25 great Caribbean restaurants you can eat at right now in Toronto

Craving roti, patties or jerk chicken? These top Caribbean restaurants in Toronto are doing delivery or takeout – and there's even a few patios open


There are no shortage of fantastic Caribbean restaurants in Toronto. Here’s just a few places you can order from right now in the city – whether you get takeout, opt for delivery, or even want to hit a patio.

Albert’s Real Jamaican

Albert Wiggan has been in business since 1986, and his curry goat, jerk chicken and king fish are still the best on St. Clair West. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes). 542 St Clair West, albertsrealjamaican.ca

Ali’s Roti

Quite possibly Toronto’s original roti joint, Ali Algour has been slinging roti and doubles in Parkdale since the mid-70s. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, Uber Eats). 1446 Queen West, alisroti.ca

Allwyn’s

This beloved bakery and takeout spot has four locations: one in Etobicoke, two in North York and one on Queen West – all the better to distribute its jerk, oxtail and patties throughout the GTA. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, UberEats). 404 Queen West, 4750 Yonge, 81 Underhill; 976 Queensway. facebook.com

Caribbean Dutchpot

Tucked just south of Broadview subway station, this tiny takeout spot has been an east-end staple for years. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, UberEats). 751 Broadview.

Celebrity Pure Vegetarian. (Natalia Manzocco)

Celebrity Pure Vegetarian

Skip the jerk and oxtail and get mixed plates of veggie dishes like black eyed peas, chow mein, okra and BBQ seitan at this vibrant takeout spot on Eglinton. Takeout, delivery (DoorDash, Uber Eats). 1474 Eglinton West, @celebritypureveggie

Chris Jerk

This unassuming strip-mall joint in Scarborough is famed for its house specialty: Jerk shawarma, which gets sprinkled into wraps or onto a poutine. (Note: They’re still takeout-only – and that poutine usually sells out by lunchtime.) Takeout (416-297-5375). 2570 Birchmount, @chrisjerkbistro

Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen (Patio!)

Though the Gusto-owned Chubby’s is considerably more King West-ified than the other spots on this list ($16 cocktails! An Angus burger!) it has still earned a local following. The front and back patios are both open for all your jerk-wing-eating needs. Takeout (Ritual), delivery (Doordash). 104 Portland, chubbysjamaican.com

Drupati’s

Long known for doing some of the best doubles in Toronto, Drupati’s (with locations in Scarborough, Etobicoke and Brampton) also has a broad menu featuring delicacies like bake and shark and duck curry. Takeout, delivery (Doordash, Uber Eats). 35 Woodbine Downs, 1085 Bellamy, 10671 Chinguacousy. drupatis.com

Fahmee Bakery

If you’ve ever wolfed down a TTC station patty, you likely have Fahmee to thank. The bakery’s Scarborough location (established in the mid-70s) now has a sister location on Lansdowne – all the better to snag patties and coco bread sandwiches right out of the oven. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, Doordash, UberEats). 119 Montezuma, 584 Lansdowne

Jerk King

With four locations scattered around the city, this mini-chain is a dependable standby for hearty portions of jerk chicken with rice and peas. Takeout (Ritual), delivery (SkipTheDishes, Doordash, UberEats). jerkkingfood.com

Maracas

On top of claiming to have “the best doubles in Toronto… period,” Douglas Ling’s Kensington Market kitchen has a recently revamped menu featuring oxtail, jerk chicken (on its own, in a poutine or deep-fried), and veggie options like black bean chow mein. Takeout. 181 Augusta, @maracas.ca

Mona’s Roti

You can get your roti stuffed with an array of mix-and-match meat (curry chicken, beef or goat, jerk chicken or shrimp) and veggie (curry potato chickpeas, spinach, pumpkin and curry mango) fillings at this Scarborough joint. (Don’t sleep on the doubles either.) Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, Doordash, UberEats). 4810 Sheppard East, monasroti.com

One Love Vegetarian

The corn soup and the veggie-stuffed roti at this Annex takeout place have reached icon status. (For those who say it’s too hot for soup: Chef-owner Ikeila Wright started out selling it at festivals in the dead of summer.) Takeout (Ritual), delivery (UberEats). 854 Bathurst, oneloveveg.tel

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Pam’s Roti is in danger of closing due to a landlord dispute, owner Pam Singh says.

Pam’s Roti

Pam Singh’s roti are so beloved in Bloordale, the community launched a GoFundMe to keep the business afloat when her landlord denied rent relief this year. Takeout (416-533-3588). 1089 Bloor West. facebook.com

Patois (Patio!)

Craig Wong’s Dundas West kitchen puts a modern spin on favourite dishes with his own brand of Asian-Caribbean fusion. Large-format meals are available for delivery, and if you want to dine streetside, there’s a new patio perfect for rum punch sipping. Takeout, delivery (Tock). 794 Dundas West, patoistoronto.com

Randy’s Roti

What started out as a food truck is now a convenient takeout and delivery spot just a few steps away from Yonge and Bloor. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, Uber Eats). 876 Yonge, randysroti.com

Randy’s Patties

The No. 1 destination on the Eglinton strip for fresh patties is this tiny takeout counter (which has barely changed since it opened in the 70s). Takeout. 1569 Eglinton West, randyspatties.com

Raps

Open on Eglinton for almost 40 years, this takeout spot does some of the best jerk in the area – no easy feat. Bonus: They’re open until super-late. Takeout (416-784-0008), delivery (DoorDash, Uber Eats). facebook.com/rapsoneglinton

Rasta Pasta

This Kensington fave walks the line between Italian and Caribbean classics – great news if you can’t decide between saltfish and ackee or gnocchi. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, Doordash, UberEats). 61 Kensington, eatrastapasta.com

The Real Jerk

This family-run jerk spot got its 15 minutes of fame in a Rihanna video, but east-enders have recognized it as one of the best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto for decades. Takeout (TouchBistro, Dine, Ritual), delivery (SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, Uber Eats). 842 Gerrard East, 1004 Kingston, therealjerk.com

Simone’s

A Danforth staple that’s cheerful both in terms of atmosphere and service, Simone’s offers homestyle Jamaican dishes inspired by chef-owner Simone Lawrence’s family recipes. (Note: Simone’s does have a patio, but it’s closed for the time being.) Takeout, delivery (Doordash). 596 Danforth, facebook.com/simonescaribbeanrestaurant

SugarKane.

SugarKane (Patio!)

A newer entry in the east end run by three sisters, SugarKane blends Caribbean and Cajun flavours for a menu that’s truly all their own. There’s also a selection of Ting and sorrel-infused cocktails, perfect for sipping on their new front patio. Takeout, delivery (Doordash, UberEats). 699 Danforth, sugarkanerestaurant.ca

Tata Hot Sauce Emporium

Though it does indeed sell plenty of hot sauce (housemade, featuring such blends as smoked scotch bonnet or papaya-mango-pineapple), this takeout spot also does some of the finest patties and jerk in East York. Takeout. 219 Rexleigh, tatahotse.com

Tropical Joe’s

It’s easy to miss this unassuming takeout counter in the food court of Gerrard Square, but one bite of their fiery jerk will turn you into a repeat visitor. Takeout, delivery (Doordash, Uber Eats). 1000 Gerrard East, facebook.com/tjs.tropicaljoes

Young Animal (Patio!)

Chef Adisa Glasgow has moved his Trinidadian cooking outfit into 3030 Dundas West – so you can enjoy his doubles and beautifully plated takes on dishes like buss-up-shut with salted cod on their front patio. Takeout, delivery (SkipTheDishes, Doordash). 3030 Dundas West, @younganimalTO

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Comments (2)

  • B Persaud August 1, 2020 09:02 AM

    You missed one of the oldest in the city…Island Foods. 1310 Don Mills Rd. Been family owned and operated since 1973.

  • Zach August 2, 2020 06:23 PM

    You missed a few of the best. Debe’s (2881 Jane St), Llyod’s (1710 Jane Street), Scott Hill (1943 Avenue Road).

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