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jamaican cuisine in la? any recs.?

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joea Sep 12, 2000 10:41 AM

I've got a craving for some good jerk chicken.

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    Chandavkl Sep 12, 2000 08:24 PM

    Coley's Kitchen on 4335 Crenshaw is the best known. There's also a Coley's in Culver City which I believe is unrelated.

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      Pepper Sep 12, 2000 10:11 PM

      Coley's Kitchen is great for akee and salt fish, patties and oxtail (the Coley's on Slauson is strictly cruiseship city), but the jerk, unfortunately, is subpar: oven baked, sauce-intensive. Which is too bad--when Janet's Jerk Chicken was up and running a few years ago, it served among the best jerk in the U.S.

      Try the outdoor market near Stone's down on Crenshaw some weekend. There is occasionally somebody grilling jerk, or at least there used to be.

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      Justin Sep 13, 2000 01:00 PM

      There is a place in Pasadena called "the Kingston Cafe", located just south of old-town on Fair Oaks. They serve a very passable, if somewhat inconsistent, jerk chicken. I have also had goat there a couple of times, once braised to succulent perfection and once served as an almost inedible rubbery fatty mess. The best thing about this place is it's homemade ginger beer which has a delightful bite to it (as it should have). Remember, spicy here means spicy, so order cautiously.

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        echo_park Sep 14, 2000 03:14 PM

        Naturliart on Washington (near Crenshaw)..right next to a Reggae Studio. Not open on Sunday. The Curry chicken is better than the jerk, but not so outstanding as the stewed chicken.

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