The top 3 Caribbean restaurants in Syracuse
Let’s face it: authentic Caribbean food can be difficult to find in Syracuse among the scores of pizza joints and fast food chains.
If you’ve left the islands, but still long for the comfort of the Caribbean dishes you’ve grown to love — look no further than these three restaurants to satisfy your cravings, all within five miles of Syracuse University.
The new kid on the block
658 N Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13208
Sunday & Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: Noon to 8 p.m.
(315) 299 – 5588
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Chef and owner of Mr. Biggs Eddie Igho said he graduated with an engineering degree, but soon realized that cooking was his true passion, opening Mr. Biggs restaurant.
“My dad is Nigerian, but my mom is from St. Lucia in the Caribbean and she used to own a restaurant in London for quite a while,” Igho said. “All of the recipes that I cook today, I learned from watching and helping her in the kitchen chopping peppers and making oxtails.”
Other dishes that Igho has perfected that are available at Mr.Bigg’s include rasta pasta, pineapple jerk chicken and curry shrimp. Igho changes the menu seasonally, so keep a look out for Trinidadian-style roti which he said will appear on the menu in April.
As an added bonus, visitors can sample items from the menu. Igho says that this gives those who are less familiar with the dishes options before making their selections.
A Caribbean restaurant with Spanish flair
550 Westcott St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(315) 422 – 0208
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The menu at Las Delicias boasts Dominican, Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes like sweet and savory empanadas, tostones, boiled or fried yucca, Cuban sandwiches, squid and caribbean rice, fried king fish and mofongo. Furthermore, the eatery offers tropical papaya and passion fruit smoothies. Visitors can also treat themselves to morir soñando and coffee, so one visit will have you feeling right at home.
Tried and true
440 South Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13204
Monday – Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(315) 478 – 5303
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Irwin “Bongo” Hanslip is proud of his Jamaican heritage. He loves sharing his culture through each homemade dish at JerkHut Restaurant. Like Igho, Hanslip said that he learned how to cook from his mother, though it’s the service that he prides himself on.
“I’m not chasing the dollar. I’m here to serve the community and that’s why we are where we are,” Hanslip said. “I’m a testimony. I’m here as a whole product of the Caribbean community.”
In the mood for brown stew chicken, curry goat, jerk fish, patties and coco bread or ackee and saltfish? Hanslip said that it’s all at the JerkHut Restaurant, plus the seamoss, ting and sorrel to wash it down.
For that reason, in the words of Bongo: “You can come here, eat some food, reminisce, listen to some good Bob Marley and feel at home. That’s what it’s all about.”