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JAMAICAN PATTIES- the search continues for homemade

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  • opinionatedchef May 13, 2006 03:08 AM
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what a drag- the patties at camie's in cambridge are the same patties served in all the jamaican places i have tried in new england. they are made by a n.j./n.y.c. factory whose name escapes me.(Tower? maybe). you can always tell them by their stamped/cut-out distinctly YELLOW tough thick pastry and the pureed nature of the filling.you can buy big boxes of them at restaurant depot in chelsea. it seems NO jamaican place in boston makes their own patties (except i heard recently that there IS one place(on blue hill ave i think)that makes its own. these factory- made patties can be found at camie's, the jam. place on huron ave, the jamaican place on huntington ave a few blocks away from the mfa,AND that jamaican place in worcester(even though she told me she made them herself tsk tsk...). such a shame. there's a place in phila. that makes heavenly ones and i'm going to bring back ALOT of them if i get down there again!

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  1. Tower Isles is the grotie frozen one you are referring to. :(

    1. Why are they so difficult to find, do you think? How are they any different from empanadas in terms of the difficulty of making them? Your quest is intriguing.

      1. What about One Love's Veggie patties? Everything else there seems made on site.
        BTW, had lunch on Thursday. There was a group of 10-12 occupying the room, so she suggested crried chicken or goat roti, although I was intent on the veggie patty. The goat was yum, a stew with chick peas, could have used some veg in it, and the little bone shards were annoying. Very Yum though

        1. If your ever in Hartford, try Scott's Jamaican Bakery on Main st. just north of the city. I used to get patties there all the time and I'm almost positive they made them there.

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          1. re: Bob

            I've heard Scott's makes their own as well. There are three Scott's Jamaican Bakery locations in Hartford. Which one is best? Are any of them sit down?

          2. You asked this a while back, and I suggested you give IRIE Jamaican Restaurant in Dorchester a try for homemade beef patties.

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            1. re: HwyStar

              Know this thread is an oldie, I hope the OP discovered Lennie's Tropical Bakery on Blue Hill Ave Dorchester just after Morton Street intersection. Best made on premise patties in the Boston area, and even more delicious on a fresh baked coco bread w/ cheese (yes a meat filled pastry sandwich!).

              1. re: PaulB

                I haven't been there in well over 5 years, but I remember Lenny's having the WORST West Indian food ever and doubly bad when they microwave it to then serve it to you in styrofoam. Ew. Maybe the patties are worth a re-visit? I don't mind their hard-dough bread when I've grabbed it at Tropical Foods (try making a grilled cheese sandwich on that bread, mmm....)

                1. re: MB fka MB

                  I'm not a fan of their food either, just the bakery products. I usually go to Taste of Eden or Flames when in the Dorchester area for JA food.

                  Grilled cheese on hard dough bread sounds delicious!

                  1. re: PaulB

                    Wow - another Taste of Eden fan (though I'm not sure how much of a fan I am anymore). It used to just be called Paradise Restaurant - do you remember that? Tiny standing room only space in front of bullet-proof glass through which you ordered your food? Loved their stewed chicken - I was an addict and I don't think I've found a comparable dish since. But when they upgraded to Garden of Eden, it seems like the food really suffered. It sits around under those heat lamps/in chafing dishes too long and isn't fresh tasting. I head to Flames in Mattapan instead.

                    1. re: MB fka MB

                      Yes, I remember Paradise. Sounds like we both have been eating JA food in the Boston area for a long time. I need to go on a Dorchester/Mattapan crawl to discover some new spots, there are so many I've never tried or haven't tried in some time.

              2. re: HwyStar

                Irie has the same patties as everyone else I am afraid.

                1. re: foodieB

                  All this pattie talk sent me to Irie yesterday. The gal at the counter siad they were from the Royal Caribbean Bakery in NY. Bettter than the Tower ones but not by much.
                  Slightly better crust, less flakey and yellow.
                  Seemed a little bigger too.
                  more of a variety than many places. Jerk chicken and beef, which i got, were good. I think there were fish, shrimp and perhaps veggie as well.
                  Had a lot of other really interesting stuff on the menu and in the chafing dishes but I didn't have time to indulge.

                  Next stop Coast Cafe. Thanks for the reply Yum Yum.

              3. What's the place in Philly that makes good patties? (Jamaican Jerk Hut?) Perhaps you could post it on the Pennsylvania board?

                1. I believe Camie's in Cambridge is Haitian food. I dated the nephew of the owner.

                  1. Since this very old post got bumped up for a reason it jogged my memory of the very tasty home-made patties I had last week at Coast Cafe on River Street in Cambridge. I don't care for their fried chicken but the patties are great -- and cheap. I tried the beef with cheese and chicken with cheese and both were delicious.

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                    1. re: yumyum

                      Coast Cafe's are very good. I don't care for their chicken either but the patties and their sweet potatoes are the best!

                      1. re: catsmeow

                        Good news.
                        So depressing to always find those frozen ones.
                        How many varieties do they have?
                        Plain beef and plain chicken as well as those with cheese?

                        1. re: joestrummer

                          Yes. Plain beef, and plain chicken plus beef cheese and chicken cheese. Delicious.

                    2. Just another perspective on One Love in Worcester...

                      The daughter told me the patties come from New York.

                      1. Have you tried Ortanique in Huron Village?
                        I think everything there is homemade, including their patties. (I think I recall they have them).

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                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                          Ortanique is the place on Huron ave mentioned by the OP. They do not make their patties (same commercial brand seen around town) and their coco bread comes from Lennies Tropical Bakery.

                          1. re: PaulB

                            Interesting. You're right - I missed that reference in the original post. That seems out of character. Are you quite certain? Is it just based on look?

                            Anyway, their jerk chicken etc. sure is homemade.

                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                              The shape is a factor, moreso the taste as have eaten so many over the years in many different restaurants in Dorchester/ Mattapan.

                              I'm not as opposed to the "factory" patties as the OP, as long as properly heated they taste pretty good IMO.

                              1. re: PaulB

                                Gotcha. Here's to irregularly shaped patties.

                        2. Last night my girlfriend, nephew and I went to Scott's Jamaican Bakery (3381 Main St, Hartford, CT) for takeout. For years, a friend who grew up in Enfield has been telling me I should stop there, as I pass through Hartford a lot. He thought they made their own patties. The food was great. I had stew chicken. My girlfriend had curry chicken, and my nephew had jerk chicken. After ordering the food, I remembered I had to try a patty since I had been told they were made fresh. I asked the lady at the counter if this was the case. She seemed like she didn't hear me so I asked again. She barely spoke and didn't make eye contact so I didn't get her answer if she gave me one. Anyway, it was my nephew's first time at a Jamaican restaurant and his first time eating Jamaican food. He's sheltered in that way and he was even a little scared of the area and the people. Sad but true. Anyway, he loved the ginger beer and after a while he announced his jerk chicken was the best chicken he'd ever had. After I finished most of my food (great by the way!), I ate some of the patty that I had ordered. Disappointing. It tasted like it had been sitting for a long time. The filling was pasty and not snappy at all. I ate about 2/3rds of it and threw out the rest.

                          Anyway, cool place in a cool area with plenty of other Jamaican businesses included a place with "jerk" in the name. Can't remember the rest. The food was great but my patty was not good. I think it's worth another try.