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Toronto’s best Caribbean restaurants offer delicious home-style island fare with friendly service. Often family-run mainstays of their local neighborhoods, there’s no shortage of options across the city. Here are just some of the best places to enjoy Caribbean food in Toronto.
Located on Bathurst just north of Bloor, One Love takes traditional Caribbean favorites and gives them a delicious vegetarian twist. The menu features roti filled with seasoned Jamaican pumpkin, chickpeas, and potatoes, and their signature dish is the corn soup—a thick, lightly spiced chowder.
This Kensington Market hot spot offers both traditional Caribbean and Italian dishes in a side-by-side takeout space. The Italian side offers mainly paninis and lasagne, while the Jamaican-style offerings include jerk pork, oxtail, goat, and the signature Jamaican Me Crazy Chicken. You’ll find long line-ups at Rasta Pasta during weekday lunch hours.
Located in Parkdale, Bacchus is known for serving up some of the best roti in the city—with a Guyanese and Barbadian twist. While the usual chicken, mutton, beef or shrimp rotis are on the menu, they specialize in veggie rotis—which can include squash, mushrooms, green beans, potato, and chickpeas. They also serve soups, samosas, sweet potato fries, rice ‘n’ peas, and a variety of desserts too.
One of the The Real Jerk’s locations sits in the Upper Beaches, and it has been offering island specialties for more than 30 years. You can choose from lunch, dinner, take-out, and catering, which include the usual jerk chicken and pork options as well as shrimp and veggie roti, curry goat, chicken, and beef, and cod and plantain fritters. The Gerrard location of The Real Jerk garnered extra attention in 2016 when Drake and Rhianna filmed footage for their music video “Work” there.