Best Restaurants for Caribbean Eats in Toronto

Tomorrow marks the official launch of the 47th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly known as Caribana). This three-week festival is more than just a parade - it’s a celebration of Caribbean culture, including music, art and of course, food!

The Real Jerk

842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y7

Around for 28 years (recently relocated from Queen East to Gerrard), The Real Jerk continues to bring their famous jerk to the masses. Whether you’re tucking into Jerk Pork, Chicken (including Wings) or Ribs, or other delights such as their Oxtail Dinner or Goat Roti, you’ll definitely feel like you’re on the island!

One Love Vegetarian

854 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3

You will become an instant vegetable lover once you’re tried One Love’s Caribbean Creole vegetarian dishes. One Love Corn Soup, available at festivals around the city for years, is a must-have. It’s so good, you’ll be tempted to get two portions. And though the menu is small, their rotis are not - select from Seasoned Jamaican Pumpkin, Textured Vegetable Protein, and Chickpea & Potato. You’ll be so satisfied, you won’t miss meat a bit.

THe Hummingbird

1276 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C4

While the menu at The Hummingbird offers classic dishes such as jerk, roti, and curry, there are a few standout homestyle items you’ll want to try, such as: - Grilled Corn, Jerk Mayo, dusted with toasted coconut, - Ackee and Saltfish Bruschetta - Brown stew chicken (Jamaican Style), served with rice, peas and coleslaw - Port Royal Style Escovitch Whole Snapper with festival or bammy Be sure to leave room for coconut cream pie and sweet potato pudding!

Albert's Real Jamaican Food

542 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A5

Albert’s is famous across the city for their whopping-sized rotis, but they offer so much more. King Fish and Salt Fish, Roti Skin, Cod Fritters, Dumplings & Gravy, and Patty Coco Bread are just a small selection of traditional dishes available. You’re going to be so stuffed after all this food, so wait an hour or two before dancing up a storm...

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