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Kztrader Feb 25, 2008 04:41 PM

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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    latindancer Feb 26, 2010 07:40 AM

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

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      sillygoosedown Feb 26, 2010 05:14 AM

      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.

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        dtud Feb 26, 2008 08:30 PM

        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. Servorg Feb 26, 2008 04:17 PM

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

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            Nakdcpl Feb 26, 2008 10:35 AM

            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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              TonyC Feb 26, 2008 01:38 PM

              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
                Professor Salt Mar 6, 2008 02:49 PM

                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.

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                  UtopianDreem Mar 24, 2008 10:10 AM

                  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.

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                fishyak Feb 26, 2008 08:04 AM

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

                1. Das Ubergeek Feb 25, 2008 07:36 PM

                  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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                    mdpilam Feb 25, 2010 10:39 PM

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

                  2. Hypnotic23 Feb 25, 2008 06:18 PM

                    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
                      DiveFan Feb 26, 2008 02:11 PM

                      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?filters%5Bgeneral_cuisine%5D=Jamaican

                      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

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                        latindancer Feb 26, 2010 07:47 AM

                        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 :)

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