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Jun 19, 2008 08:54 PM

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?

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  1. I love them too but I didn't even know they exist in frozen form. Where do you get them? Any salt fish patties?

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    1. re: Ericandblueboy

      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.

      1. re: Steve

        Another thing that I love, which is similar to the Jamaican patties, is the English pasties.

        1. re: Steve

          I second Jamaica Jamaica. yum.

        2. re: Ericandblueboy

          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
          (301) 315-2668
          823 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

          (301) 926-7220
          18509 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD

          Negril Eatery
          (202) 232-6734
          2301 Georgia Ave Nw, #G, Washington, DC

          (301) 585-3000
          965 Thayer Ave, Silver Spring, MD

          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            I second the Jamaican style empanadas at Julia's. Patties are also available at York Castle Tropical Ice Cream on Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, just south of the Beltway exit and before 16th Street. You can eat ice cream for dessert!

          2. tropicana (locations on ga ave near silver spring, and u st)
            i think julia's empanadas has them too

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            1. re: kneelconqueso

              I really like Tropicana's. It's the right kind of spicy too. I typically go to the one on Georgia Avenue over by Howard Univ Hospital.

            2. 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.

              1. Sometimes I buy them in bulk (frozen) at the Jamaican wholesalers at the markets on Florida Ave NE.

                1. Golden Krust >>>> Tropicana and the new place on R.I. NE

                  3500 East West Highway,
                  Hyattsville, MD 20782