If you want to plan a fun-filled vacation that includes plenty of sun and sand, you may want to think about heading to the Caribbean. One thing you will probably do on your vacation is eat out at Caribbean restaurants. If you're not used to traveling far from home, you might be concerned about what kinds of food there is to eat in the Caribbean. To help you know what to order when you're at a Caribbean restaurant, here are three delicious suggestions.

1. Jerk Chicken

If you happen to be in Jamaica during your stay in the Caribbean, you will definitely see jerk chicken on the menu. If you like spicy and savory foods, you will want to try jerk chicken at a Caribbean restaurant. This food looks similar to BBQ chicken, but the different seasonings give it a different flavor.

Some of the spices and herbs used to make jerk chicken include:

  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Pimento
  • Allspice
  • Cayenne pepper

Many people in the Caribbean cook jerk chicken over coals in an open pit. Besides tasting delicious, jerk chicken is a healthy food option when eating out at a Caribbean restaurant.

2. Callaloo

If you're looking for a great veggie dish, most Caribbean restaurants serve a food called callaloo. This dish is made with the green leaves of the taro plant. Even though callaloo is made with leaves, it's not considered a salad; instead, it's more of a stew. This is due to the fact that taro leaves are poisonous when they are eaten raw, which is why they must be thoroughly cooked.

If taro leaves are not available, restaurants might use kale, collard greens, or spinach. Besides green leaves, callaloo is also cooked with okra, coconut milk, onions, bell peppers, and local seasonings. Many people say callaloo has somewhat of a bitter flavor with a nutty undertone.

3. Roti

If you go to a Caribbean restaurant and are craving carbohydrates, you might want to try a flatbread called roti. This popular Caribbean food is also known as chapati. Roti is similar to a tortilla except it is made with whole wheat flour and water. Some people also add ghee or oil when making the flatbread. You can either eat roti plain, or you can turn it into a wrap by filling it with other foods.

Some of the more popular foods that people eat with their roti include:

  • Curried chicken or duck
  • Stewed meat
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin

If you want to try roti while in the Caribbean, be on the lookout for roti shops that specialize in making roti wraps.