Taste the tropics with takeout from these 6 Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham

RowZac Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham
So much flavor in one photo. Photo via RowZac Caribbean Restaurant’s Facebook

I am so ready for the summer. Warm weather and getaways would be a nice break from running up my electricity bill. That’s still a few months away. However, you can get a taste of the tropics without traveling. Grab a meal at one of these six Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham. Plus, check out the impressive bonus spot here in the Magic City.

1. Tropical Grill Jamaican Restaurant

Jerk chicken plate from Tropical GRILL Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham
Looks like my weekend dinner plans. Photo via Tropical GRILL Jamaican Restaurant’s Facebook

Jamaican patties are golden, flakey hand pies with a savory filling. Tropical Grill Jamaican Restaurant makes vegetable, beef or chicken patties. They also serve all the classics, like jerk chicken. Don’t forget a piece of the sweet coco bread. Orders are takeout only at the moment.

  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 12-7PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-8PM
  • Location: 2149 Bessemer Rd, Birmingham, AL 35208
  • Contact: Facebook | Call

2. RowZac Caribbean Restaurant

RowZac Caribbean serves favorite dishes similar to other Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham. One key item on their menu is the ackee and saltfish. This dish is Jamaica’s national dish starring the ackee fruit.

RowZac Caribbean is open for dine-in, or you can get it delivered through FoodHub and enjoy an additional ten percent off your order.

  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM
  • Location: 3641 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Call
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3. Tropicaleo

Birmingham
I wish I could eat this photo. Photo via Tropicaleo.

Tropicaleo is a Birmingham favorite for vegan food. They are the first restaurant in Alabama to partner with ZeroEgg. Tropicaleo serves Puerto Rican classics, like mofongo. Right now they are selling vegetarian and vegan empanadas again.

Order online, or call ahead for contactless pick-up. You can also dine-in on their heated back patio.

  • Hours: Monday-Tuesday 5-9PM | Wednesday-Thursday, Sunday 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM
  • Location: 4426 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

4. Southern Caribbean Jamaican Restaurant

Southern Caribbean Jamaican Restaurant Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham
Their take on jerk pasta. Photo via Southern Caribbean Jamaican Restaurant’s Facebook

Southern Caribbean Jamaican Restaurant’s curry chicken was one of the best meals I had in college. They serve all the classic Caribbean dishes. One dish is the escovitch fish—fried fish topped with a medley of vegetables. Along with the Caribbean dishes, they cook up fried okra and mac and cheese.

This is a tasty spot where you can get a taste of everything. Make sure to call ahead for take out.

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday  11AM-8PM
  • Location: 1116 Lomb Ave, Birmingham, AL 35211
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Call

5. Miami Fusion Café

Birmingham, Miami Fusion Cafe, Brook Highland, Highway 280
Miami Fusion Café’s pulled pork plate. Photo via Miami Fusion Cafe’s Facebook page

Miami Fusion Café serves mouthwatering sandwiches. They also offer all the plantains and yucca you could want. Miami Fusion Café offers a menu of blended flavors from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Dine-in at one of their two locations. You can also order delivery on UberEats or DoorDash.

  • Hours: Downtown: Monday-Friday 10AM-2PM | 280: Tuesday-Thursday 10AM-9PM, Friday-Saturday 10AM-10PM
  • Locations: 2015 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 | 5511 Hwy 280, Suite 114, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call Downtown | Call 280

6. Jake’s Soul Food Café

At Jake’s Soul Food Café, you can get oxtails and shrimp & grits all in one place. Jake’s Soul Food Café has Southern favorites, like fried catfish. You’ll also find curries and jerk chicken on their menu. Their impressive selection of Jamaican sodas pair well with their dishes.

Call in or order online for takeout.

  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-8PM | Sunday 11AM-6PM
  • Location: 3075 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call
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Bonus: Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Plate of food from Red Sea Ethiopian
Falafel is the way to my heart. Photo via Red Sea Ethiopian & Mediterranean’s Facebook

Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean restaurant is not one of the Caribbean restaurants in Birmingham. They are actually Birmingham’s only Ethiopian restaurant. Their restaurant now serves Cajun classics, too. Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean is too impressive to leave out.

You can dine-in if you’d like. If you want delivery, order through Grub Hub, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Waiter on the Way.

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