Favorite Caribbean Restuarants in SF, East Bay or South Bay
After a couple of weeks in NYC and many many delicious meals at restaurants serving a variety of Caribbean cuisines I want to find more in the Bay.
I've been to El Nuevo Frutilandia and the Parada 22 POP-UP and found them only average and El Nuevo had as much Latin American food as it did Cuban.
I'd like to say Caribbean Zone, but that would reveal just how senile I am. I think they played that reggae "Happy Birthday" record one time too many.
I used to think Primo Patio was irie, but haven't been there in a long time, either.
There is also the Back A Yard in San Jose, haven't tried, expect it's similar.
Coconuts in Palo Alto is quite good. There's some connection to Back A Yard but is sit down and longer menu. We have a Jamaican guy in the office and he requests Coconuts to be in our regular office food rotation.
Two cuban places in San Jose are worth a stop. Cuban isn't _exactly_ carribean, but Cuba is in the Carribean, so maybe it's close enough.
Habana Cuba - this is quite good, had the oxtails, plaintains, red beans rice, etc
Los Cubanos - haven't tried but highly regarded
Bogedita del Medio in Palo Alto has some nice Cuban dishes, but loses a bit of the Down Home feel of the other places.
Mango Carribean in Palo Alto was down home and a great place to suck back a Red Stripe - forced out due to increased rents, one expects.
If you're East Bay these all might be a trip for you, sorry about that.