Caribbean Flavors of Portland

Tuesday is Caribbean day of Support Black Owned Restaurants Week, and you have a lot to choose from:


Jerk chicken from Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine

Portland now boasts 4 Jamaican eateries–3 dine-in restaurants and a food cart. See the Willamette Week’s recent review of all 4, or try them all for yourself:

Jamaica House
This Jamaican restaurant is a welcome new addition to St. Johns, in a cozy converted house (formerly the Baowery).
8307 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203
(503) 462-9710

Chef/owner Keacan Phillips of Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine

Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine
Yes! You have arrived and been transported to Jamaica from the less tropical clime of North Portland. This popular cart has now expanded to a dine-in restaurant.
441 N Killingsworth St,
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 289-1423

Jamaican Jerk
A brand new food Jamaican food cart over in Piedmont.
1540 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
(971) 222-4526

Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine
A relatively new Jamaican casual dine-in eatery.
3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr
Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 432-8066


One of the many gluten-free dishes from Mathilde’s Kitchen

Caribbean Kitchen
This Caribbean food cart downtown features Haitian patties, some Caribbean staples and also some American food thrown in. Reviewer says: “Delicious chicken that falls off the bone! Great beans and rice, and you have to try the fried plantains.”
429 SW Stark St., Portland, OR 97204
(971) 337-5063

Have you missed the crave-worthy Jouk Li Jou cart and wondered where it went? Don’t worry, chef/owner Mathilde has just changed its name and you can still get your fix at the Mercado:

Mathilde’s Kitchen Haitian Cuisine – formerly Jouk Li Jou
7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
(503) 489-3870

Caribbean Fusion

Cheloulou Fire from the Island
This brand new cart just opened this month. Caribbean-American comfort foods. We haven’t tracked down any contact info yet.
At the ALA Carts pod: 10131 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216

West African/Ghanaian

West Africa is of course not considered part of the Caribbean; but we are listing Portland’s single W. African/Ghanaian eatery because this cuisine is the origin of so many flavors and techniques that were transported to the Caribbean and American south in the slave trade. If enjoy Caribbean foods, you might find a trip to Black Star Grill worth exploring:

Black Star Grill
Near PSU South, at 1967 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 559-4246


Looking for Caribbean spices or ingredients for your own kitchen? Try:

Caribbean Spice
Market and convenience store specializing in Caribbean food staples.
4516 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218
(503) 493-2737

Mama Pauline’s African Market
Afro-Caribbean Market
4606 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 281-6264


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