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Has anyone ever heard of the "Jerk Hut"?

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Dylan Yolles Jun 30, 2001 01:33 PM

I was recently visiting Orlando Florida and and my Jamaican taxi driver and I got to talking about food. I told him there was no real Jerk chicken/pork in LA, like the kind you find in Jamaica cooked over an open pit -- he said, no there's a great place called "the Jerk Hut" in North Hollywood. I can find no sign of this place - does anyone know if it exists?

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    jerome Jul 11, 2001 03:56 PM

    There used to be a place near USC on Martin Luther King or Exposition called Janet's Jerk Chicken Pit. They had a barbecue set-up, using "pimento" wood (allspice wood) brought in from Jamaica. They had jerk chicken and pork, festival bread, Jamaican ginger beer, etc. I would be curious if they moved or are still around. As well, you might want to call up Coley's kitchen (either location) and ask them if they know of a place in town that has jerk with the pimento wood pit.

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      Carolyn Tillie Jul 2, 2001 11:38 AM

      Stretching back in my memory -- I seem to recall an A-frame building on Sunset that was the Jerk Hut. I remember it because just a year before (8 years ago), I was surprised to find it an all-night barbecue joint as I was scouring for a place to eat at 3:00am. I think it is now a Thai place or some other "formica-heaven."

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        berkleybabe Jul 2, 2001 11:46 AM

        Jerk Hut could also be a home for ex-boyfriends..;)

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          muhlyssa Jul 2, 2001 12:44 PM

          Or a low-end strip club/XXX movie theater.....

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            Rafi Jul 2, 2001 01:31 PM

            Relatedly, I was watching a segment about a Jamaican restaurant on the Food network the other day, and learned that the word "jerk" can be used as a transitive verb as well as as an adjective or noun (sim to the word "barbecue.") Thus it is perfectly correct to ask for someone to "jerk your chicken."

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              Rafi Jul 2, 2001 01:36 PM

              Sorry. That was a low moment I'm already regretting.

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                stevie Jul 2, 2001 05:13 PM

                What if it's a male chicken?

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