For eight years, Taste of Jamaica was the place to go for fiery jerk chicken, pudding-soft braised oxtails with rice and beans and flakey beef patties – as long as you didn’t want to stick around to eat it. The small, largely take-out operation featured an open kitchen and almost zero seats. The on-street parking wasn’t very accommodating either.
All that changed three weeks ago when Taste of Jamaica relocated from its old home in S. Euclid to a brand new one in Lyndhurst (5104 Mayfield Rd., 440-565-7230).
Located in a shopping center near the intersection of Mayfield and Richmond, the new restaurant offers easy and free off-street parking. Inside, the greatly modernized set up features separate stations for ordering and pick up and a dining room that accommodates around 35 guests. The food is still dished up to go in Styrofoam boxes, but at least you can sit down and eat it while it’s steaming hot.
The bright and clear menu screens make it easier than ever to plan your meal, with entrees divided into categories for chicken, meat, fish and shrimp. Items like chicken curry, oxtail stew, jerk chicken and shrimp curry all come in two sizes and include two sides. The most popular are rice and beans with warm steamed cabbage, but there’s also white rice and fried plantains.
A daily special shaves about $2 off the price of an item. Monday is roasted chicken; Tuesday is jerk bbq chicken; Wednesday and Friday is jerk fried chicken; Thursday is stew peas; Saturday is curry cow foot.
If you love Jamaican food as much as we do, get in line.