Jamaican beef patties around DC area?
I'm absolutely addicted to the frozen ones but I wish I could sink my teeth in a genuine beef patty without having to fly to Jamaica of course. Are there any good Jamaican delis or restaurants that sell these?
Almost all places that have them serve a reheated frozen product shipped out of Brooklyn or somewhere similar. The few places that make them from scratch serve ones that are often not as good as the frozen brand. Jamaican beef patties are the one Chowhound item you can even find at a 7-11.
The best Jamaican food I've had in the area is probably at Jamaica Jamaica in Herndon. They were out of patties the one time I ate there (maybe a good sign?), and I don't know if they are homemade, but you could always give them a call.
I really like Negril and Caribbean Feast for their Jamaican good eats. Yummy curry chicken, goat, jerk chicken, beef patties and ginger beer to wash it all down. I'm not an expert in beef patties, but they are tasty and seem to be homemade. Caribbean Feast is in Rockville and Negril has four locations.
Caribbean Feast Restaurant & Catering
823 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD
18509 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD
2301 Georgia Ave Nw, #G, Washington, DC
965 Thayer Ave, Silver Spring, MD
In addition to all the other places mentioned, there's also Taste of Jamaica (at 5th & H NE); the beef patties aren't their best dish (the brown stew and jerk are much better) but they aren't bad.
Sometimes I buy them in bulk (frozen) at the Jamaican wholesalers at the markets on Florida Ave NE.
Golden Krust >>>> Tropicana and the new place on R.I. NE
3500 East West Highway,
Hyattsville, MD 20782