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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

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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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Beck's Cajun Cafe

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Twin locations in Reading Terminal Market and 30th Street Station make it hard to miss Beck’s Cajun Café. The New Orleans specialties such as muffaletta, alligator sausage po’ boys and beignets make it hard to resist.

Where: Beck's Cajun Cafe, 51 N. 12th Street

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Cajun Kate's

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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.

Where: Cajun Kate's, 1362 Naamans Creek Road, Boothwyn

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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.

Where: Catahoula, 775 S. Front Street

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High Street Caffe

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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.

Where: High Street Caffe, 322 S. High Street, West Chester

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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.

Where: Khyber Pass Pub, 56 S. 2nd Street

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Marsha Brown

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Named for its Louisiana-born owner, Marsha Brown restaurant evokes her favorite childhood flavors in a distinctive former church in New Hope. On the menu: oysters, jambalaya and custard, plus steaks and an extensive wine list.

Where: Marsha Brown, 15 S. Main Street, New Hope

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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.

Where: 48th Street Grille, 310 S. 48th Street

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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.

Where: Brown Sugar Bakery, 219 S. 52nd Street

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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.

Where: Jamaican D’s, 1700 Spring Garden Street

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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.

Where: Jamaican Jerk Hut, 1436 South Street

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Little Delicious

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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.

Where: Little Delicious, 4821 Woodland Avenue

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Reef

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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.

Where: Reef Restaurant and Lounge, 603 S. 3rd Street

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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.

Where: Sunday’s Best, 41 N. 52nd Street

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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.

Where: Ibis Lounge, 5420 Lancaster Avenue

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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.

Where: Top Taste, 40 N. 52nd Street

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Parada Maimon

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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.

Where: Parada Maimon, 345 N. 12th Street

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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.

Where: Cibao Dominican Restaurant, 3382 Frankford Avenue

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Alma De Cuba

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The Caribbean and Cuban cooking at Stephen Starr’s Alma De Cuba gets a modern makeover. Yellowtail ceviche with razor clams is served with puffed quinoa; the ropa vieja is made from duck; and the flan is served with candied cherry-hibiscus puree and almond praline.

Where: Alma De Cuba, 10 S. 2nd Street

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Cuba Libre

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The appealingly breezy atmosphere at Old City’s Cuba Libre sets the stage for festive eating. A meal of ceviche, empanadas, lechón asada and grilled seafood can be rounded out with mojitos and tres leches.

Where: Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd Street

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El Coqui Panaderia

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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.

Where: El Coqui Panaderia, 3528 I Street

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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.

Where: Freddy & Tony’s, 201 W. Allegheny Avenue

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Mixto

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No need to choose between the overlapping cuisines at Center City’s Mixto. Cuban vaca frita (fried beef) meets Argentine churrasco meets Dominican kibbeh at this fun and always-bustling restaurant.

Where: Mixto, 1141 Pine Street

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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.

Where: Tierra Colombiana, 4535 N. 5th Street

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Beck's Cajun Cafe
Cajun Kate's
Catahoula
High Street Caffe
Khyber Pass Pub
Marsha Brown
48th Street Grille
Brown Sugar Bakery
Jamaican D’s
Jamaican Jerk Hut
Little Delicious
Reef
Sunday’s Best
Ibis Lounge
Top Taste
Parada Maimon
Cibao Dominican Restaurant
Alma De Cuba
Cuba Libre
El Coqui Panaderia
Freddy & Tony’s
Mixto
Tierra Colombiana
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