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The Best Caribbean and Cajun Food in Philadelphia

Where to find the best Caribbean and Cajun eats in the City of Brotherly Love

The Philly region abounds in delicious and satisfying Caribbean and Cajun food.

From Jambalaya and po’ boys to crawfish and jerk chicken, restaurants from Center City Philly to West Chester, New Hope and other towns in the Greater Philadelphia region feature cuisine from New Orleans, Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico and more.

Read on for our top picks for Caribbean and Cajun restaurants in Philadelphia, below.

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Cajun Kate's

Nestled inside the Booth’s Corner Farmer’s Market, Cajun Kate’s specializes in takeaway Creole cuisine. The crawfish pie, gator on a stick, crispy Cajun mac and cheese and pralines are the real deal. Open Friday and Saturday only.
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Catahoula

A neighborhood bar with Louisiana leanings, Catahoula dishes up rich and decadent flavors. The bounty includes bourbon burgers, fried crawfish po’ boys, shrimp and grits, gumbo and molasses pecan pie.
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High Street Caffe

A West Chester institution opened by former glam metal rocker Donny Syracuse, High Street Caffe has been known to host famous musicians. However, one need not wield a guitar to enjoy the etouffée, voodoo shrimp and bananas Foster.
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Khyber Pass Pub

A gritty little bar in the middle of Old City

The flavors of the Gulf meet gastropub cookery at the Khyber Pass Pub. Cornmeal-crusted oysters, muffuletta, gumbo and all manner of po’ boys (even vegan fried chicken) accompany modern spins on the Hurricane and Sazerac.
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Jamaican & Trinidadian
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48th Street Grille

Traditional Irie fare mingles with American eats at West Philly’s 48th Street Grille. As such, the jerk chicken sandwich shares menu space with braised oxtail with butter beans, curry goat and homemade ginger beer.
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Brown Sugar Bakery

Trini and West Indian flavors meld at Walnut Hill’s Brown Sugar Bakery. Customers clamor for roti, doubles, escovitch fish, coco bread and sorrel drink.
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Jamaican D’s

A craving for coco bread can be satisfied at Jamaican D’s truck, typically parked on the Community College of Philadelphia’s campus. More reasons to visit: generous portions of curry goat, brown stew chicken and rice and beans.
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Jamaican Jerk Hut

A Philly dining landmark, Jamaican Jerk Hut — a pivotal location in the Cameron Diaz classic In Her Shoes — does a brisk business in traditional delicacies like jerk chicken, curry goat and ginger beer. Expansive outdoor seating adds to the resort vibe.
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Little Delicious

Affordable, huge platters of jerk and curry keep fans coming back to Little Delicious. Tasty sides of plantains, cabbage and rice and tender beef patties gild the spicy lily.
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Reef

Island cuisine comes to the mainland at Reef nightclub and restaurant. Fruity margaritas and rum punch accompany specialties such as snapper with mango sauce, coconut shrimp and sweet potato pie.
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Sunday’s Best

The oxtails are a must-try at Sunday’s Best. The Jamaican takeout kitchen also serves a mean jerk, along with rice and peas, cabbage and curry goat.
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Ibis Lounge

Dinner comes with a taste of nightlife at Ibis Lounge. Reggae and dancehall music accompany platters of stew chicken, curry shrimp and Callao, plus fresh juices like passion fruit and mauby.
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Top Taste

Top Taste turns out top-notch Jamaican specialties in Mill Creek. On the menu: pepper steak, snapper, sour chicken and turkey wings, plus two sides (mac and cheese; candied yams; cabbage) with each order.
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Dominican
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Parada Maimon

The kitchen at Spring Garden eatery Parada Maimon dishes out Dominican food and lots of it. The beef patty, yellow rice with black beans, tostones and pastelitos earn high marks among local ex-pats.
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Cibao Dominican Restaurant

Kensington’s Cibao Dominican Restaurant offers huge plates of goodness for a small price tag. The traditional fare includes rice and beans with chicken or pork, tostones and stewed eggplant.
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Puerto Rican
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El Coqui Panaderia

Largely a bakery, El Coqui Panaderia also serves savory dishes such as mofongo, empanadas and arroz con pulpo. Yet the sweet allure of flan and stuffed tornillo pastries is undeniable.
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Freddy & Tony’s

For a full spread of Puerto Rican favorites, Freddy & Tony’s can’t be beat. The North Philly institution offers pastelillos, bistec, habichuelas, stuffed plantains and plenty of combo plates containing all the variations therein.
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Tierra Colombiana

A long-running favorite in El Centro de Oro, Tierra Colombiana serves a delicious bounty of regional foods. Colombian arepas, Dominican mashed plantains with shrimp and Cuban sausage sautéed in a white wine sauce are just a few of the many options.
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