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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Tropics Restaurant Restaurant Review: If you like potent flavors underscored by the bite of chilies, waste no time in getting to a meal at Tropics. Setting the stage is easy, of course: palm trees; hot, tropical colors; island background music; and faux thatched-roof dining areas. But the kitchen carries on the tropical beat with African cooking from West Africa, through Jamaica and Trinidad, to the low country of the American South. It's another wish-we-could-eat-more place, for we'd start with Stamp and Go (two codfish fritters) and island coconut shrimp in a coconut batter. These we would follow with the ethnic special Palm Butter, a fiery seafood-beef-chicken stew served with West African-style fufu and an entrée of Trinidadian goat curry with roti. Management does serve up some tame fare---burgers, grilled chicken salad, couscous salad---but Tropics offers a rare opportunity to eat dishes that are really out of this world. So why waste calories on the mundane?