According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Caribbean meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Experience Latin and Caribbean fare the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon. For $7, you get $15 worth of Jamaican, Caribbean, and Latin cuisine at Antonio's Café in Gaithersburg. Your Groupon can be used toward anything edible, drinkable, or proboscisable, including the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
Antonio's menu is stocked full of moderately priced eats, including multiple savory vegan options. Their jerk chicken is so well loved it is available in nearly every form—on a sandwich with lettuce and special sauce ($5); atop a salad ($6.95); as a straight-up entree with rice, peas, and salad ($8.95); or mini-sized as a sandwich for kids, Polly Pockets, and other mini-eaters ($3.50). Other main plates include stewed oxtail ($10.75), vegan shrimp with coconut-mango salsa ($13.95), and curried shrimp roti with potatoes ($12.50). Add a side of fried sweet plantains ($2.75), among other sides, or a sip-tastic imported or domestic beer.
Feasting at Antonio's is reminiscent of beating a steel-drum tongue with jerk drumstick. As authentically imported eats bounce to the beats of bites, a cozy atmosphere surrounds diners with a hug from the equator. The cuisine and décor combine elements harvested from Jamaica, Cuba, Narnia, the Dominican Republic, and other places. It's a quaint place for a double blind date, a daily family reunion, or a social gathering of underdog bobsled teams.
The Washington Post likes Antonio's Café's simple décor and authentic cuisine:
- The self-service restaurant within is spare but sweet, its 40 or so seats surrounded by walls the color of mango. A couple of suspended TVs are tuned to games or cartoons. Most of the food resonates with home-cooked appeal, be it tender chunks of goat packaged in folds of roti or mellow tamals of shredded chicken, green olives and peas, all bundled in a banana leaf. The floral fruit punch gets its true taste from fresh lemon, pineapple and orange juices. A diner might wish for sturdier plates (juices are quick to soak into the paper ones served here), but the island and Latin accents are for the most part crowd-pleasers. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
- This restaurant used to be the Jamaican 'Negril.' It has transitioned beautifully from that popular place, and has kept that place's wonderful menu. Don't miss the Fricassee Chicken white meat or the wonderful oxtail, both ambrosia!! On top of it all, parking is plentiful! – GarveyD, Yahoo! Local
18509 N Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879Get Directions