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Caribe Caribbean Bistro

Map & Directions 791 Raymond Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55114
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651-641-1446
  • Caribbean
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Street

Description

City Pages' Description

Puerto Rico native Tony Panelli and Caribe (pronounced ca-REE-bay) chef/owner didn't grow up eating doubles, the famous Caribbean street snack, but the guy must be a quick study. The bread, or bara, is golden with turmeric and tastes like a cross between fry bread, roti, and naan. The chickpeas, or channa, are tender without being mushy, their interiors as creamy as custard. Pair it with jerk chutney and a little scotch bonnet hot sauce, and you'll have one of the best vegetarian sandwiches around. While the longtime local Caribbean eateries Marla's and Harry Singh's tend to focus on traditional cuisine from the West Indies (including delicious doubles), Panelli draws from the broader region, include more of the islands' Spanish and Latin influences, and create new fusion dishes. That means plump shrimp come slicked with a rum-molasses glaze, tattooed with black grill char, and served with curry-citrus rice. Or plantain-crusted grouper is served topped with a bright tomato/olive/caper sauce and plated with thin strips of taro root and yucca. Pair your meal with an imported Caribbean soda and squint your eyes while gazing on the restaurant's bright, beach mural tiny eatery becomes a poor man's seaside vacation.

 
Member Reviews

  • Tangeelala wrote a review for Caribe Caribbean Bistro
    on 09/14/10
    4

    Beautiful authentic food, full of cuban, puerto rican,and caribbean influences.. don't miss out on the breakfast pork hash with curried chick peas...to DIE for.

  • on 09/14/10
    4

    Full disclosure, I'm one of the owners! And I enthusiastically recommend my hubby's (the other owner) cooking. My personal favorite is the doubles and the island eggs benedict for brunch & a grapefruit soda.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 10/22/10

    Dig into the sharing-friendly Piñon; it'll dethrone your family casserole.

  • Heavy Table on 09/20/10

    Start with conch fritters and move on to the remarkable Piñon.

  • Kent B. on 07/29/12

    Caribe has closed and is no longer open at this location.

  • Keith F. on 01/27/12

    We the Cuban Stew and the Pork Tenderloin...about $30. Was pretty good and worth it. Not very busy but a small place. Third time there.

  • Julio O. on 01/16/12

    Mofongo, baby.

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