Jamerica Caribbean Restaurant
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JM ate the BBQ ribs dinner and a grape soda.
Nichole ate the jerk pork and chicken special and a grapfruit Ting.
The bill was $23, or $11.50/person, plus tip (thanks, Bucky Book!)
JM and Nichole both gave Jamerica an A (see our grading rubric).
Jamerica is laid back. So laid back, in fact, that we were invited to grab our drinks from the cooler and kick back. We also didn't get a check proper at the end of our meal, we just went to the register and paid, but it sounded all right so we didn't worry.
Our Nordic doubts notwithstanding, we had an excellent meal at Jamerica. The menu is short-ish but looks longer because each variation of jerk (pork, chicken, shrimp, tofu etc.) is listed. What it lacks in breadth is more than made up for in quality, however.
We got our plates not long after ordering. Each of us got a platter of meat and a second plate, just as big, with a mold of (mostly unremarkable) beans and rice and a generous portion of what the menu described as "vegetable stir-fry." The veggies turned out to be a simple, splendid blend of cabbage, zucchini, peppers and broccoli cooked just shy of crunchy, in butter, black pepper and herbs.
JM (again) practically inhaled his BBQ ribs. How could one not, when the bones slid perfectly cleanly out of the beyond-tender meat? And when the sauce was so smoky, sweet and rich? It was an amazing sight. When the chef passed by to ask how our dinner was, JM's plate was already clean, which was taken as the high praise it was.
Nichole's jerk pork and chicken special was super tender, as well. It's a tough call which was the better of the two. While the chicken was moist and sweet, the pork had the benefit of, well, being pork. Each forkful had a slightly different texture, sometimes lighter and more firm, sometimes darker and more like pulled pork. The tart grapefruit Ting soda was perfect for cleansing the rich meatiness between bites.
Despite all the meat, the menu gave the impression that vegetarians have some options at Jamerica, including jerk tofu and the vegetable stir fry, beans and rice which could stand on their own. Plus, we ate 2 more meals off the leftovers (two can easily share an entree here). All that plus the friendly staff means we can gladly add Jamerica to our list of favorites.