A new Caribbean restaurant has brought Jamaican cuisine like jerk chicken and curry goat to Schererville.
Phil's Caribbean Cuisine opened at at 2330 Cline Ave. in a strip mall with Van Tobel, World Gym and Social 219 just south of U.S. 30. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant seats about 60 diners in the space last occupied by the Sal y Limon Mexican restaurant. It also offers take-out and catering.
Owner Phillip A. Daniels decided to open the ethnic restaurant after his parents moved down the street three years ago.
"There wasn't anything like this out here," he said. "Schererville has plenty of burgers and pizza, but Caribbean places are few and far between. I want to bring a Jamaican flare to the area."
Caribbean cuisine, known for its slow cooking, spices and flavorful seasonings, has been taking off in the Region in recent years. Montego Bay Grille opened earlier this year on the other side on Lake County in downtown Hobart, and the Cool Runnings food truck recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Michigan City.
"I think there's a growing appreciation of Caribbean food," Daniels said. "Schererville didn't need another restaurant. It did need something different, fresh, and flavorful, with a good ambiance and great customer service."
Phil's Caribbean Cuisine also specializes in traditional fare, including authentic jerk chicken, brown stew chicken, curry chicken, beef oxtails, and bone-in whole red snapper while Bob Marley music plays in the background. Entrees come with sides like rices and peas, steamed cabbage, sweet potatoes and mac and cheese.
Lunch meals range from $5.99 to $10, and dinner entrees go for between $11 and $16
"It's a taste of the Caribbean on Cline," he said. "You can sample foods you might not have every day like beef oxtails and load up on the spices."
Phil's Caribbean Cuisine does not serve beer or wine because it's striving to have a family atmosphere. It will eventually add Jamaican sodas like ginger beer and offer delivery to surrounding neighborhoods.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 219-227-8780 or visit phils.business.site.