Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with transatlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Caribbean and creole fare during breakfast at Dhat Island in Redlands. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday only.
Dhat Island's culinary coxswains lead epicurean explorations with a breakfast menu that opens up a sun-soaked world of island recipes to venturesome palates. Diners settle into environs filled with paintings of warm sandy refuges and decorative plants to contemplate an 8-ounce grilled steak that rubs elbows with sweet plantains and southern grits ($14) as house-made creole sausages delight forks like a job demolishing bouncy castles. Red-matted photographs hanging on the walls salivate as sauce-flecked shrimp ($11) tuck into a bed of grits or polenta, and patrons punctuate bites of watercress-garnished beef liver ($12) with sips of akasin, a traditional Haitian cornmeal shake served hot or cold ($4.95). Citric spheres from less than 16 miles away find themselves squeezed like a corseted accordion for glasses of fresh orange juice ($2.75).
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