Blue Bananas Cafe

223 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Directions
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The Blue Bananas menu of Caribbean dishes and Caribbean-influenced American favorites is designed to cause vivid hallucinations of ocean breezes, sand underfoot, and back-warming sunshine, even in the dead of a Philly winter. Appetizers such as the crispy coconut shrimp ($11.95) start things off with the flavor of Gilligan and the Skipper's favorite telephone, while the jerk chicken wings ($8.95) draw on a staple of Caribbean cooking and a prime ingredient in many of Blue Bananas’ best dishes: jerk spices made from freshly ground-up jerks. Dry-rubbing or marinating meats in this very hot mix of Caribbean spices gives dishes like the jerk pork ($8.50) or chicken ($12.95) sandwiches a distinctive flavor guaranteed to alter one's pronunciation of the word “man.” To get a larger mouthful of island goodness without swallowing a lot of sand, try one of Blue Bananas’ Caribbean special dinners such as a half-chicken rubbed in jerk spices ($14.95) or the mango coconut curry shrimp ($16.95). If you're in the mood for straight-up Caribbean comfort food, opt instead for the brown stew chicken ($12.95), cooked in brown sugar and traditional island spices, or the tender, slow-cooked oxtail stew ($14.95).

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Philadelphia Restaurant Guide

While Philadelphia will always be known as the home of the cheesesteak, it has a wide variety of cuisines that can be found in places other than a typical sandwich shop. From romantic French cuisine to traditional Mexican food, Philadelphia restaurants provide an assortment of foods and experiences that can delight even the most dedicated foodie.

People who enjoy French food, attentive service and an incredible ambiance should stop by Parc Restaurant, Bistro & Cafe. The valet service and outdoor seating at Parc will provide a carefree, relaxing evening, which is perfect for romance. Hidden away on 8th Street, the popular restaurant Bibou brings French charm to Philadelphia. Customers eating at Bibou who want to enjoy wine with their dinner should prepare to bring their own bottle.

Diners interested in modern Asian fusions should visit one of four popular spots. Old City Asian Bistro and Buddakan are both located in Olde City. Chifa, which serves Peruvian/Asian fusions, and Sampan, a small-plate restaurant, are both located in the Market East neighborhood. They both have chef's tasting menus, which is a great way for those dining alone to experience a variety of menu options.

For a complete departure from standard Philadelphia food, diners should consider one of the great Mexican restaurants in the area. Those dining in Philadelphia who are looking for authentic Mexican cuisine should try Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria. El Jarocho is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves beef tongue tacos and cemitas. Diners interested in authentic tortillas should stop by Tortilleria San Roman to sample some amazing tortillas, chips and salsa.

Customers who are looking for delicious food at locations other than sandwich shops, pizzerias or burger joints will be happy to know that Philadelphia is a city that will meet their dining needs.

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