10 must-try Caribbean dishes from Toronto restaurants


Toronto and surrounding areas have the best Caribbean restaurants in the country, giving you an easy way to country-hop without using your passport. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival tried to embrace that spirit this year, hosting events at local restaurants like Scarborough’s Tropical Nights and Markham’s Nicey’s through their month-long Patio Lime series.

But if your familiarity with West Indian cuisine is limited to jerk chicken, patties and doubles, you’re not doing it right. Here are some of the dishes you need to try at restaurants showcasing the diversity Caribbean cuisine has to offer.

Boil at MOB Seafood & Tings

Imagine Poseidon pulled up in a truck. That’s the vibe with MOB Seafood & Tings, named for owner Monique Bernard, who just recently took her Brampton-based catering business on the road with a food truck. Take your pick of one of the boil dishes, with a combination of king crab, shrimp, lobster, and veggies – or try the fried lobster tails, deep-fried crab legs, or the ackee and saltfish plantain cups. Catch MOB during the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s weekend festivities at Scarborough Town Centre.