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Best Jamaican Restaurant

Caribbean Kitchen

218 N. Liberty St., (410) 837-2274

Posted 9/15/1999

Either Baltimore has seen an influx of Jamaican émigrés or Baltimoreans are getting wise to what we already knew: Jamaican food rocks. From spicy jerk chicken and curried goat to flavorful fried plantains, hearty rice and peas, and mouth-watering veggie or seafood rhotis, island delicacies are showing up all over town in new restaurants catering to Kingston-cuisine connoisseurs. But the best of the bunch remains downtown's Caribbean Kitchen. The restaurant is tiny, with seats for only a handful of customers at a time, so it's often more convenient to carry out your selections for home or office consumption. But wherever you chow down, you'll enjoy a feast of Jamaican goodness. What makes the Kitchen tops? Primarily, it's the food, which is consistently first-rate and served in generous portions. The prices, of both its island specialties and American lunch-counter staples, are ridiculously affordable. And unlike similar establishments, which serve up attitude alongside their ackee, callaloo, and brown stewed chicken, Caribbean Kitchen's staff is warm and friendly. We highly recommend the curried goat, the vegetable rhoti, and the boneless lake-trout sandwich.

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Other Awards for Best Jamaican Restaurant:

Ras Doobie de Chef at Carolyn's Café, 9/20/2006

All Awards for Caribbean Kitchen:

Best Caribbean Restaurant, 9/21/2005

Best Caribbean Restaurant, 9/22/2004

Best Caribbean Restaurant, 9/17/2003

Best Cheap Restaurant, 9/18/2002

Best Lake Trout, 9/18/2002

Best Caribbean Restaurant, 9/13/2000

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