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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Caribbean/Cuban 

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL 3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600 The Ital plate combines callaloo, rice and peas, plantains, salad and bread. Stir-fried shrimp are served with a side of rice and beans. The popular jerk chicken is served with callaloo, rice and peas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHURROS CAFE 3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, 885-6516 The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of the beignet. The ropa viejo features shredded beef simmered in red gravy and served with white rice and black beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT 321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.com Seafood paella combines fish, shrimp and chicken in saffron rice. Bistec Cubana is thinly cut steak seasoned with garlic, lime and herbs and served with onion, parsley, sweet plantains, black beans and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE RUM HOUSE 3128 Magazine St., 941-7560; www.rumhousenola.com The Caribbean-themed restaurant offers a variety of tacos and Latin-inspired dishes. The Mr. Biggs plate includes four tacos from choices such as the fried oyster with spicy remoulade and caper relish, shredded pork with mole sauce and pineapple, or jerk-spiced vegetables with avocado lime sour cream. The jerk fish features black drum grilled on the half shell with house made garlic jerk lime butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 10, Gretna, 265-8946; www.toc504.com Haitian dishes fill the menu at Taste of the Caribbean. Goat meat is marinated for 24 hours and served in a stew with onions, potatoes, bell peppers and garlic, with rice, salad and plantains on the side. Fried or grilled whole red snapper is served with peppers, onions, rice, salad, plantains and lime wedges. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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