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Jerk Chicken, Coley's vs. Cha Cha Cha

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  • Ollie May 14, 2007 06:23 AM

Had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken @ both places. At Coley's in No Ho months ago, and just recently @ ChaChaCha in Silverlake. No comparison! CCC being a "Carribean" restaurant, not necesarily Jamaican makes the best Jerk Chicken I've had in The L.A. Area.

It's a true, pathetic shame that Coley's...Being a Jamaican restaurant in plain and simple English...sucks. I'm not Jamaican nor have I ever been to Jamaica to be able to compare it to Authentic Jamaican Food, but in all honesty comparing Cha Cha Cha to Coleys for Jerk...Coley's just plain sucks across the board. Food, service, value portions, everything.

This was my experience back in November:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34472....

Been back once in March, in all fairness to give them a chance to "redeem themselves". Not a chance...no improvements in any aspect.

I welcome any comments, pros/cons on either establishment, and/or recommendations for good Jamaican food in L.A.-O.C. area. I would strongly recommend Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake if you like great Jerk, good portions, great service at a reasonable price.

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  1. If they are still around (?) I had some great jerk chicken at Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant a couple of years ago.

    3426 W. Washington Blvd.
    Los Angeles
    (323) 732-8865.

    1. Is the Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake related to the one in Santa Monica?

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      1. re: a_and_w

        Coley's=horrible
        Cha Cha Cha Silverlake...yum

        LB

        1. re: a_and_w

          yes, same ownership I believe. You're talking about the one on Santa Monica blvd, right? Not City of Santa Monica.

          1. re: a_and_w

            there's a cha cha cha on santa monica blvd.

            I think you're confusing it with cha cha chicken in santa monica, which is not nearly as good as cha cha cha

            1. re: hungryjungshin

              Hungryjungshin, the Cha Cha Cha on Santa Monica Blvd. one block west of Fairfax is now Baby Blues BBQ.

          2. Cha cha blah!

            I live in Silver Lake. I love the atmosphere at Cha cha cha. But the food is bad!

            The jerk chicken at chach is a overcooked and dry -- it's just a baked chicken breast with a mole sauce poured over it.

            The Coley's in NoHo is a sad depressing place. The one in Inglewood looks like a chain restaurant.

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            1. re: Hershey Bomar

              I strongly disagree! Mine @ CCC was excelent. Large grilled checken breast with tasty Jerk Sauce all over it, not Mole. Have you ever even had Jerk Chicken or know what it is H.B.? Now I'll strong agree with you about Coley's. The food is bad & the place is sad. I miss when it was Villa Sorrento's with the original owners years ago.

              1. re: Ollie

                I've had jerk chicken many times in Jamaica and it shares no similarities with Cha Cha Blah.

                1. re: Hershey Bomar

                  So where would you recommend Hershey?

                  1. re: jchoi

                    Any restaurant in Kingston!!!

                    1. re: jchoi

                      Cha Cha Blah -- I crack myself up.

                      You might like:

                      Naturali Art Market & Jamaican Restaurant
                      3426 W Washington Blvd
                      Los Angeles, CA 90018
                      (323) 737-9277

              2. I've been to CCC once, and thought it was ok, but not worth going back for.

                Best jerk chicken I've had in LA: Port Royal Cafe in Santa Monica.

                1. I love Jerk Chicken and make my own on special occasions at home. The best jerk I ever had in LA was at the now defunct Authentic Cafe on Beverly blvd? Anybody ever had it or remember it? 1/2 chicken served with Fried Plantains. I wish I had some now...