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xigua Jun 28, 2007 08:07 AM

Are there any recent dining experiences that you would care to share? Thanks!

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  1. princeofpork RE: xigua Jun 28, 2007 10:15 AM

    This is a spot we go to regularly. We love the southern/ Jamaican flavors and good drinks as well. I love the Jerk Chicken which is a huge portion and nice and spicy. The red velvet cake for dessert is amazing. My wife likes the fish specials consistently. Hush puppies are good but nothing great. Every dish comes with theis cornbread that is out of this world. Enjoy your meal

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      jsmitty RE: princeofpork Jun 28, 2007 10:18 AM

      i know this is a nieghborhood spot. is it worth a visit from another hood? i am intrigued b/c i do not often eat this type of cuisine....

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        princeofpork RE: jsmitty Jun 28, 2007 10:20 AM

        I would come in from another boro for this place. Great flavors!!

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          Lucia RE: jsmitty Jun 28, 2007 10:24 AM

          It's very good home cooking/Jamaican cooking. Whether you're willing to go out of your way for that is up to you. I'm in the Maroons neighborhood, but I've travelled to Clinton St. Baking Co. for dinner for a similar type of food.

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            jsmitty RE: Lucia Jun 28, 2007 10:32 AM

            Clinton St. Baking Co. for dinner is similar?

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              Lucia RE: jsmitty Jun 28, 2007 10:38 AM

              What I said was that it offered a "similar type of food", i.e., southern favorites. CSBC does not have the Jamaican side that Maroons has.

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                jsmitty RE: Lucia Jun 28, 2007 11:03 AM


      2. Uptownflavor RE: xigua Jun 28, 2007 10:35 AM

        I was just in there last night but didn't try anything. The food looked and smelled very good. I've also never heard anyone say anything about the place. Kudos to Arlene! Can't wait for the uptown location to open.

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          nativeNYer RE: Uptownflavor Jul 4, 2007 04:41 PM

          i read this post a couple of times but i must be missing something. in reference to your "kudos to arlene! can't wait for the uptown location to open", i'm not sure what you mean.
          what's opening uptown. i don't see a post by arlene here unless that is a restaurant not listed on menupages. thanks.

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            Uptownflavor RE: nativeNYer May 23, 2008 06:31 PM

            They are opening an uptown location. Apparently it should be ready to open this summer -- finally. Arlene Weston is the owner.

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          xigua RE: xigua Jun 28, 2007 11:10 AM

          You guys sold me so I made reservations on Saturday.
          Would you recommend the southern or the carribbean part of the menu?
          And any favorites?
          Thanks and I promise to report back!

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            Lucia RE: xigua Jun 28, 2007 11:28 AM

            I'm partial to the Southern side. Meat loaf and fried chicken are favorites, and I've had good luck with the desserts.

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              BackyardChef RE: Lucia Jun 28, 2007 01:00 PM

              I love the meatloaf and the fried chicken which is moist and flavorful with a nice, but not too thick crust. The pork chop and the macaroni and cheese are great, too. I'll second the red velvet cake mentioned above. I usually stick w/ the southern dishes and my wife enjoys the carribbean.......

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                a_and_w RE: BackyardChef Jul 20, 2007 12:52 PM

                I always stuck with the souther dishes, too -- love that fried chicken.

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              Desidero RE: xigua Jun 28, 2007 01:43 PM

              I like the ribs app and the cod fritters app. For the entrees, I'm a fan of the jerk chicken.

            3. Ora RE: xigua Jun 29, 2007 08:07 AM

              Both Maroons and Day-O (G. Vill) offer a very similar southern/caribbean menu, yet people on this board seem to only talk about Maroons. I actually think the food at Day-o might be slightly better. Both offer good food, same slow service and tight quarters :) Not sure why the focus is always on Maroons...

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                Uptownflavor RE: Ora Jul 4, 2007 03:15 PM

                I thought I had responded to this before. Anyhow, I've mentioned Day O a few times and they I remember they used to have really good buffets on the weekend. Then they closed for renovation and the last time I went I did not enjoy the dining experience. The food wasn't as good and they were short staffed (meaning the hostess was also server and cashier). And they were very busy. The a/c wasn't working in the heat of the summer (also not good for the good on the buffet. Just because they were consistently good in the past I would still support them and give them another try though.

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                  nativeNYer RE: Uptownflavor Jul 4, 2007 04:34 PM

                  i tried maroon for the first time a couple of months ago. just loved it. loved the atmosphere and enjoyed the eclectic group of customers. the jerk chicken was fantastic as was the mac and cheese. i didn't really have any complaints about the service. i cheese wish it were less expensive and had larger side portions. i have been longing for jerk chicken for several years after my jamaican colleagues prepared a great jerk chicken dinner for us . this wasn't as good but it was far off from that extremely high standard either. i would visit again (and probably become a regular customer if it continue to be great) even though it's not in my nabe. haven't tried the other places but will.

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                xigua RE: xigua Jul 19, 2007 03:38 PM

                Thanks to everyone who replied, I finally went to Maroons actually many wkends ago, but haven't been able to reply.
                I loved it! Service was friendly and food in general above average. Loved the fried chicken, crispy but not too greasy, and so tender that I actually ate the breast meat which I usually skip over for the dark meat. My friends also mostly enjoyed what they ordered, although the jerk chicken was a little too spicy for us. Portions (especially the chicken dishes) were huge. The sides were great in general especially the grits, while appetizers we had were only ok. The bbqed ribs were in particular dry.
                The one disappointment was the red velvet cake we ordered though. After all the favorable remarks about dessert, the cream cheese frosting on the slice we had were artificial tasting and the cake felt like it took a trip to the microwave.
                But besides that and the general crampness of the space, we enjoyed ourselves immensely.


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