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Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

Map & Directions 3761 Bloomington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Caribbean
  • Sun 11am-3pm, Sun 5pm-9pm, Tue-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-3pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available, Street


City Pages' Description

Visitors shouldn't let Marla's no-frills decor or (charmingly) informal service throw them for a loop. For one thing, the doubles are too good to miss. These tidbits are the island interpretation of the soft bread and curried tomato-chickpea dish known in Indian restaurants as chole puri. Ask them for spicy (ordering the mild incarnation is like eating eggs Benedict without hollandaise sauce) and prepare to marvel, as the soft warmth of the bread cradles and absorbs the chickpea and spicy chutney filling. Take a gulp of Ting-a Jamaican soft drink that uses its 6 percent grapefruit-juice content to cut through spice and starch like a dagger dipped in citric acid-and everything is right with the world. If there's any over-arching problem with the menu at Marla's, it's that it ranges so far. It's critical to try the roti, but then you'll miss out on the Caribbean chow mein. And you'll want to start with doubles, of course, but that may preclude getting a Jamaican beef patty or soft, spongy coco bread, which, in addition to being delicious in its own right, is perfect for sopping up spicy sauces. On a frigid winter evening, those are the sort of problems you want to have.

Member Reviews

  • hhunt wrote a review for Marla's Caribbean Cuisine
    on 05/18/10

    Marla's wins a best of award every year! You must go.

  • on 04/08/10

    Vegetable Dhalpourie roti w/ Reggae Style Ginger Brew. This is the best Caribbean place I've been to. It's a great deal as well. Enough food for a couple of meals.

  • on 03/21/09

    I believe Marla's Caribbean Cuisine is one of the best restaurant in the Twin Cities. The jerk dishes are better than anything I had in Jamaica. The roti is amazing. The dhal is awesome. The samosas are awesome. The various curries are awesome. I recommend the goat curry by the way. My favorite meal is the jerk chicken over red beans and brown rice. As Ickbal said in his... More >>

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  • Heavy Table on 05/20/09

    Get the hot, Indian/Trinidadian “doubles” and the richly spiced, slow-burn Jamaican jerk chicken.

  • City Pages on 02/22/11

    Voted as having the Best Takeout by City Pages in 2010’s Best of the Twin Cities. Order the kind of food you associate not with being in a hurry but with being on vacation.

  • Jill L. on 08/09/11

    They're closed from Aug 6-26, 2011.

  • Laura F. on 02/28/13

    When Marla says spicy, she means it! No "Minnesota Spicy" here. Food is delicious, but order spice level on the conservative side.

  • Rebecca B. on 01/03/13

    Amazing food. ESPECIALLY if you like spicy! Try a variety of the $3 sides and the roti wraps!!

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