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Feb 22, 2007 02:04 PM

Jamaican Food Places??

Hello all, I used to go to a place in Adams Morgan that had great Jamaican Food but I heard they have closed down. Does anyone know of a good restaurant in DC or NOVA. I am looking for the staples: Ox Tail, Jerk and Curry Chicken. Thanks..

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  1. The Islander Caribbean on U Street does a great job with the oxtail and their "brown beef stew". Their peas and rice and plantains are right on. They also have rotis, though I haven't had them. But don't be in a hurry, because the service is authentically "casual."

    1. Jamaica Jamaica in Herndon has all three. It's a takeout with a few tables; everything is in the warmer ready to serve. They run out of jerk chicken pretty early during the lunch rush. It's very homey stuff and as the hand-written sign on the wall warns, real Jamaican food, watch out for bones.

      1. There is a pretty good Jamaican place on H st NE, at 4th. The ox tail stew is very good, as is the jerk chicken sandwich. Its takeout only though.

        1. If you get to Baltimore, try Ras Doobie de Chef. It is downtown near the Babe Ruth Museum (200 block of Penn St.). It is very unique, more like eating in someone's living room, but the food is tops and mega cheap.

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          1. re: elnicka

            The bad news - the place is now under new ownership as the Penn Street Tavern, and Ras Doobie is no longer in the kitchen (apparently a long and complicated story). The good news - the food is still Jamaican, still good portions at reasonable prices, and still very good, just a bit different than Doobie's style. Give it a try!

          2. Just up the red line in Silver Spring is Negrill. I think there may be one in Bethesda as well, but am unsure. I know you said DC or NoVA, but a short subway ride will get you there.