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Jamaican Food??????????

I've been to a couple places..... but wondering...who really had the best jamaican food in the L.A. area????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  1. The #1 spot in all of Los Angeles is called "STONES" its downtown and you'll have to call for information yet its the best. A couple weeks back I was at the Bob Marley Festival and all the Jamaican restaurant owners have food stands, "STONES" is always the one with the longest line, great food, give it a try.

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    1. re: Hypnotic23

      Perhaps you are referring to Stones Market, mentioned in a recent meat pie topic: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/460547

      Here's the Jamaican map for most of the mentions here: http://www.chow.com/places/regions/2?...

      Some reggae festivals for this year are listed here: http://www.reggaefestivalguide.com/fe...

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

      1. re: DiveFan

        If you're referring to Ragga Muffins Festival in Long Beach then you're partially right about the food....
        While STONES was/is great it wasn't just Jamaican restaurant owners who had the stands with outstanding food....
        All sorts of people with great cooking skills came out to show off what they know about this cuisine...
        It was worth going just for the food :)

    2. I couldn't say about "best", since Jamaican food is not my thing... but there's Cafe Royale on Broadway and 14th in Santa Monica.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I'm a pretty big fan of Port Royal Cafe. Excellent jerk chicken as well as goat curry.

      2. I can't speak to "best" either, but two efforts at Coley's Carribean & American Food - 10842 Magnolia Blvd. were enjoyable.

        1. There's a fantastic little spot in Cypress at Lincoln & Valley View (right next to Cypress College) called Irie Jamaican Restaurant. Unassuming and small but completely authentic and run by a delightful Jamaican mother/son duo. Phenomenal meat patties, jerk pork, curried goat, etc. Been to Jamaica 6 times and this is the closest we've had to the real thing stateside. Worth the trip for the beef patties alone!!

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          1. re: Nakdcpl

            Have only seen Coley's food and just from the pix alone I've never bothered to visit. Jerk chicken should be grilled/smoked/etc, not in a stew nor sauced by gravy.

            Recent discovery for Jerk chicken / curry goat:
            Princess Kitchen
            4641 W Washington Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA, 90016
            (323) 857-5325

            it's located in the back of a former reggae store. the jerk chicken has a great rub and is grilled, tho not smoked. curry goat is a bit salty, but definitely pungent and full of curry. skip the plantains and sides.

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            Princess Kitchen
            4641 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

             
             
            1. re: Nakdcpl

              Update on Irie: I stopped by looking for it yesterday because I was at the college next door. The whole strip mall at Irie's address is empty and ready for demolition.

              There is a spray painted note on the front window that said they're moving to Dale & La Palma (that'd place it in Buena Park), but who knows if that's the case? The old phone number (714) 484-066 rings, but there is no answer.

              If someone can confirm the move to BP, please report back.

              1. re: Professor Salt

                Unfortunately, the spray painted note is actually for the Little Caesar's that was in that strip, not Irie. Earlier this year, the owner said she was looking for a new location, but hadn't pinned anything down. Very sad to see it close as I've been enjoying their food for many years.

            2. The Natraliart
              3426 W Washington Blvd (between 5th Ave & 4th Ave)
              Los Angeles 90018
              323 7328865

              1. one note about jamaican in los angeles:

                they only make jerk chicken on a few select days of the week (varies by place)
                they close early
                they run out of jerk chicken even earlier.

                other than that - have fun.

                1. Cha Cha Chicken In Santa Monica has food reminiscent of Jamaican food and self-described as Jamaican. I'm surprised there isn't a more serious Jamaican restaurant in Venice, which would be the natural place for one.

                  1. Ackee Bamboo on Degnan in Leimert Park.
                    It is one of my favorite restaurants in LA....
                    A very small space with outstanding food.