5537 Sheldon Road(in Bay Plaza)
Tampa Fl. 33615
I grew up eating Caribbean foods. My moms family is from Trinidad and my dads came from down south. Dinner at my house could run the gamut between fried chicken and collards to curry goat and cassava. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it wasn’t like that at most of my friends homes. Most of my friends had no desire to have any contact with a goat curried or not and stayed in their American culinary comfort zones. But if you have an adventurous palate and a love for spicy food this place could be for you.
Rasta has a little something for everyone and their cuisine takes me right back to childhood.They have several jerk dishes which is traditional Jamaican fare but they also have curry which is traditionally Trinidadian. Islanders will enjoy the salt fish or curry ox tails, and yes goat. Beginners may want to start with a jerk burger or chicken and all come with peas and rice, steamed plantains and a veg.Lunch with a soda or ginger beer(homemade) is less than 10.00.
Straight from Jamaica the husband and wife owners are friendly and keep the food authentic. If you’re a beef patty fan get there early as they sell out fast. I’ve only got there in time to get a patty once but it was good and spicy and the shell was light and flakey. So the next time you’re in the mood for some real island flava ,give Rasta Express a try.