Island Noshing

Oklahoma Today|May/June 2020

Island Noshing
Carican Flavors offers a taste of paradise.
AYANNA NAJUMA
Sharon McMillan serves all of her featured entrées—goat, lamb, oxtail, and chicken—either curried or jerk-style with two sides like mac and cheese and red beans and rice.

JERK CHICKEN, RICE and peas, oxtails, plantains, and callaloo: For a menu with these exotic options, foodies might believe they have to get out their passports. But there is no need to travel to Jamaica, Trinidad, or other parts of the West Indies to enjoy delicious food like this. At Carican Flavors in Oklahoma City, owners Sharon and Michael McMillan serve a sensational Caribbean experience, minus the sand.

When the couple—who were originally from Trinidad—moved from New York City to Oklahoma City twenty years ago, it was not their goal to have a restaurant. Neither had experience in the food industry, but they realized they could combine their business knowledge with their enthusiasm for West Indian culture to bring delicious and nutritious Caribbean food to Oklahomans.

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