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Looking of Jamaican Jerk Pork

Chemicalkinetics Jul 13, 2011 09:35 PM

Hi I actually live between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia is very close to me. I am looking for a Jamaican restaurant which serves nice Jerk Pork (not Jerk Chicken). Do you know any Jamaican restaurant in Philly or in West New Jersey area which serves Jerk Pork? Jerk Pork is very popular when I lived in the South, but it does not seem very popular here in the Northeast. Thanks.

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    Chefpaulo Jul 14, 2011 04:45 AM

    Even though it is not on her menu, if you call Nicola Shirley, owner of the Jamaican Jerk Hut, 1436 South St., she might be able to make it for you. Its worth a try.

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    1. re: Chefpaulo
      Chemicalkinetics Jul 14, 2011 03:06 PM

      Thanks CP,

      I will consider it next time. Although Jerk Pork has to be made the night bfore, not sure if she will just make it just for me.

      1. re: Chefpaulo
        brightman Jul 16, 2011 08:33 PM

        I thought Nic sold the place.

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        johnpm Jul 14, 2011 05:54 AM

        Scotch Bonnets in Medford NJ does jerk pork, but only on Fri and Sat. Nice little place, friendly and clean.

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        1. re: johnpm
          Chemicalkinetics Jul 14, 2011 03:08 PM


          Thanks. Medford is not as close as I would like, but it is still manageable. Fri and Sat restriction is not a problem for me at all. Maybe I can swing by there this Sat. Thanks.

          1. re: johnpm
            Chemicalkinetics Jul 15, 2011 04:28 PM

            Just go back from Scotch Bonnets a few hours ago -- a very nice restaurant. It is not a elite upscale restaurant by typical Western restaurant standard, but it is very neat and friend, and it is certainly upscale compared to the typical Jamaican restaurants I had been to.

            Needless to say, I order the jerk pork plate. It is very nicely done. Very tender yet juicy and very very very spicy. Man, I literally (really) start seeing starts at the end of the meal. This is how I remember it when I had my jerk pork down in Georgia. The price was ever slightly more expensive than typical Jamaican restaurants, but very reasonable when compared to a typical Italian/American restaurant.

            $15 for the Jerk Pork entree. $3.5 for a fruit punch.

            Unfortunately, the restaurants are filled with an attractive owner and a few attractive waitresses. I can barely concentrate on my foods, so this is the very unfortunate part. :P

            Thanks for the suggestion.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
              Chemicalkinetics Apr 15, 2012 03:16 PM

              Too bad everyone. I found Scotch Bonnets based on Johnpm suggestion. I love the jerk pork there. Really great. Unfortunately, I just found out the restaurant has just closed. It is a shame. A real shame.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                jzerocsk Apr 16, 2012 09:07 AM

                Another one bites the dust in Medford :-(

                1. re: jzerocsk
                  Chemicalkinetics Apr 16, 2012 10:09 AM

                  Very sad. It is actually a restaurant which serves very good food.

                  Is there something special about Medford (based on your comment)?

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                    jzerocsk Apr 17, 2012 08:32 AM

                    I often do my gift and holiday shopping at some of the shops there like 43 S Main and Creative Genius. Over the years I've seen so many of the stores close and at this point that leaves Braddock's as the only restaurant left on Main Street. I had lunch at Scotch Bonnets just in December as a matter of fact, and really enjoyed it.

                    It's starting to become a ghost town!

                    1. re: jzerocsk
                      Chemicalkinetics Apr 17, 2012 08:44 AM

                      Sorry to hear this. I am not a native to the area. As you may remember, I live almost a hour up north.

                      Hopefully, this is just the effect of the general economy and that the town will thrive after the economy picks up. The little time I spend in Medford, I feel it is a very nice and semi-upscale town, so I doubt it will get worse.

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