It’s Caribana time! For us in Toronto we know its that time when we see the streets begin to fill with Americans and tourists from around the world that are ready to bruk it down and celebrate Caribbean culture all weekend long. This is the time of year where you can expect to see feathers on the ground, you might go to a party where they throw baby powder into the air and you can expect to see lots and lots of people lined up for the club.
But whether you’re a tourist experiencing the Carnival culture for the first time or a Torontonian who already knows how to jump up and wave make sure you recharge with some dope Caribbean food! Seriously-you can’t fully enjoy Caribana without tasting the amazing Caribbean food this city has to offer! We’ve rounded up some of the best Caribbean restaurants near the downtown core that you’ve GOT TO check out before the end of this weekend. You’ll thank me later! (Be sure to tell them Black Foodie sent you!)
646 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E4
Owned by a Bajan- this is the spot to go to if you want a taste of the best fish sandwich you’ll find outside of Barbados. It is seriously that good! I’m craving it as I type! Street Shak is Toronto’s newest Caribbean fast casual restaurant so you can get a wide variety of Caribbean classics with a twist in a hurry. They’ve got everything from healthy flavorful options like jerk salad to their twist on fish cakes and bakes. Before you turn up, eat good at Street Shak!
Simones Caribbean Restaurant
596 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1R1
Simones is the type of Jamaican restaurant you’ve been searching for your whole life. Picture amazing jerk chicken, oxtail, johnny cakes…. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!! All this amazing authentic Jamaican food in the cutest little restaurant ever. YES it exists! This is not just a take out joint- you can chill here and eat some of the best Jamaican food outside of the islands! Their backyard patio is beautiful and the perfect place to enjoy their refreshing sorrel. Be sure to join us here for our special Doubles vs Patties event!
382 College St, Toronto, ON
You know I can’t talk about Caribana without shouting out a Trini chef! Windup’s Chef Bryan throws it down in the kitchen! Their menu has amazing food from across the Caribbean, my favorites are his dressed up doubles. Doubles with duck confit- all I can say is YASSS – and curried goat all served in a gorgeous and unique way. If you want to impress a date this weekend come here!!
926 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
So I can’t talk about Caribbean food and forget about the Haitians. If you need that griot or pikliz fix you need to come here! My favourite was the oxtail! It was so good and the venue is beautiful! It’s a bit of a trek from the downtown core but totally worth the trip!
One Love Vegetarian
854 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON
One love vegetarian food makes vegetarian food so good I thought I was tricked. FOR REAL! Their roti with the TVP and Jamaican pumpkin should win an award. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, it’s a great place to grab something on the go before you jump up and wave. And since they’re closed on Sunday – I’ll add a bonus. You can try the Roti Palace up the street for some amazing doubles!
Let us know how it goes and don’t forget to stop by our event!