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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Jamaica, the land of wood and water, and jerk foods! One thing Jamaica is known for worldwide is our delicious jerk foods, especially chicken and pork.
Kingston is the island’s capital city and as such you will find a mixture of local and international cuisines in the area. Because of this if you are unfamiliar with the area, you may find it a bit difficult to find a jerk restaurant, although you will definitely spot a few jerk chicken vendors by the street sides.
Here are some of the top restaurants in Kingston to grab some jerk foods.
Sweetwood Jerk Joint, conveniently located next to Emancipation Park, has a delightful selection of Jerk meats such as hog, chicken, sausage, lamb, fish, and conch, as well as delectable sides like as sweet potato, yam, breadfruit, and corn. If you can’t make it there, you can always order your meal from them through Quick Cart Ja and it delivered to you.
This is definitely my favourite spot to grab some jerk chicken whenever I am in Kingston. The ambience is phenomenal. There are many hut-like gazebos made of entirely bamboo for patrons to relax and enjoy their meals or just have a drink. Some are strategically placed in secluded areas for privacy if you wish.
There is nightly entertainment and the bar provides a wide selection of cocktails, beers, wine and much more. Whether you want jerk chicken, jerk pork or jerk sausage, they have it all. Soups, salads, wraps and so much more also help to make up their extensive menu.
You can't go wrong with jerk pork, jerk chicken, artisan jerk sausage, smoked sausage, ribs, wings, fish, soup or sides.
The Bar Crew knows how to take your worries away and transport you to a relaxing environment. They provide many options for you, whether you prefer the standard or require something a little more unique.
They provide take-out, delivery, dine-in, catering and even event hosting services. It is an open-air restaurant and bars with bamboo and thatch-roof gazebos. They are located at 152 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8.
District 5 is a large open-air dining restaurant that offers sophisticated dining as well as a casual sky terrace lounge. Interactive themed nights, live acoustic music, and a diverse mix of the Caribbean and global cuisines are all available at this restaurant.
The facility appears to incorporate aspects of Jamaica's rich culture, with a focus on food, music, and entertainment. Try their Jerk Shrimp Penne Alfredo, Jerk Rib-Eye Steak, Jerk Beef Tenderloin and of course jerk chicken quarters. They are located at 2 Renfrew Rd, Kingston.
Jerk Pork, Chicken, Conch, Ackee, & Saltfish Fritters are available at Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre, as well as soups. Other favourites such as Silver Snapper Pepper Pot, Fish in Coconut, Conch, Seafood, Corned Pork, Jerk Pork & Breadfruit, Festivals, Bammy, Roti, Green & Ripe Plantain sides.
They are located at Red Gal Ring, Long Lane, Kingston.
This cosy outdoor dining restaurant is the perfect chill spot to enjoy jerk chicken, pork and other popular Jamaican dishes such as steamed fish, bammy, saltfish fritters, soups and so much more. Are you looking for jerk food but travelling with vegans? They won’t be left out as their menu offers quite a few options for vegans as well. They are located at 22 Barbican Rd, Kingston 6.
Pinyatas Lounge, located in the centre of Kingston, provides a true Jamaican experience with its large menu of authentic Jamaican foods. Lunch options are available to suit your budget and dietary needs.
Pinyatas Lounge is the ideal spot to unwind after a long week while eating some fresh seafood at their weekly Seafood Fridays. They are located on Chelsea Ave, Kingston.
Here in Jamaica, jerk chicken is to Island Grill as fried chicken is to KFC. They are most popularly known for their jerk chicken, jerk barbeque chicken and “yabba” dishes which include local favourites such as stew peas, curried chicken and brown stewed chicken.
They have locations in Ocho Rios, Mandeville, Montego and Kingston. As a matter of fact, you won’t find it difficult to find a location in Kingston as they have over 10 locations in the corporate city.
Their head office is located at 2 Valentine Drive, Kingston, Jamaica 19.
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