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It shouldn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to get something to eat, right? Truth is, it doesn't. You just need to look in the right places. Not sure where to look? We have compiled a list to make your search way much easier. Check it out...
Biting into a curry goat patty
Devon House Bakery doesn’t just bakes breads, buns and biscuits. They make a wide variety of treats for those who are peckish, hungry or just not full enough. Of course, those with a sweet tooth will have more than enough to choose from.
Open 10 am to 10 pm
Tastee patties is the favourite patty place for many Jamaicans. They have been around since 1966, and in addition to delicious patties, they are known as the first company to sponsor a local talent search competition, much like Digicel is doing these days. In addition to a ‘proper’ meal as in the image above, you can get callaloo loaf, ackee and saltfish loaf, porridges and much more.
Open 7am to 10pm.
Pepperwood has maintained the same business model as its predecessor. Creating a close-to-nature atmosphere even in the heart of New Kingston and providing patrons with tasty Jamaican food at reasonable prices. It’s a popular meeting spot for Jamaicans and the success of the model has seen it expand into Portmore recently. Some of the side orders are just as delectable as the specialties: Bammy, breadfruit, sweet potato, fried ripe plantain and a variety of soups.
Open: Mon - Fri: 11am to 10pm
Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
Island Grill is a Jamaican fast food chain that seeks to promote healthy eating. They describe jerk cooking as the soul of island grill. They give credit to the Maroons for inventing this culinary style centuries ago. Try their hominy porridge for breakfast, a yabba for lunch and a sandwich combo for supper.
Open 24 hrs (Twin Gates Plaza branch)
So, it’s clear by now that jerk is quite common among ordinary folk. I love ackee and saltfish, but those who think our national dish should be jerk chicken or jerk pork or curry goat do have a point -after all, we import all our saltfish. And Sweetwood Jerk Joint is certainly making a name for itself in this niche. Their jerk pork, the outdoor dining, the soft music and wheelchair accessibility are some of the pluses that Sweetwood has in its favour.
Open 11.30am to 10pm.
Address: 78 Knutsford Blvd, Kgn 5
Phone: (876) 906 4854
When compared with Tastee, Juici is a new kid on the block. But the debate about which is better, isn’t so clear cut. Many feel Tastee is better, and many think Juici is better, but one thing for certain, these two patty eateries dominate the Jamaican patty landscape. Try Juici’s peacorn porridge for breakfast, a patty and chicken soup for lunch and a veggie loaf for supper.
Open: Mon to Fri: 7am to 9pm, Sat-Sun: 7am to 10pm.
China Garden is the only Chinese restaurant on this top ten list. They claim all meals are cooked to order and you may call or even fax in your order before 10 am. They invite patrons to choose from their delectable range of appetisers, soups, pork dishes, poultry dishes, seafood and beef dishes. They have been around for 16 years, so they gotta be doing something right. And they have free wifi.
Open Mon to Sat: 11.30 am to 9 pm, Sun: 12 noon to 7 pm.
New Leaf is the only restaurant to make it to both the Best Vegetarian list as well as this the Top Ten Cheap Eats list. That says something. Now they consider themselves as primarily a take out restaurant, though they do have some seating. They also claim to “use only the freshest local produce and wholesome natural ingredients to create sumptuous burgers, stir-frys, pastas and lots of other interesting daily soups and specials.”
Open Mon to Sat: 11 am to 6 pm. Sun: Closed.
The Oasis on the Oxford is not just a restaurant, it’s also an events venue. There is a bar there too. If you are desirous of a filling and healthy meal, a delightful dish of fish fillet completed with curry rundown sauce and white rice is a great choice. Also, the delectable deep-fried chicken made perfect with a sweet zesty honey garlic sauce and served with rice and peas is a favourite among regular and new patrons. But, if you want to try something new, the Campari barbecue wings with fries is worthy of your time.
Open: Mon - Sat: 9 am to 6 pm.
Ok, I know what y’all are thinking. You’re saying I cheated, right? What is an ice cream parlor doing in this list? Well, this is not a list of restaurants, mind you, it is a list of eateries, which may include not just restaurants, but cafeterias as well. And in any case, Devon House Jamaica is ranked 4th best place to eat ice cream in the world according to National Geographic. Their 27 flavours include traditional Rum and raisin, devon stout, cherry and pistachio to exotic island treats like mango, coconut, and soursop.
Open: Everyday 11am to 10pm