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Sep 9, 2008 06:24 AM

Jamaican Restaurant in Birmingham

Has anyone tried the Jamaican restaurant on 4th Avenue North in Birmingham?

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  1. I hadn't heard one had opened. Do you know the name?

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    1. re: sheilal

      No, but it's on 4th North between 16th and 17th streets.

      1. re: alison Nichols

        It's called Yeh Man's, or something fairly similar. It's been open a year or two. Unfortunately I haven't tried it yet.

        1. re: Big Daddy

          Had lunch there last week. Tried the jerk chicken, the garlic chicken, and the brown stew chicken. Very tender thigh pieces accompanied by cabbage and rice. All was good, but the brown stew chicken has the best flavor. Took some "lava" wings to-go and as expected they were quite spicy. The meat pies looked good, too.

          1. re: alison Nichols

            That sounds really good. How was the spice level? Also, do they have goat curry, too?

            1. re: Big Daddy

              The jerk chicken was slightly spicy but not too hot. Goat is offered on the menu but in what form I'm not sure.

              1. re: Big Daddy

                Stopped in to try the place just now. I am far from an expert on Jamaican cuisine, though I do like a good goat curry and beef patties. I tried the brown chicken, which I have never had, and Alison's comments are spot-on. Great flavor, fall apart thigh pieces (with bones), plus the cabbage and mixed veggies, and the peas and rice. Very little spice but they did have scotch bonnet hot sauce available.

                The beef patty tasted like your typical tower isles frozen patty (I asked if these were the frozen ones made in NY and the guy behind the counter said yes) and was only warm (heatlamp). Still ok with some "regular" hot sauce, but nothing special.

                Lunch option was $5.99 I think, which was the afore-mentioned minus the patty.

                menu items include fish, oxtail, cow foot, jerk chicken, curry goat/chicken, brown stew chicken/turkey, plus the veggies, rice and peas, etc. I'll return to try the curry goat and oxtail at some point. I love me some curry goat.

                Mostly takeout, although there is a counter I guess. Kind of weird that there was a DJ there mixing while I ordered from the counter and it was just the 3 of us.

                1. re: Dax

                  While down for the Taste of Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival I stopped in to Yeh Man's. I had the goat curry (served with rice and peas and cabbage; dinner price $8.99). It was good. The goat meat (on the bone) was tender and the curry was pleasantly spicy. My only complaint was that the plate (especially the rice) was a bit salty. I'd try the restaurant again.
                  DJ was mixing also on Saturday, blasting the music both inside and out. The old-school reggae was nice, the reggaeton I could live without.