See below my favourite take-outs and restaurants I was visiting, whilst exploring Jamaica.
1. Mickey’s Jerk Centre – Boston Beach, Jamaica
Jamaica is famously known for its jerk and Boston Beach offers many street food spots selling jerked food. According to one of our local friends who live in JA, Mickey’s Jerk Centre, offers the best jerked food.
The concept of jerk is quite a simple one, it is when meat is dry-rubbed or wet-marinated with a hot spice mixture and then BBQ’d on coal. Mickey’s is reasonably priced, serving jerk chicken, fish, festival, sweet potato and drinks. You can’t go to Jamaica and not taste a piece of jerk chicken or fish – it is mandatory!
I had sweet potato, festival and fish which was cooked with veg in a wrap of tinned foil on the coal to perfection – yummy!
2. Mom’s Restaurant, Ocho Rios – home-cooked Caribbean food
Address : 7 Evelyn St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Number : +1 876-974-2811
3. Soldier’s Cafe Caribbean Restaurant – home-cooked Caribbean food
4. Juici Pattie – (Fast-Food Caribbean Snacks)
Address: everywhere in JA
Juici Pattie is a chain take-out, so you will see loads of them. The perfect spot for a quick snack. Mainly serving patties – another Jamaican favourite.
5. Popeyes Louisiana, Kingston (Fast-Food American)
Address: Half Way Tree Road, Kingston, Jamaica – American
Hailing from Louisianna, USA, Popeyes has found itself on Caribbean soil. Massively loved by the island, people from all over JA come to Popeyes when they are in the country’s capital – Kingston. A typical American fast-food menu – serving fried chicken, shrimp, seasoned fries and apple pies (the apple pies are honestly to die for – drooling!).
6. Mother’s, 17, Ocho Rios, Jamaica – (Fast-Food American/Caribbean)
A 24/7 spot take-out. Selling patties and American style fast-food stuff – fried chicken, burgers, fries etc.
6. Evita’s Italian Restaurant
Address: Eden Bower Rd, Jamaica
Although I am a firm believer in eating a country’s traditional food when there, sometimes it is nice to give your tastebuds a different flavour. A really nice Italian restaurant is Evita’s, situated on the top of a hill, the perfect place for a candle-lit dinner with your besties. The sea-food was beautiful!
7. Fruit and veg stops along the roadside
One thing I love about Jamaica is everyone seems to be selling something! I love the hustler spirit. While you are driving, you will see loads of make-shift huts ran by local people selling fruit and veg. I recommend, stopping off and enjoying the local produce of mangoes, watermelons, jelly-coconuts, papayas and sugarcane!
Words : @TheRubyMaeMoore