Forsyth Mo. – The Caribbean Islands comprise a group of island nations situated off the southern tip of Florida. Many rich and different cultures reside there. So, it was with some interest that I learned that a restaurant that was going to serve Caribbean cuisine was due to open in Forsyth MO!
Caribbean cuisine (for those who don’t know) is a fusion of African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, Indian/South Asian, Middle Eastern, and even Chinese. These traditions were brought from many different countries, when people originally moved to the Caribbean.
Ingredients that are common in many of the dishes are rice, plantains, beans, cassava, cilantro, bell peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut, and any of various meats that are locally available like beef, poultry, pork or fish. A characteristic seasoning for the region is a green herb-and-oil-based marinade which imparts a flavor profile which is quintessentially Caribbean in character. Ingredients may include garlic, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, celery, green onions, and herbs like cilantro, Mexican mint, chives, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon and thyme.
According to their FB site, the name of the restaurant will be called The Coqui! It is to be a family style restaurant and is expected to open sometime in March. Breakfasts will be served from 8am to 11am, lunches from 11am to 1:30 pm and à la carte all day after 12:00 pm. No mention as to whether they plan to serve liquor.
I’ll try and post whenever I hear anything new!