wild salmon waffel
A neighborhood favorite, try one today!
The New York Times
ROTI ROAD HOUSE, a cross-cultural, organic shop and cafe a 20-minute walk south from Maria Rose, at 129-32 Merrick Boulevard (718-527-7684), open daily from 11 a.m.
A few counter stools allow immediate consumption of spectacular spelt flour roti folded over a spicy blend of wild salmon, chickpeas, carrots, kale and pumpkin. At $14, it is enough for two. Additional vegetarian variations are available, the often changing menu written on blackboards.
Desserts are nearly as salubrious as the fruit and vegetable smoothies. Moist red velvet cake is stained with beet juice, and intense chocolate layer cake benefits from raw cacao, making this a place where a sweet tooth and a health nut can find common ground.
A version of this article appears in print on August 23, 2015, on page MB2 of the New York edition with the headline: Inanimate, Perhaps, but Soulful .