West Forest Park
residents looking for a sit-down meal usually travel toward the city center or out to the suburbs, but several take-out options serve up quality grub a bit closer to the neighborhood. Many of the restaurants, plus fast food options such as KFC, lie along Liberty Heights Avenue to the north. Similarly, nightlife options in West Forest Park remain sparse, and night owls looking to party should head downtown.
Although Caribbean Heat appears unremarkable from the outside, the Jamaican food served here attracts diners from near and far. Situated on Liberty Heights Avenue near Gwynn Oak Avenue, Caribbean Heat specializes in traditional island fare, including sweet and spicy jerk chicken, that keeps customers coming back. Make sure to save room for dessert. The homemade carrot cake ends a savory meal here on just the right note.
Another take-out star in the area, Fred’s Carryout, lies just around the corner from Caribbean Heat, on Gwynn Oak Avenue. Fred’s menu features familiar items with a twist, from chicken wings to submarine sandwiches. The hamburger sub, topped with all the fixings of your favorite patty, draws raves. For a more traditional sandwich, you cannot go wrong with a Philly cheesesteak.
When in need of a more formal dinner, drive to Woodberry
Kitchen on Clipper Park Road just north of Druid Hill Park.
Reserve a table ahead of time to ensure a seat at this popular farm-to-table restaurant. Try the deviled eggs with chipped ham and fish pepper, and finish the meal with the CMP sundae, a generous serving of fresh cream ice cream topped with toasted marshmallow and peanuts.
The most popular nightspot in West Forest Park, ChileSwing on Wetheredsville Road, may not appeal to party animals with extreme tastes. At this dance studio, students of all skill levels can learn the classic Lindy Hop, which originated in Harlem, New York in the 1930s and 40s. Occasional live band performances and dances with live deejays round out the experience.