like a burrito. Except that roti laughs at your burrito because it looks like a burrito that ate a burrito.