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Cheryl's Fried Fish & Soul Food fish & chipsThe fish and chips dish at Cheryl’s Fried Fish & Soul Food

Cheryl’s Fried Fish & Soul Food

24 East Main St., Middletown

The deal: Fried fish and the mini menu

I used to cook big fish fries for fund-raisers for my church in Warwick and make a lot of money,” recalls Cheryl Santiago. “Everyone kept saying, ‘You should do this for a living.’ ” After she lost her job in the entertainment industry because of the faltering economy, Santiago decided to do just that. In 2005, she opened this little cafe, dispensing not just her famous fried fish, but also many of the homey dishes she’s been feeding her family for years.

“I inherited my ability to cook from my grandmother,” Santiago announces. “She was from St. Croix, and she was a fantastic cook. She got up early, took her bath, and cooked all day. I was a big conversationalist, so I’d sit in the kitchen so I’d have someone to talk to. Her skills must have gone into me.”

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