50 in 50: Where To Find The Best Caribbean Food In Each State
By DeAnna Taylor
Caribbean food isn’t limited to one area or flavor. With over 25 islands and nations making up the region, you can guarantee that some of the world’s favorite dishes originated here.
Caribbean cuisine has heavily influenced the palettes of nations all over the world, including right here in America. It’s no surprise that Caribbean restaurants and food trucks can found in every state.
Check out this list showing where you can find the best Caribbean food in each state, including D.C.
Mango’s Caribbean Cookhouse– Located in Huntsville, this casual style Caribbean spot offers catering as well as a Sunday brunch option.
Sunday’s Caribbean Cuisine– This Caribbean restaurant can be found in the city of Anchorage. According to reviews, this is definitely some of the best food around Alaska.
Ochos Rios Jerk Spot– This Phoenix Caribbean food establishment has been known to please even the pickiest Jamaicans. The plantains are said to be a hit.
Havana Tropical Grill – The name says it all with this one. This Cuban restaurant is located in Rogers, Arkansas and even offers dancing and cocktails in addition to their regular food menu.
Karuba’s Yardy Kitchen– This Jamaican restaurant can be found in the Inglewood area. They feature dishes such as jerk salmon salad, fish tea soup, and ackee and salt fish.
Cuba Cuba Cafe and Bar– A first-generation Cuban woman started this Denver establishment.
Jerk Pit Cafe– This Hartford spot serves up authentic Jamaican and Caribbean food. Guests can dine-in, carry out, or even have their events catered by Jerk Pit Cafe.
Spice N Nice 2– This family-owned and operated restaurant specializes in fresh seafood curry options. You can find them in New Castle.
Tropical Rhythm- Tropical has two locations in Florida. One can be found in the Brandon area while the second location is in Temple Terrace. If you dine here, it is recommended that you try the steamed fish and brown stew chicken.
Negril Village– This is one of the most popular Black-owned restaurants in the Atlanta area. It’s no surprise that they have made our list once again.
Dominican Kitchen– This is a casual spot serving up your favorite Dominican dishes. You can find empanadas, tostones, as well as pastelitos. YUM!
Casa Blanca Cuban Grill– This quaint little Boise food spot has everything from authentic Cuban entrees to your favorite Cuban sandwiches. They also have a food truck that can be spotted around town.
Ja’Grill– Located in Chicago, this is a casual yet upscale space that cooks up everything from jerk to curry. You can also find a dope cocktail menu as well.
Da Blue Lagoon: Jamaican Kitchen– This Indy area restaurant has authentic Jamaican classics. They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even brunch.
Island Vybz Mobile Rasta-rant– The jerk chicken wrap with fried plantains are said to be a hit with this Iowa City food truck. Check their site to find out the location.
Criollo Montanez– This Topeka Cuban spot is owned and operated by the Rivera family, who are Cuban natives. Customers have raved that the food is just as good as their Cuban relatives.
Caribbean Cafe– You can feast on authentic Haitian cuisine right in the heart of Louisville. No need to fly to the island to get it.
Boswell’s Jamaican Grill– While NOLA has its own flavor, you can still find authentic Jamaican flavors in the heart of the city. They even offer delivery.
Jamaican Jerk Center– It’s no secret that food spots that are seen as “hole in the wall spots” serve up the best food. This Cape Neddick, Maine Jamaican spot is no different.
Caribbean Palace: This take-out counter style Caribbean spot has the staples. You can find them serving up curry, roti, and well as jerk dishes.
El Oriental de Cuba– When you walk into this Boston Cuban spot, you will find photos of Havana on the walls. When you dig into your favorite Cuban dishes, it will feel like you are actually there.
The Jamaican Pot– This Jamaican counter-style spot recently opened an additional location. The main location can be found in the 8 Mile area in Detroit.
Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine– The family that owns and operates this restaurant has roots in Trinidad and Tobago. They are located in the Minneapolis area.
Coastline Caribbean Restaurant – The customers of the Gulfport Jamaican restaurant have made it clear that this is some of the best Caribbean they have had.
Island Spice– Whether you have a taste for jerk chicken, oxtails, or plantains, this Kansas City Jamaican restaurant will surely hit the spot.
Jah-T’aime Food and Catering– This Black-owned Jamaican restaurant and catering business brings a different flavor to the typical Montana cuisine. They are located in Great Falls.
Caribbean Delights- A great Jamaican restaurant located in the Omaha area. Customers rave that it is “food for the soul.”
Big Jerk Caribbean– This Las Vegas establishment went from a food truck to a full restaurant space. They offer the favorites including patties, jerk, and even a Caribbean stew.
Sunshine Cookshop Jamaican Restaurant– This Claremont area eatery offers small bites and all of the Jamaican comfort food you enjoy.
Vital Dining– Chef Kwame Williams is a Jamaican-American with a background in fine-dining. This establishment is said to be his tribute to Caribbean cuisine.
Taste of the Caribbean– When you walk into this Albuquerque eatery, you will find flags from various Caribbean nations hanging from the ceiling. On the menu, you can find dishes like mango habanero wings.
Mango Seed– Located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Get your grub on while also vibing to some of the best dance hall tunes.
Caribbean Hut– This Charlotte restaurant is owned by a husband and wife duo from Jamaica.
Bone’z Island Kitchen– This laid-back Williston, ND eatery brings all of the flavors of the Caribbean right to your plate.
Ena’s Caribbean Kitchen– This casual Columbus, OH spot serves up traditional Jamaican food. Ms. Ena even makes her own signature jerk seasoning. This spot has been featured on Food Network.
Carican Flavors– Dishes in this Oklahoma City restaurant are served cafeteria style. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.
Boriken Restaurant– Located in Beaverton, this cozy diner cooks up traditional Puerto Rican dishes. They offer live music some days as well.
Jamaican D’s– Located in Philadelphia. Jamaican D’s is said to cook up some of the best Jamaican food in Philly.
Pan-a-Day Take Away– The owners of the Guyanese-Caribbean restaurant source their chicken from their own far. You know that food will be super fresh. They are located in the Providence, RI area.
Mama J’s Caribbean Restaurant– You can find this South Carolina eatery in Columbia. The oxtail plate and patties are hits with customers.
A&D Jamaican Restaurant- You can find this authentic Jamaican restaurant in Rapid City.
Island Vibes Restaurant– This Nashville spot is a restaurant and nightclub in one. Each dish is served with white rice or peas and rice. You can also find ackee and saltfish on the menu.
Royal Cones Afro-Caribbean Grill– This African and Caribbean restaurant can be found in Houston. It comes highly recommended from those in the area.
Jamaica’s Kitchen– This is Utah’s first Jamaican food truck. It was made possible by the funding of the Spice Kitchen initiative that helps refugees and entrepreneurs start up their food businesses. You can find the truck around Salt Lake City.
Jamaican Jewelz– Serving up some of the best home-cooked Jamaican food in Westminster, Vermont.
Queens da Jamaican Jaint Richmond– Located in Richmond. Be prepared for long lines depending on the time of day that you go.
Pam’s Kitchen– The owner of this Seattle establishment has roots in Trinidad. She has been serving the area for over 12 years.
Wah Gwaan Diner– The name alone sells this White Sulfur Springs diner. You can find items like Jamaican stew pork and festival.
San Pedro Cafe– This casual Hudson, WI restaurant cooks up Caribbean dishes as well as mixes up awesome rum and tequila cocktails.
a.Deli– Located in Cheyenne. This isn’t a traditional Caribbean restaurant, but they serve some Cuban dishes in addition to other food flavors.
Andrene’s Caribbean and Soul Food Carryout– This D.C. carryout spot comes highly recommended. The dishes are made fresh every day and are said to be delicious.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.