Islander Caribbean Restaurant

Caribbean
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Islander Caribbean Restaurant photo
Megan Rossman/The Post
This Caribbean transplant cooks up homestyle Trinidadian cuisine.
Tue-Thu noon-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat noon-1 am; Sun noon-10 pm; Mon closed
(U Street/Cardozo)
U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green Line)
202-234-4955
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Editorial Review

Islander Restaurant owner and chef Addie Green hails from Trinidad, and weekends find an international crowd sipping fruity rum punch and Trinidad's Carib beer on the sidewalk patio and inside the narrow lounge, grooving to lively Caribbean music.

The standout here is a traditional Dark and Stormy: The bartender fills a cup with ginger beer and drizzles dark Myers's rum on top. Slices of lime decorate the rim. The Islander makes its own ginger beer, which can be candy-sweet, but is balanced somewhat with pungent spice. It's truly one of a kind.