Sometimes, the urge to have Caribbean food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Orlando's best Caribbean restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Orlando. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Norman's or tell you that Rainforest Cafe gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.
A Caribbean flair distinguishes this place, which is both restaurant and bar. Open only in the evenings, it's a popular destination for those who want a taste of island life. Live reggae music provides a restful backdrop to the award-winning cuisine, which includes jerk-chicken pasta, a house paella and "fish in a bag," a seafood-vegetable pairing cooked within a parchment parcel. Bars are located inside and out, and Happy Hour offers visitors the opportunity to laugh and mingle. Just like in the islands, the convivial atmosphere, accommodating staff and friendly patrons will have you relaxed and mellow in no time. Casual dress. Reservations not accepted; waits are customary. (407-248-2499)
Caribbean Sunshine Bakery Restaurant & Lounge
In this peculiar strip mall fixture, the bakery/restaurant shares space with a permanent farmers market, creating a deliciously homegrown Caribbean experience where both patrons and workers converse with a relaxed island cadence. You can fill your plate on the cheap with jerked meats, plantain tarts, ackee-and-codfish patties, and curried goat. Then, before you leave, stock up on mangoes, yams, and callaloo from the market. (407-839-5060)
A dream-like landscape of dense, tropical flora – punctuated by wild animal calls – distinguishes this intriguing eatery, which also features cascading waterfalls, saltwater fish, and primitive hand-carved furniture. Still, amid the exoticism, folks can enjoy a menu of familiar favorites such as burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, seafood, steaks, and salads, with an international flair that will have even young diners enjoying something delicious. For kids of all ages, watch as favorite rainforest characters come to life and romp among the tables. A "retail village" holds the promise of exotic gifts for the whole family. (407-827-8500)