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Mar 4, 2009 02:16 PM

Jerk Chicken/Fish/Pork in SF

Anyone know where I can get it?
From what I have read, I feel it could become my favorite food!!

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  1. You can get it at...

    Primo Patio Cafe
    214 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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    1. re: Paul H

      I suppose I really shold give that a try, but Primo Patio's the kind of place where I get stuck on a good thing. I never get past the snaps & fries. I just love that place, the staff, the food..

      Cha Cha Cha also has jerk chicken. I seem to recall something jerk on the menu at Front Porch, but its not listed on their menu. Maybe it was a special?

      Cha Cha Cha
      2327 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Cha Cha Cha
      1801 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    2. You could try Carribian Zone its on 55 Natoma st in sf. They have what you're looking for.

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      1. re: blackrosedragon

        Caribbean Zone has been closed for at least a year or two.

      2. Which one of these places makes it really spicy?

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        1. re: DezzerSF

          Spicy as in savory or hot?

          My limited experience with Primo Patio (sampling a bite of my daughter's jerk chicken sandwich) tells me it has a lot of flavor, but not very intense heat. That's pretty much true for all the dishes I've eaten there. Very savory, with options for adding heat after the fact.

          Then again, that was my experience the one time I was in Jamaica. The jerk sauce that was grilled into and on the chicken gave it medium heat. They'd offer plenty of ways of amping up the heat with extra sauce. But the meat off the grill was not hair raising. Then again, I did not go out of my way to sample that many different vendors.

          1. re: BernalKC

            I'm looking for a hot version. I figure the traditional marinade including Scotch bonnet peppers would add a significant amount of heat but I've yet to try a really spicy "jerk". Maybe it's more subdued than I imagine?

            1. re: DezzerSF

              Anything with Scotch bonnet peppers will be scorching hot. I made jerk chicken with it a couple times, the first time, I burned my fingers cutting the darned peppers. The jerk came out super spicy. Delicious!

        2. Cha Cha Cha which has two locations one in the mission and the other in the haight offers Jerk Chicken on their menu however, it is not very spicy but it has a lot of flavor and is falling off the bone tender.

          1. If you have access to a car, it is worth driving to Menlo Park to Back A Yard. The jerk chicken is delicious and spiced as hot as you want it. Not oodles of ambiance.

            By far the best jerk chicken I have had in the bay area.

            It is located just east of the 101 off the Willow Rd exit.
            Website is

            Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill
            1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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            1. re: Senor Popusa

              A jamacian co worker said BAY was his favorite in the area. And, as noted, the jerk isn't that hot by default - it's just tasty and moderately hot. I have no doubt they'd make it hot if you ask.

              1. re: bbulkow

                I asked once for spicy, but it was pretty similar to what I had previously. The meat was tender and flavorful though.