It was my first trip to Calypso Cafe and to be honest, I was a little hesitant as I've never been a big fan of food that wasn't typical American fare. 4-years later, I'm still thanking God that my hesitation didn't stop me.
My first dining experience was at the Elliston Place location right in the middle of the Vanderbilt School year, so I had to wait in a long line of college students to make my way to a cozy table in the corner. With this being my first journey I took a friend who would eat every meal from Calypso if she could.
I was told I had to order the fruit tea because it was the best - again the hesitation set in, because typically fruit tea is sugar tea. Not in this case, the rich array of fruits added a nice sweetness to the tea without overpowering the taste. I was also told that the Black Bean Nachos with Chicken were the way to go for the first meal. I noticed that the nachos came with a side of barbeque sauce, again hesitant, but I went with it.
The nachos arrived in record time, nice and hot topped with black bean dip, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and green onions and jalapeños. I poured the barbeque sauce all over and took my first bite of this delicious dish. The sweet and tangy barbeque sauce is the perfect compliment to the nachos. I returned the next day to have the same dish.
Over the last 4 years I have spent multiple lunches/dinners at Calypso Cafe and have tried everything on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. I've been on a Lucayan Salad kick lately and am always so full that I am able to skip my dinner meal.
The service here is always quick and friendly and if you're not in the mood to eat in the restaurant, take out only take a minute or two. If you're in the mood for great food with a Caribbean flair, visit Calypso Cafe - you'll continue to go back, I guarantee it!