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Posted by Thomas Ingold on 10/10/2011
Very very nice! Food fresh and hot and just great! Portion maybe jus a likkle small but truly great! Nice neighborhood too.
Posted by Jay on 07/10/2010
I think the people who gave Jamaican Jerk a bad review must be mistaken it with Jamaica Jerk that's down the street!!! "Jamaican Jerk" has such quality & flavorful food. It's done to perfection. The place is great to dine in and the Ox tail and Curry Goat is one of the best I've ever had, here and in Jamaica. The Salmon run-down and the salt (cod) fish dinner is great. I'm always in a rush so I have to remind myself when I go there that's its not food sitting in a pot waiting to be served..... So go expecting restaurant style preparation. This is my only issue with them. Their Bread pudding and mango Ice cream is very good! The place is run by a coupe and its very clean and well kept. Don't let the address keep you from having some of the best Jamaican food you'll ever taste in Chicago. I live in the far North Suburbs and my daughter whom we call the ox tail connoisseur (she's extremely picky & a foodie) thinks they make one the best. We love their food!!!!
Posted by cade's mom on 09/29/2009
But we thought it was great! Good food, friendly attentive service, great prices! The jerk was as good as the Islands and how many other places are you gonna get a conch fritter? The atmosphere was pleasant and clean with beautiful hand painted walls and white tablecloths. forget about the neighborhood being weird--you can park right in front on slow nights.
Posted by Matt on 02/18/2009
I went to Jamaica Jerk last night with my girlfriend, even after reading the negative reviews posted on this site. We are glad we went with our gut (and our stomachs!) and made the trek out to Rodgers Park. Food Quality: The food was delicious and an excellent value. The appetizers are just the right portion size for sharing. The Jerk Wings were so juicy that the meat literally fell off the bone. The main course came with a salad and two sides in addition to the entree. The Mango dressing was a nice island touch. As for sides, the Festival is what the owner call's "a family secret". The Festival and the Fried Plantains were excellent. My Curried Goat and my girlfriend's Jerk Chicken were both full of flavor, although more sweet and tangy than spicy (they do of course, provide hot sauce at the tables). Finally, the Bread Pudding was outstanding. All in all, one of the better restaurant meals we've had in awhile. Atmopshere: The atmosphere inside is pleasant and authentic. The touristy beach shack is replaced by something closer how to Carribean restaurants look away from the beach. The reggae music was well picked, adding to the ambiance, but not overpowering conversation. Value: For the amount and the quality of the food we ate, the value was superb. 3 Tings, 2 Appetizers, 2 Entrees (which came with two sides and a salad each), and 1 dessert came to $43 dollars. Add in the fact that we had a $25 gift certificate, and the price was unbeatable. Service: Our waiter / owner was friendly and attentive. The food was well timed giving plenty of time to enjoy the food and conversation. Verdict: 4.5 We would definately make a return trip to Jamaica Jerk. Call in beforehand to make sure that they have Conch on the menu that day.
Posted by Jerky Girl on 10/02/2007
To start, our waiter hadn't even tried anything on the menu. He didn't know what half of the items even were. That should have been a sign to us to get out fast. Being huge fans of all off things jerk, we opted for the jerk pork. Having been a regular at Linette's Jamaican Kitchen before it closed, our expectations were pretty high. What we were served was some sort of fatty, bacon-like meat with no jerk flavor whatsoever. We eat had one bite and left. It's sad with the location and beautiful interior that the food was so underwhelming. Take a drive to the South side and try Maxine's. You can't go wrong there.
Posted by soulcheft on 12/21/2006
I had a gift certificate for Jamaica Jerk that was about to expire, so I thought I would try it. I should have let the gift certificate expire. I place my order over the phone, and it was a wonderful experience. The order taker was patient and informative as I asked questions, so the service receives high marks. The food is another story. There were 4 of us, and two of us tried the combo meals that included Jerk Chicken. The additional meats were the Salmon Rundown and Oxtails. Now, you really can't cook if you screw up grilled chicken. Well, that was the problem - the chicken is prepared on a rotisserie. Authentic jerk is prepared on a grill - rain or shine. In addition, the chef seemed to be afraid of spices - and she IS Jamaican! Nothing was flavored. The Salmon Rundown had WAY too much curry, the oxtails were the smallest and least meaty I have ever had, and the chicken was plain and uneventful. The side dishes were even worse. The greens were bitter and came either right out of a can or frozen. My sister wanted cabbage, and she got it - a quarter of a steamed head - no seasonings, so no flavor -steamed in a microwave! We all had garden salads, but I had the mango vinaigrette - it was Italian dressing with a little mango juice - a real chef makes it from scratch! The prices were pretty steep, due to the fact you had to purchase all sides a la carte - including the Jamaican Hard Dough Bread - which is usually included with the meals. Overall, I think the chef should return to Jamaica to study her culinary roots. Most Caribbeans and visitors to their homes like a little spice in their lives - Jamaica Jerk lacks it.
Posted by Sexy Starr on 07/27/2006
The atmosphere is very pleasant and so is the service. However, the food was very greasy and I could tell was not authentic Caribbean style cooking. The price was very high for the poor quality of the food. I felt simply dissatisfied with the food and I will not go back for seconds..