A clever and incredibly successful spin on Mexican street corn, the sweet corn is grilled until charred, slathered in garlicky mayonnaise, and covered in toasted coconut shards. It's not the first place in the city to serve it (Num Pang has it too), but it's the best.
Smoked Mackerel Salad ($11)
More of a "salad with smoked mackerel" than a "smoked mackerel salad," but delicious nonetheless. The mackeral is chunky and moist, well-complemented by the pickled red onions, and the greens are dressed sparingly (that is, just well enough).
First cooked in a low-temperature C-vap oven then finished with a sweet, sticky glaze over their raging hot grill, they're tender without being fatty or fall-off-the-bone melted (that is, they're perfectly cooked),
Cod Fish Fritters ($9)
The modern Iberians like their salt cod soft, cooked in milk until tender. In the Caribbean, you can expect larger, tougher chunks of fish. At Miss Lily's, you get something in between. Enough large chunks that there's no doubt about what you're eating, with just enough tender shredded meat to bind them together.
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Hellshire Style Fried Whole Fish ($23)
Moist meaty flesh with thin crisp skin, the deep fried whole red snapper is exactly how I always hope fried fish in the Caribbean will be (but never quite is).
Curry Goat ($22)
Awesome sweet rice cooked with panela (raw sugar) and a meaty, spicy stew of goat, potatoes, and carrots. The tender goat comes on the bone, so be ready to use your fingers (you'll want to lick them afterwards). We just wish there was a little more goat to go around.