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Harlem’s ‘The Edge’ Combines British And Jamaican Dishes With Renaissance Legacy

In Harlem, New York, the building located at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue carries a unique piece of Harlem Renaissance history. Librarian Regina Anderson Andrews, a resident there, would host rooftop and apartment gatherings where literary juggernauts like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.E.B. DuBois would show up to and recite their works.

While the Harlem Renaissance has come and gone, the building has still remained a gathering place, thanks to The Edge, a restaurant located on the bottom floor that pays respect to that legacy.

Owned by sisters Juliet and Justine Masters, you can find homages to the legends that roamed the building throughout the restaurant, including a regal portrait of Langston Hughes and a collection of books folks can read while sipping on coffee and enjoying their meals.

The food here, by the way, is a unique story of its own, calling to the childhoods of the two owners. Justine and Juliet are Harlem locals, but have parents from Jamaica and Britain, and grew up eating dishes from both countries.

That has led to some creative and inspirational dishes on their menu, including a luxuriously creamy Jerk Chicken Alfredo, and coconut-crusted fish used for the British staple fish and chips. Ackee and saltfish, a national dish of Jamaica, even has a home here in tasty taco form. One also shouldn’t leave without a glass of homemade sorrel, which Juliet and Justine’s father makes on a regular basis.

With such a unique building history and innovative and tantalizing dishes, The Edge is a restaurant chock full of stories that has made it locals’ favorite.

To learn more about The Edge, check out the full video at the top of this story. The restaurant is currently offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery, as well as some limited indoor service.

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Rat’s Head Claimed To Have Been Found In Popeyes Chicken Order

I don’t know about you, but when I’m trying to enjoy a nice box of Popeyes Chicken, I do not expect to see a gotdamn Pokemon looking right back at me.

Such a horrifying experience was allegedly had by one Rosemary Thomas and her family at a Popeyes Chicken location in Harlem, New York. According to DNAinfo, Thomas had dined out with her daughter, niece, and sister at the location on 2730 Frederick Douglas Blvd, wherein the rodent’s wee head was spotted golden and perfectly battered like the other fried chicken pieces. After the incident, she took to Facebook to air out her rather unpleasant encounter with the assumed vermin.

“This is clearly a rat and they have the nerve to have a 5 rating by the department of health,” Thomas claimed in the Facebook post.

According to the city Department of Health’s site, the last inspection of the Harlem chain was earlier this year on April 21, 2016, receiving an “A” grading in the process.

Though the owner of the franchise in question could not be reached for comment, a Popeyes Chicken spokeswoman, Renee Kopowski, assures that they are upset regarding the incident. Since the claimed Rattata sighitng, the department of health dropped by to make sure that nothing else unusual (like, say maybe, a RAT), was not present in the food as of Monday morning.

I guess this is what happens when Ratatouille actually happens IRL and the little dude doesn’t know his way around the fryer. Yikes.