Bobby's Meals

2109 Opa-locka Blvd.
Opa-Locka, FL 33054
Bobby's Meals +

Photo by Zachary Fagenson


  • Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Prix Fixe, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
In 1990, Bobby Effs took over a drab Opa-locka space with low ceilings and yellow walls he adorned with now-faded pictures of Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey. It's home to an igneous brew of vinegar and chili called escovitch that's slathered over plump, flaky fillets. Like his vegetarian Ital plates, the fish comes alongside a mound of fragrant basmati rice studded with tender red beans. There are stewed peas: kidney and black beans, along with tight, smooth pigeon peas cooked off in a slightly sweet, warming union of diced turnips, carrots, beets, and pumpkin flesh. Effs didn't become a dedicated Rasta until 1972, when he was 18 years old and heard a recorded speech by Marcus Garvey. It espoused the search for what Effs calls a "black king" who would unite the African diaspora and return it to its homeland. "Rasta isn't about the locks," he says, adjusting his own, which are wrapped in a black-and-brown bulb bigger than his head. "Being a Rasta is living the concept of a holy person, trying to live right in every way you can. That's what we're trying to do here."

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