De Real Ting Cafe is the most formal of the local Caribbean restaurants. Servers take your order at your table. Because it's downtown on Monroe Street, the crowd is more mixed than most. It serves beer and wine, and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the cafe is as much a club as it is a restaurant, with live reggae in the big back room. Jamaica-New Jersey native Hanif Kissonlal opened De Real Ting Cafe in downtown Jacksonville in 1997. The signature dishes at De Real Ting, he said, are the jerk chicken and jerk fish. ....De Real Ting Cafe is adding Sunday afternoon jerk parties outside, with the chicken cooked long and slow in the courtyard.
The Ultimate Caribbean Experience in Jacksonville.(Locally Owned & Operated) This underground restaurant and nightlife destination for Reggae and dance hall features traditional Caribbean fare such as oxtail, conch fritters and curries. This sizzling space features a stage and two large dance rooms with a capacity of 400+.