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Best Caribbean Restaurant

Caribbean Kitchen

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

Posted 9/13/2000

When you walk into this tiny downtown restaurant, you'll assume you've entered any old lunch counter. You'd be wrong. For nearly five years, Caribbean Kitchen has brought authentic Jamaican cooking to Baltimore's 9-to-5ers. Drop in at lunchtime and you'll see--the mix of Rastas, blue-collar workers, and suits is impressive. But not nearly so impressive as the food: The Kitchen has a wide-ranging menu that covers breakfast items, subs and sandwiches, and Caribbean cuisine worthy of Jah Himself. Dig into a jerk chicken so spicy your mouth and eyes will water. Savor the curried goat or the milder brown-stewed chicken; they're the best in town. Try a buttery-tasting vegetable rhoti with a side of sweet, golden-brown fried plantains. Or, if your craving leans to stateside fare, try the boneless lake-trout sandwich--it's always fresh, meaty, and flavorful. Wash it all down with a bracing ginger beer. There may be more and more options in Baltimore these days for those of us who love Caribbean food, but one thing hasn't changed: You'll find the best food at the Kitchen.

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Other Awards for Best Caribbean Restaurant:

Mango and Coconut Juice Bar and Grill, 9/16/2009

The Curry Shack, 9/17/2008

Trinidad Gourmet, 9/19/2007

Caribbean Kitchen, 9/21/2005

Caribbean Kitchen, 9/22/2004

Caribbean Kitchen, 9/17/2003

Carolyn's Café, 9/18/2002

Carolyn's Café, 9/19/2001

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 Jamaican Restaurant, 9/15/1999

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