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Foodie’s Corner : The best places to eat in Jamaica

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Foodie’s Corner : The best places to eat in Jamaica

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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 StOcho Rios, Jamaica, Number : +1 876-974-2811

When in Ocho Rios, this was the restaurant we visited the most. Customers can either eat in or take-out. Serving yummy traditional Caribbean food – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Service is fast, menu extensive and reasonably priced. Food is cooked really well. My favourite dishes were the soups and curried-goat. The fresh carrot juice was also a favourite of mine.

 

3. Soldier’s Cafe Caribbean Restaurant – home-cooked Caribbean food

Address: Pineapple Street/Main StreetOcho Rios, Jamaica
This restaurant/take-out offers all of the traditional Caribbean food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, at a very reasonable price. Soldier’s has outdoor seating for customers, although the shop gets quite busy so most people just order to take-out. This place is one of the few spots that serve a selection of fresh juices, which I found quite odd considering fruit is so easily accessible to everyone on the island. My favourites were: cucumber, apple and mango. Please note, if you do not like ginger, don’t buy fresh juices as every fresh juice I had on my trip had a hint of ginger included.

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

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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

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