By Elizabeth Hazzard

There’s certainly a wealth of restaurants to explore in the nation’s Capital. If you’re hungry for some Haitian eats in or around the Washington, D.C. area, there are really two spots that stand out when it comes to traditional Haitian cuisine.

Gisele’s Creole Cuisine boasts its offering of traditional Haitian cuisine made with the freshest, local ingredients. With seating for 100 and more, the spacious restaurant serves a variety of Haitian dishes, including the likes of oxtail, cabrit (a goat meat dish) and poisson (red snapper).

Port-Au-Prince Haitian Cuisine Located in the Silver Spring area, the restaurant offers a truly Haitian cultural experience, melding traditional Haitian cuisine with artwork by Haitian artists. Haitian musicians also perform there on a monthly basis. If you’re looking to indulge in a true Haitian experience, Port-Au-Prince is a highly-recommended place to visit.

If you’re looking for Caribbean food in general, here are some other options:

Pimento Grill serves up some authentic Jamaican food and you’ll find your fill of jerk and curry dishes. Oxtail, goat and an array of fish entrees are mainstays on the menu there.

Los Hermanos is a family-run Dominican restaurant that has a goal of making you feel like family with its food. While it serves some dishes similar to the Haitian restaurants, it also spoons up Dominican favorites, like steak and onions and stewed chicken. And no meal here is complete without a friendly helping of rice and beans.

Elizabeth Hazard is a writer, producer and photography editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in various publications and websites. She frequently writes about art & culture, fashion and history.

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