The Perfect Bite/Sip

Ryn's Top 3 Caribbean Spots| Atlanta, GA

I'm a "Cub-ation" woman(Cuban and Haitian), so in my household, rice, beans and plantains were the main event of almost every meal for me!  Not only do I take pride in the food of my heritage, but truly all cuisines that have the special touch of a cook from the islands.

Unfortunately, I haven't mastered the art of preparing such delicousness, so whenever I need a fix, I have my go-to joints.  In this post, we will explore my favorite spots in Atlanta for Caribbean cuisine. Sound off in the comments, and let us know where you get your fix :).

1. Haitian: C'est Si Bon

C'est Si Bon Cafe

For obvious reasons, Haitian cuisine is my natural go to.  It's funny, no matter the chef, if there is a legit member of the Haitian Nation in the kitchen, I'm here for all of it!

C'est Si Bon in Windy Hill, owned and managed by a Haitian family,  never disappoints and always reminds me of my childhood.  Because I'm a creature of habit, I tend to lean towards my childhood favorites still, so Legume with rice and beans is my go to.

Also, on New Years day, they serve soup Joumou, a traditional Haitian meal to be consmed on the first of every year.  For those of us who don't know how to make it, (raises hand) we can participate in this Haitian tradition without the sweat and stress of burning the pumpkin.

2. Cuban: Papi's Cuban Grill

Papi's Cuban Grill

Indicating Cuban cuisine as #2 makes me feel like I'm choosing one part of me over the other, and that doesn't feel good, therefore, we shall call this my second #1, hehe.  

In all seriousness though, Papi's has been my favorite Cuban spot since moving to Atlanta.  The food and service are consistent and the drinks, delicious.  I also appreciate the authenticity of Papi's, and that staples such as the cuban sandwich, ropa vieja, and cortadito's are on the menu. 

Sit at the bar or at a table, either way, you're in for a treat!

3. Jamaican: Mangos Caribbean Restaurant

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant

'm going to start with a disclaimer, have a snack before heading to Mangos!  In case you didn't catch that, DO NOT go to mangos starving (you'll thank me later).  No worries though mon, everything will be Irie, as soon as your food comes out.  

I want to be mad at Mangos everytime I go because, to be honest, they operate on island time, but how am I supposed to stop going to my favorite Jamaican spot?  I can't stop, so I won't stop.  I'm even still proposing you go because in my opinion the food is just that good.  I've been to Jamaica several times, and have the honor of having Jamaicans in my "framily" so I'd like to think my palatte knows good JA eats.  The Oxtails are my favorite but I truly haven't had anything that I didn't like from there.  

Oh, and if you're into a good cocktail, don't forget the rum punch... it's PUNCHY!

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