Sandovan Restaurant & Lounge
Sandovan’s Jamaican, home-style cooking uses some spicy flavors. Lots of them. The menu’s highlights include jerk chicken, goat curry, and plantains. We recommend pairing any of the flavorful dishes with some very alcoholic rum punch. The casual restaurant digs make for a relaxed, appetizing evening.
4809 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010, +1 202 248 2161
Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food Carryout
The casual Jamaican eatery will delight your palette with the best, authentic oxtails on the east coast. A really nice touch is that you’ll likely be personally greeted by Andrene herself. The small business makes you feel welcome, and it’s easy to quickly be acquainted with the whole friendly staff. Andrene’s has been operating in the same location for a decade; its adored for the hearty portions and fresh ingredients.
308 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011, +1 202 291 7007
Mi Cuba Cafe
The bright decor and wealth of plants create a cheery ambiance that radiates authentic Latin American vibes. The homemade Cuba dishes are almost as colorful as the cafe’s interior. When you sit down you’ll be given some complementary toasted Cuban bread, which gets everything off to a great start. Entree favorites include the grilled chicken and steak – tender with the right amount of grease. And it wouldn’t be true Caribbean food if every meal didn’t come with an optional side of rice and beans.
1424 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010, +1 202 813 3489
Sunrise Caribbean provides a taste of Trinidad in northeast DC. Customers rave endlessly about the roti – a staple of the Trinidadian diet. While traditionally an Indian bread, the Trinidad version of roti includes stuffing the bread and wrapping it around anything from goat meat to pumpkin. Sunrise Caribbean also offers ample vegetation and vegan options, which can be difficult to find at Caribbean eateries.
5329 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, +1 202 291 2949
The Dominican fast-casual bistro is the hidden gem of Columbia Heights; the hole-in-the-wall exterior makes it easy to miss, but the food is anything but forgettable. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor frequents here – she clearly knows what’s good. The most popular feature is the make your own dish – selecting a grain base, meat, spices, and a side. While there, you simply must try the $2 passionfruit juice.
1428 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010, +1 202 483 8235