Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get $30 worth of Caribbean-Creole fare at Dhat Island in Redlands.
Dhat Island's culinary coxswains navigate epicurean exploration with a menu that opens up a whole world of authentic island flavors to venturesome palates. As diners settle in amid island portraits and decorative plants, they can fire the gustatory start pistol with an appetizer of sweet plantain fritters ($4.95). The palate-popular creole half chicken lounges beneath a tangy blanket of citrus and garlic, and the ox-tail-bullion stew bubbles with carrots, potatoes, and bell peppers ($14.95).
Sample some of Poseidon's finest culinary offerings with seven seafood entrees that range from fried creole tilapia ($13.95) to a seasoned conch ($19.95), which summons Billy Ocean when properly blown into. Red-matted photographs hanging on the walls salivate as forks swan dive into the caribbean cake to retrieve bites of toasted pecans, banana, coconut, and pineapple ($4.95). Chilly straws offer up sips of smoothies and shakes that blend mango, pineapple, and guava into glacial concoctions perfect for cooling down tasters after licking an asteroid ($3.50+).
Dhat Island spawned out of Island, a former catering company specializing in Caribbean and Creole fare. When loyal clients of the catering company began making requests for "that rice" and "that chicken,” it prompted the company’s owners to create a full-fledged restaurant with a new name: Dhat Island. Dhat Island's head chef uses elements from her husband's recipes and blends them with traditional Southern cuisine in a varied menu. Plaintain fritters, oxtail tamales, and bourbon chicken are featured alongside mainstays such as whole red tilapia, which is seasoned, fried, and nestled on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados.
In Dhat Island's Sunday Feast series, diners gather around a communal table to enjoy family-style portions of chicken, seafood, and beef and brag about their most recent report cards. For dessert, you can pick from a platter of sugar-dusted beignets.
509 N Eureka St.
Redlands, California 92374