Some people say that New Orleans is the northern-most city of the Caribbean. When you travel throughout the city, it’s easy to find the deeper southern influences all over the city. New Orleans has always been one of the biggest ports in the world, and a lot of the goods imported to our country came from the Caribbean and the production that occurred there: sugar cane, coffee and fruits, especially bananas. Include the big rum culture that’s inspired the famous Louisiana daiquiris and you can really see why some people tend to think that New Orleans has more in common with the Caribbean islands than with the rest of the U.S.
One of the best places to go to in town that really celebrates this Caribbean influence is The Rum House. Located on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, The Rum House is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant that is always busy and never fails to impress. It tends to be a busy spot, so expect to wait for about twenty minutes for a table. While you wait, grab a seat at the bar and enjoy a delicious mixed cocktail. One of the best on the menu is the lime coconut frozen daiquiri, a slushee-like drink that tastes like key lime pie. If you palette isn’t quite so sweet, you can find many other straight-forward drinks that don’t include as much sugar.
The restaurant itself is colorful, open and tends to be a little loud, so if you’re looking for an intimate setting where you can have a quiet conversation, this is not the place. The walls are decorated with bright colors and paintings and there are TVs scattered about. There are also plenty of tables to sit outside, if the weather is cooperating.
The menu is filled with familiar and exotic dishes, so you can find something comforting or push yourself out of your comfort zone a bit. You can find entrees filled with different meats – pork, chicken, beef, lamb – and all kinds of seafood – shrimp, squid, fish. One of the best deals is the taco combination, where you can pick out between two to four tacos out of a list of about a dozen and then you can choose a few sides with it. If you are looking for the biggest variety in your meal, this combination is the way to go.
On the weekends, The Rum House tends to fill up quickly, so either go early to beat the rush, or get ready to wait for a little while to sit. But once you’re seated, the service is smooth and fast and you’ll be able to enjoy your Caribbean meal in no time.