You never have to travel far to experience a taste of the Caribbean in New Orleans. The city's island roots are especially celebrated through cultural events like this weekend's NOLA Caribbean Festival. Over the course of four days, attendees can experience traditional and inspired island cuisine, DJs, art, and of course, parades.
If you can't make it to this year's party, there are plenty of local eateries that help fill the void. Below, 5 of our favorites.
This Warehouse District gem is led by St. Lucia-raised Chef Nina Compton. She combines her roots with New Orleans cuisine (with some French and Italian influence as well) to create mouthwatering dishes such as the curried goat paired with sweet potato gnocchi, cow heel soup, and spiced pig ears. comperelapin.com
The Rum House
Created to be an escape from the daily grind, The Rum House is a place where you can simply let loose. You'll find anything from a jerk chicken quesadilla to Jamaica's take on the hamburger at this Caribbean taqueria. With an extensive rum list and plenty of "boat drinks" to choose from, this spot will begin to feel like a beach-side getaway in no time. therumhouse.com
Influenced by the world's tropical foodways, Carmo delivers healthy dishes chock full of Caribbean flavors. The varied menu includes recipes containing fresh fish and exotic fruit, while also offering typical street fare. Their curry, banana cake, and mofongo relleno are all worth ordering. cafecarmo.com
Flavor is at the forefront of Baru's Caribbean and Latin-inspired recipes. Visit the Magazine Street restaurant for tasty small plates that standout from the crowd. Some of our favorites include the ceviche, yucca fritters, risotto, and empanadas. barutapasnola.com
Combining classic soul food with Caribbean fare, Bonnets is a worthy choice for a healthy dose of island cooking. This contemporary Lower Garden District space offers both meaty and vegan options, often seasoned with a jerk style blend. @bonnetsnola