Caribbean cuisine is one of the most unique types of food that you can experience. These restaurants aren’t as common as other types of food in America such as Mexican food or Chinese. It can even be easier to find Indian restaurants or Mediterranean food before finding an authentic Caribbean restaurant.
However, when you do find that really good Caribbean restaurant, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll find something that you can enjoy. Most of Caribbean food is made with rice, beans, bell peppers and tomatoes, as well as common meats like chicken, beef, pork, and Gulf fish. Typically Caribbean food is more spicy than American cuisine, but even if you don’t like spicy food, there’s sure to be a dish you can enjoy.
Spicy Caribbean Food to Enjoy
One of the signature flavors to Caribbean food is known as “jerk” which is basically a spicy dry rub (or sauce) that is put on meat. The flavor is left on to absorb into the meat and then cooked to bring out the full flavor. You will often find Caribbean Jerk flavored dishes at American Burger joints and especially wing restaurants.
Fish is extremely common in Caribbean food as well, which obviously makes sense since the Caribbean is a series of islands! The most common fish you will find are whitefish.
Caribbean Food for the Non-Spice Enthusiast
Cuisine from the Caribbean has plenty of dishes to offer those that don’t like spicy food. A very common dish in the Caribbean is a simple chicken and rice meal (Arroz Con Pollo). It’s extremely popular and easy to get, and usually has tons of flavor mixed with tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers, and spices.
Of course the Cuban sandwich is another commonly-known meal from the Caribbean. It is a hearty meal with ham, pork, and pickles on a sandwich bun or fresh bread. It’s easy to find Cuban sandwiches at many American restaurants, but an authentic Cuban sandwich will usually be much more rich in flavor.
Unconventional but Delicious Caribbean Dishes
Pepperpot is always a safe bet when you would like something that you won’t often find in the states. This is a stew simmered with tons of different vegetables usually with added beef. This meal is hearty, healthy, and flavorful for those who enjoy stew and soup.
Goat stew is something that you can find while travelling, but not usually at a state-side Caribbean restaurant. While delicious and unique, it may not be the optimal choice for those who aren’t that adventurous with their cuisine!
Go Grab Some Caribbean Today!
It’s always fun to grab a group of friends or your significant other for a date at an upscale Caribbean restaurant. If you’re really feeling fancy, you can call a Limousine Service to enjoy a night out on the town in a limo or party bus.
Either way, Caribbean food is always a winner when it comes to branching out with a new flavor and trying something new and unique. Oh, and make sure to top off your meal with the favorite libation of the Caribbean – which, of course, is rum!