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Apr 22, 2010 01:05 PM

Best Caribbean in Toronto?

I love Caribbean food. Sorry, let me qualify that:: I love GOOD Caribbean food. Since I have been in TO I have had a lot of BAD Caribbean food. I have had a couple of very good meals, but most have been meh.
What is your favourite Carib joint? It can be Jamaican, Guyanese, name it, but it must be great.
I don't mean fancy, which runs completely counter to the cuisine and the culture. I mean good, spicy, stick to your ribs soul food. Served in a friendly, laid back place is a bonus.

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  1. Well...I'm not sure if this would qualify as GREAT...but this to me, is good solid food and very enjoyable. It's their boneless chicken roti...great spicing.

    Caribbean Palms Restaurant
    Don Mills Rd. north of Overlea in the Flemingdon Park Plaza.

    Caribbean Palms
    747 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1T2, CA

    1. Jerk King at Morningside and Kingston, in the No Frills plaza. Their jerk pork would make me push your mama down a flight of stairs! They have decent stew beef and their jerk chicken is really good too, but the pork is IT. They do really good patties too, homemade.

      Jerk King
      2079 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON M9N1H7, CA

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      1. re: jaedalaurez

        im in there area about twice a month and never knew it was there. I'm going to give it a try.

      2. I really cannot quantify what "best" is exactly and can only make recommendations for what I like. However, for years I'm still searching for the "perfect" roti and great Caribbean food in the GTA myself.

        Just a few hours ago, I had a goat roti at Island Foods at the King/Dufferin area. It cost $6.25 plus taxes coming to a total of $7.06. Anyway, the establishment is "safe" in my opinion of good Caribbean food. They are Trinidadian and I definitely feel they are better than Ali's another Trinidadian fast food place in the Parkdale area on Queen West and Lansdowne area. Island Foods is better than Ali's, The Roti Lady (Indo-Guyanese) and Bacchus (Afro-Guyanese) all in the Parkdale area.

        My all-time fav Caribbean joint used to be the Mr.Jerk right at the heart of downtown located at Yonge/Dundas owned by a Chinese man from Jamaica with the accent too. LOL That store has been closed for years, but the other franchises such as the stores at Wellesley near Sherbourne and the other shop up north at the Peanut Gallery along Don Mills Rd. just aren't as good as my favorite Irie hole-in-the-wall.

        I've also tried Caribbean Palms and think they are okay as well. In all honesty, I've tried lots and lots of different places in search of the best Caribbean food in the city.

        My quest continues for both the best Caribbean food and fish & chips in the city. Two very different cuisines, but I have yet to be fully satisfied by either so far. The very reason for this is because Toronto has just too many choices when it comes to variety and personal taste.

        Caribbean Palms
        747 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1T2, CA

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        1. re: YummyYummy

          Noticed The Dish provided the calorie lowdown for Island Foods boneless chicken roti last month. No wonder I always feel like I need a nap after eating roti.

          1. re: prima

            Oh yeah, not exactly diet food. Designed for having an active lifestyle in the hot sunshine.

        2. Barb's roti on lakeshore rd E in mississauga is great!

          1. Never had a bad meal at Carribean Bistro.