Best Caribbean Food In Seattle

December 8, 2010 3:42 PM

Looking for some authentic jerk chicken, roti or a mouth-water pulled pork sandwich to hit the spot? Well, Pam’s Kitchen, Kallaloo, an Paseo are just three of the places on this list of best places in Settle to get authentic Caribbean food.

Pam’s Kitchen

5000 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 696-7010

Pam’s Kitchen attracts both meat-lovers and vegetarians alike with their delectable selection of rotis (lamb, chicken, goat, and beef), its featured menu items. Although the prices are a bit high ($12-$15) at this Trinidadian family-owned establishment, patrons know the bucks are well worth the bites. Check in during lunch time for scaled own prices — but watch out for the crowd, which can make service a little slow.

Island Soul Caribbean Cuisine

4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 329-1202

If you like your food spicy, Island Soul Caribbean Cuisine is the place for you. With an extensive dinner and lunch menu, this restaurant seems to have every Jamaican dish one could imagine. Jerk chicken, curried goat, oxtail (dinner menu only) and delectable seafood platters — like the Island Vatapa (pictured), which features steamed snapper, jumbo prawns and muscles ($18.75). The lunch menu, although not as heavy as the dinner menu, has more affordable options (and vegetarian options, too) with prices settled around $7.99. Besides the oxtail, the fried plantains come highly recommended ($8.50) — they’re as sweet as the service.


3820 S Ferdinand St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 760-7766

Kallaloo, around since 2006, is another great option to get some tasty Caribbean food with a kick. If you’re not too sure what you’re in the mood for, try the grilled jerk pork chops ($16.95) or the curried crab and dumplings ($15.95) for a bevy of delectable herbs and spices. Kallaloo also offers a lunch menu, but they aren’t extremely vegetarian-oriented as the options consist of picking three sides of rice or vegetable options.


4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-7440

6226 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-3100

Watch out for Paseo — the authentic Cuban cuisine is so good (and affordable!) that you just might end up eating here everyday. The Midnight Cuban Express ($8.95) is to die for — it consists of roast pork atop banana peppers, and draped with slices of smoked ham & Swiss cheese melted between a hot press. All in all, there are nearly a dozen sandwiches to choose from and you might find yourself eventually trying them all ($7.50 – $8.95).

La Isla

2320 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-0516

La Isla is Puerto Rican cuisine at its finest. Empanadillas (tasty turn-overs for $.399), chicken, fish, beef — La Isla has a little bit of something for everyone. If you’re not quite sure where to start, give the Pernil Special a shot ($14.99) — it’s a generous portion of slow roasted pork shoulder, marinated for days and roasted overnight, topped with a homemade a roasted red pepper, garlic and rice vinegar sauce. The only surprising downside to La Isla is the drink menu — they seem to usually be a on the sweet side.

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