October 3rd, 2013 by Jill Meredith – Comments (2)
When deciding where to eat, our minds tend to venture to the usual culprits like Italian, Mexican, an all American steak house or even Indian. But if you want something truly unique, spicy and unimaginably delicious, head on over to Brookside and give Hibiscus Caribbean Bar and Grill a try.
Open since June of 2008, this place serves gorgeous food that is as bold in bright, vibrant colors as it is in flavor too.
Originally from Trench Town in Kingston, Jamaica, LaTouche uses some family recipes, but also creates dishes that he thinks patrons will enjoy.
Having never eaten much authentic Jamaican food before, I enlisted the help of my friend, Heather, who loves eating there and knew exactly what we should order.
While perusing the menu, we both ordered the sorrell ($2.99), which is a sweet hibiscus tea. Lovely, with a beautiful fuchsia hue, it was fruity, but on the slightly sweet side. However loving anything sweet, I happily drank all of mine. Since refills are not included however, I opted to switch to water once the tea was gone. Heather enjoyed it too.
Since we were both starving, she suggested the Hibiscus Fries ($7.99). Light, crisp and totally greaseless, they were tossed with a pleasantly sweet Jamaican barbecue sauce. Covered with cheddar cheese and sprinkled with bacon, they were addictive enough for a whole meal. However knowing that we had more food coming, we paced ourselves.
So whoever came up with the brilliant idea that “great minds think alike” has obviously never done a restaurant review before. Since we both ordered the Lil Jerk ($11.99 with two sides) A flame grilled, quarter jerk seasoned chicken), there was only one entrée to try. After experiencing it for myself, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular dishes. Juicy, succulent and fall off the bone tender, this is chicken with attitude! The predominant spices in jerk are allspice and Scotch Bonnet peppers. Chef LaTouche uses some of his Jamaican bbq sauce in the jerk as a way to cut through some of the heat.
We did, however, differ on our side dishes. Heather ordered the white rice and Festival Bread, while I excitedly ordered the fried plantains and the Callaloo .Since plantains get sweeter when cooked. they were almost candy-like. The Callallo, a traditional spinach dish was also delicious.
Even though we were too stuffed to even consider dessert, they all sounded wonderful. Rum cake (lemon or chocolate) Pineapple Cheesecake and a Dessert of the Day are the choices. All desserts are $55.00 each.
If you’re craving something hot, spicy and just a little different, Hibiscus Caribbean Bar and Grill is a taste of the islands right here at home.
Hibiscus Bar and Grill
3316 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105
Jill Meredith – Author
Jill is a foodie and freelance writer who lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, their daughter and some furry family members. She loves spending time in the kitchen developing new recipes and reading cookbooks like novels. Besides writing for TulsaFood.com, Jill also writes monthly food related columns for Oklahoma Magazine and several weekly articles for Examiner.com. She loves sharing her knowledge and has even taught cooking classes.