Sponsored Feature | Taste the flavors of the Caribbean: Right on Main Street!
Last updated 7/8/2020 at 1:10pm
A taste of the Caribbean is right here in Edmonds, and with over half a year in business, Calypso is still bringing a fresh, cool vibe to the restaurant scene.
From conch fritters to coconut prawns, guests can dive into a wide variety of Caribbean cuisine offered at Calypso, which can transport you to an island getaway, in the heart of Edmonds.
Michael Chambers and Jennifer Myatt opened Calypso, in the old Cafe de Paris location, in December 2018, and it has been thriving ever since.
“Every week, every month is better than the last,” Chambers said of their restaurant.
And it’s easy to see with the friendly staff, tasty food, sleek style and relaxed atmosphere Calypso offers.
“We’re just trying to be consistent, give great service, great food, and a good time,” said Myatt. “We’re hoping that everybody is liking it.”
Myatt, from Nova Scotia, and Chambers, from Silver Lake, Washington, were inspired to open a Caribbean-themed restaurant because of their experience living in Grand Cayman, where the couple met.
Myatt was a bartender at a hotel pool bar in Grand Cayman, while Chambers started as a bartender, and eventually became a part owner of a few night clubs and a pool hall.
Chambers and Myatt also credit their community of friends and family from around the world, as well as huge support from other local restaurants in Edmonds, for helping them launch Calypso.
Their personal stories weave into their restaurant, and it is evident the two love what they do and are passionate about the industry, especially the food.
Notably, Chambers pointed out that the husband and wife tag team has over 50 years of restaurant experience between the two of them.
“When I touch a table and I ask how everything is and people say how amazing it is that just makes you feel really good inside,” said Chambers.
And it is amazing. From rasta pasta large shell pasta with a jerk cream sauce, jerk chicken and vegetables to the blackened rockfish to even the Caesar salad, Calypso gives guests a slice of the Caribbean with their experience.
To start, guests can try a margarita, piña colada or a Calypso IPA, brewed especially for the restaurant out of calypso hops from Salish Sea Brewing Company.
The happy hour is also unbeatable, with an extended happy hour from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
During happy hour, pork ribs are $8, the jalapeno cornbread is $4, and guests can get three street tacos for $10, while all cocktails are $8 and are also available nonalcoholic.
The Caribbean islands have influences from China, India, France, the Netherlands and more, which inspires Calypso’s menu, said Chambers.
“You can eat anything in the Caribbean,” he said. “That leaves our window wide open to cook and experiment with whatever we want.”
Every day, Chambers brings in fresh food for head chef, Jason Orth, who is “responsible for all the magic,” Chambers said.
About every week to two weeks, Calypso has an alternating chef’s special menu, that Orth creates with Chambers, which allows guests to experiment with something new, including a fan favorite: Caribbean lobster tail mac and cheese.
Regardless of the items on the chef’s special menu, Orth creates something incredible to take its place, said Chambers.
By the end of July, they will add a bar to the restaurant to open up the space to allow more guests to enjoy drinks, said Chambers.
Cruise down and hang out with friends, old and new, sip on a slushy strawberry daiquiri or mojito, and enjoy a little slice of the islands while you’re at it.
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