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The Best Caribbean Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 18, 2015

Caribbean restaurants TorontoThe best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto stand out, despite a healthy amount of competition across the city. The best in this class are mom and pop shops that, for the most part, have been in business for years, dishing out island staples like roti, doubles, jerk meats, and all sorts of fritters.

Here are the best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best jerk chicken in Toronto
The best roti in Toronto
The best Jamaican patties in Toronto

Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti

Mona's is a takeout operation in Scarborough. You'll find Caribbean specialties stocked in the hot table up front, while the kitchen produces fresh dahlpuri, paratha and pholourie from scratch daily in plain sight of patrons. The curry goat roti wrap is a house favourite, but Trinidadian doubles are not to be missed. More »

Allwyn's Bakery

Allwyn's Bakery

The Jamaican bakery is home some of the city's finest jerk chicken sandwiches, built on coco buns and loaded with creamy slaw. Other notable menu favourites include oxtail dinners with rice and peas, curry goat roti, and spicy beef patties. More »

Bacchus

Bacchus

The Parkdale kitchen specializes in massive roti wraps loaded with shrimp, chicken or beef. Roti aside, find rice plates packed with jerk chicken, as well as golden doubles dressed with tangy tamarind sauce. More »

Drupati's

Drupati's

The Rexdale and Scarborough doubles shop has recently opened a new location at Yonge and Eg, where they dish out hearty curries with warm paratha, ackee and saltfish, and stewed chicken with calalloo and rice. The selection of snacks here is cheap and cheerful, too, featuring favourites like pholourie, aloo pie, and delicious doubles packed with spiced chickpeas. More »

Island Foods

Island Foods

The chain of Caribbean eateries is well loved for its dahlpuri-wrapped roti filled with cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, plus choices like channa, curry boneless goat, or eggplant. Beef patties, currant rolls and coconut tarts are menu staples, too, and can be washed down with imported bevvies like Grace ginger beer and peanut punch. More »

Simone's

Simone's

The Caribbean restaurant on the Danforth is a cozy destination for overstuffed roti wraps, flavourful curries and jerk chicken dinners. Start with apps like johnny cakes or codfish fritters, but try to save room (good luck, the portions here are huge) for sides of slaw and golden fried plantains. More »

One Love Vegetarian

One Love Vegetarian

This casual eatery and takeout spot can found on Bathurst across from the TTC station, and is a haven for meatless eaters looking to fill up on roti filled with seasoned pumpkin, chickpeas and potatoes or textured protein. Be sure to try the signature corn soup - the chunky, gently spiced chowder is a standout. More »

Rhum Corner

Rhum Corner

The sister restaurant to The Black Hoof is the perfect place to nibble on Haitian eats along with fun, rum-centric libations. The menu features snacky foods like accra, banana frites and street-style girot (fried pork) alongside wholesome plates of oxtail and bean sauce, cashew chicken, and fried soft shell crabs. More »

Chris Jerk

Chris Jerk

The year-old bistro on Birchmount offers a very good traditional jerk chicken, but best of all, they're the innovators of the entirely novel jerk chicken shawarma - a rotisserie-cooked spit of boneless dark meat shaved into wraps or over poutine. More »

Discussion

25 Comments

EJ / February 18, 2015 at 02:34 pm
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No Real Jerk? Really?!?
JM / February 18, 2015 at 02:47 pm
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No Roti Hutt??? Come on....
VB / February 18, 2015 at 03:24 pm
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Blog TO this is the second list (1st Best Roti in Toronto) were you have excluded Ali's in Parkdale. What the heck man?

Also, where is the Mr. Jerk or Real Jerk?

I like One Love Vegetarian but as soon as they lost the man with the corn soup. It was done. They try but have sold out to cater to the hipster crowd.
BequiaT / February 18, 2015 at 03:48 pm
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Cool Runnings on Main Street just south of Gerrard is fabulous!
Brian / February 18, 2015 at 04:20 pm
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Who decides these are the best Caribbean restaurants in the GTA? There are some good ones here. However, Some really good and tasty food has been missed! Diners Corner on Gloucester (Yonge/Wellesely), Alimas Roti (Outside of Toronto, Brampton) makes the softest roti imaginable! Real Jerk is definitely missing on this list! Island Foods and Bacchus should be eliminated. Bacchus Roti is tough and oily, Island Foods is not tasty at all!
Ryan Morris / February 18, 2015 at 04:31 pm
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Interesting not to see Diners Corner or Alberts...Alberts Jerk Chicken is bonkers!!
hellebelle / February 18, 2015 at 04:43 pm
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One Love is delicious. I usually get a combo platter and so far have loved everything I've tried.
Guest / February 18, 2015 at 06:36 pm
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Interesting list although I had a really bad meal at Bacchus a little while ago. My personal favourite is a place in Mississauga called Charlie's Caribbean Cuisine which has awesome Chinese and Indo-Trini food. Others that I also really liked were Tropical Joe's (in the food court at the Gerrard Square Mall), Caribbean Queen of Patties, Roti Palace, Pam's Caribbean Kitchen, and The Jerk Joint. And reading all the poutine articles on blogto lately, maybe they'll take note that Tropical Joe's has jerk poutine!
yummers / February 18, 2015 at 06:40 pm
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What about The Jerk Joint?
Its delicious, affordable and convenient and it is RIGHT downtown!
Peruvian chef / February 18, 2015 at 07:30 pm
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what a shitty list, blogto is the worse at rating restaurants. Monas roti is the only one here that is actually great, where is Ali's Roti, Roti Palace, Rasta Pasta(best jerk chicken), roti hut, willy's jerk, and i can keep going..This list is a fail!!
buh / February 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm
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How does Bacchus continually make this list? It is incredibly overrated.
dan / February 19, 2015 at 01:30 am
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DUCKYS!!!!
JC / February 19, 2015 at 08:33 am
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Caribbean Bistro is really good and worth a visit if you're in the Yonge and Eglinton area. Her recipes are full and flavourful.

http://www.bistrocaribbean.com
adina / February 19, 2015 at 10:18 am
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Yums yums at dufferin and eglinton best food ever...check em out
Rose garden / February 19, 2015 at 10:37 am
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Relax people. These list are voted on by you, the readers. Remember majority of the readers here are bicycle riding hipsters. So that might explain why you are dissapointed on why good establishments did or didn't make it.
matt / February 19, 2015 at 10:54 am
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Chris Jerk is terrible!!! their portions are small and the jerk there is not flavorful. how did it make #9 when PJ's isn't even on here.
ja / February 19, 2015 at 11:53 am
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What about mainsha???
Jerk face / February 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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Cool Runnings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ab / February 19, 2015 at 01:38 pm
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There's a really good jerk place at peanut plaza that's been there for 20+ years! I never notice the name, but everyone who lives around there will know it.
Jm / February 19, 2015 at 08:46 pm
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They say these lists are voted on by readers but judging by the comments nobody here was informed about the vote. I've been coming to this site regularly and I never see an article titled for example " Who has the best carribean food?" And inside we can select from a list or add a different restaurant. We shouldn't have to search hard to find where to vote.

For that matter, what can we currently vote on????
Geoff / February 21, 2015 at 11:52 am
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This is a wayward title to begin with, like Best Canadian eateries? Jerk is Jamaican, Roti is from the south Trinidad and Guyana. One thing many of these little 'hole in the wall' eateries do well is fish. The Blog already looks at jerk-roti separately. I think they were lacking content and needed to fill some space.
Shauna / March 1, 2015 at 02:33 pm
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Thanks, Liora! Not only is this a great list to start with but there are some good extra suggestions in the comments. We can all enjoy a little Caribbean heat until the warm weather returns...shared on Facebook! :))
Anonymous / March 10, 2015 at 01:33 am
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One place that has really nice jerk chicken and curry goat is a place in Etobicoke called Mitzie's Jerk. More of a take out place though.
Steve Smith / April 2, 2015 at 07:20 am
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I just visited Pennsylvania but for few days i did not get any best Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant i was really disappointed but suddenly i visit JamRock Caribbean Cuisine. Really its awesome. Want to know more about this restaurant than visit http://www.jamrockcc.com

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