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May 28, 2008 04:21 PM

Best Jerk Chicken in SF?

I'm having a major craving for jerk chicken after i just watched Anthony Bourdain get it on the side of the road in Jamaica... I've had it at Cha Cha Cha's but I'm wondering where I can get the BEST in the city...any ideas?

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  1. There's very little jerk in the city (perhaps because there aren't any Jamaicans). Primo Patio Cafe on Townsend is pretty good.

    But you should drive down to Menlo Park and go to Back-A-Yard.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Windy

      While I enjoyed the jerk chicken and pork at Back-A-Yard, I find myself wondering if perhaps the flavor should be more aggressively spiced. This is the impression I get from watching programs on TV. Can anyone chime in?

      1. re: DezzerSF

        The spicing of the food I've had from Back-a-Yard was about what I expected from someone cooking for a diverse clientele. Isn't Thai food cooked for Thai palates a bit more fiery than what most places here serve? With the Caribbean food, the spiciness depends on the freshness/prep of the spices(ideally fresh-ground from whole pieces) and chilis, so there's a temptation to compromise when cooking either in large quantities or for mainsteam-u.s. palates.

        1. re: moto

          This is what I assumed. I thought the meats were all perfectly cooked, nice and tender. I think I'm ready for the real thing though!

    2. There's been good reports about Sweet Fingers in San Leandro for Jamaican food.