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3 Places To Get Caribbean Food in the Cleveland Area

Isla Chiu

Are you in the mood for great Caribbean food?

If the answer is yes, you should check out these places in Greater Cleveland (this list is not at all exhaustive!).

Ela's Caribbean Grill

Located in the eastside suburb of Willowick, this restaurant serves fantastic Jamaican food. Customers strongly recommend their patties, which have a flaky crust that's wrapped around flavorful filling. They offer beef and chicken patties; if you don't eat meat, they offer a veggie patty that also doesn't skimp on the flavor. Another customer recommendation is their jerk chicken, which comes in both mild and spicy versions. If you want a little sweetness in addition to spice, check out their jerk BBQ chicken. You also can't go wrong with their tender and flavor-packed oxtails, curry chicken, and curry goat. If you have room for dessert, try the triple layer carrot cake or strawberry swirl cheesecake.

Ela's Caribbean Grill is located at 1237 E 305th St, Willowick, OH 44092.

Cleveland Mofongo Latin Grill

If you find yourself on the westside, you should check out this Puerto Rican restaurant. As the name of the place would suggest, this joint is known for their mofongo, which is mashed fried green plantains that are seasoned with salt and the restaurant's signature garlic oil and mixed with bits of chicharrón. Customers recommend getting the mofongo with fried pork, chicken, or shrimp. In addition to mofongo, the restaurant offers a great Cubano with roasted pork, baked ham, Swiss cheese, spicy mustard mayo, and pickles. If you have room for dessert, check out their sweet empanadas. They offer apple pie, guava & cheese, and Nutella & marshmallow empanadas (the restaurant also has delicious savory empanadas).

Cleveland Mofongo Latin Grill is located at 11621 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111.

Gar and Mar Jamaican American Cuisine

This family-owned restaurant in the westside suburb of Berea serves great Jamaican food. They have delicious staples like jerk chicken, oxtails, and curry goat. They also offer dishes not found at many other Caribbean restaurants in Greater Cleveland such as ackee & saltfish and stewed peas with pigtail (which is offered on Fridays and Saturdays). If you have room for dessert, try the Jamaican sweet potato pudding.

Gar and Mar Jamaican American Cuisine is located at 10 Seminary St, Berea, OH 44017.

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