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Nov 14, 2007 09:31 AM

Jamaican Meat Pies in LA?

During my trip to Jamaica, I thought the food was decent. I realized I'm not a huge fan of Carribean & jerk spices. I did love their meat pies however. Its almost like a giant empanada with tasty goodness inside. Anything equivalent to be found in LA?

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  1. I have not been yet but what about checking out Natrilart, still on my to try list!

    3426 W. Washington Blvd.
    (323) 737-9277

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    1. re: sel

      Last spring we gave a HUGE baby shower (about 150 guests) for a friend, and we used Juicy's as the caterers. The food was excellent, and there was hardly anything left over. The guests were (literally) taking to-go packages home with them. They inhaled the beef patties (I never got to even try one). Back in the day, the best patties were to be found at Coley's kitchen on Crenshaw, or at Island Patties on Florence near Van Ness in South Central, but they mysteriously closed down. Coley's Jamaican restaurant on Florence in Inglewood has decent patties, but I think the ones at Stones Market on Crenshaw, just north of Florence, are the best around right now. Try to go where the Jamaicans go. I'll check out Port Royal, but I'm a little skeptical of Jamaican food from Santa Monica.


    2. Port Royal in santa monica on broadway makes a pretty good meat pie. The best I've had were in Mt. Vernon NY

      1. The best ones I've had are from a vendor at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market.
        Derrick's on La Tijera and A Taste of Jamaica have been good but I'm usually distracted by jerk chicken :-).
        I've also noticed that the Dat Moi market on Crenshaw in Gardena sells these kind of meat pies (under a heat lamp), don't know where they're from.

        Derrick's Jamaican Cuisine
        6806 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Coley's Caribbean
        300 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

        A Taste of Jamaica
        14426 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249

        Stone's Grocery & Market
        6700 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        Dat Moi Market
        14415 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249

        Port Royal Cafe
        1412 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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        1. re: DiveFan

          The Bag Lady at the Hollywood Farmer's Market gets hers from someone, she does not make them. I tried to find out where she gets them, but she was not giving it up!

          1. re: DiveFan

            Any other reviews on "A Taste of Jamaica"? Wondering cause it's near my work and I was thinking of take out..

          2. I used to get some good ones in Studio City on that place on Ventura. They weren't made their and I've since moved to Silver Lake.

            They may have new owners now.

            I had some pretty nasty ones at Golden Bird recently.

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            1. re: Hershey Bomar

              I totally forgot about the ones at Golden Bird. Was it the golden Bird in the Midtown Shopping Center, between Venice and Pico? I think West Indians have owned that location since it was rebuilt after the old one burned down during the last episode of CIVIL UNREST. I think the Stennis family, which used to own all of the locations, sold the company. In any case their beef patties suck. I do have a good recipe for beef patties, but I always promise to post recipes here and then forget to do so once I get home from work so I don't want to make any promises. I do have a good recipe, and it's not hard at all.

            2. There are interesting ones at Simply Wholesome on Slauson at Overhill. I like their Chicken Curry Pies. Though I haven't tried the Meat or Seafood ones They are found in a heat lamp case but there seems to be enough turnover where they stay fresh.

              Simply Wholesome
              4508 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA