Bites Nearby: Jerk Kitchen

Sometimes the most tedious part of dining out is figuring where to go and where not to go. Patch makes it easy. We scout out restaurants for you. This week: Jerk Kitchen.

Jerk Kitchen is hidden away in the parking lot, unobtrusive and easy to overlook. The restaurant is very quiet and casual. There is outside and indoor seating; though it is limited. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a family diner, and the restaurant really appears to cater to takeout.

Service: The service is very friendly and helpful. Never having eaten Jamaican food, my server had to explain almost every item on the menu to me, and she did so with a friendly smile.

Entrees: The large portions left me unsatisfied and hungry; however, as I said, I've never had Jamaican food before so I was not sure what to expect.

The prices were very reasonable. Most of the dinners can be ordered as a small or large serving, and the difference in price is about one dollar. The entrees come with rice and peas; vegetables and plantains, white rice or broiled dumplings; and banana and yam.

The brown stewed chicken, which is $6.50 for a small serving and $7.50 for a large, is mildly spicy and a little tough.

The jerk chicken, which is $6.99 for a small and $7.99 for a large, was tough and dry with a sweet coating. I've never had jerk chicken so I am not sure how easy it is supposed to be to chew, but I was working for my meal.

The rice and peas were average. They tasted like the instant rice and beans you make from a box. The vegetables were stringy and bland, while the plantains were greasy.

Sides: The coco bread, which is $1.40, is a very dense bread. What can I say? It was bread.

Bottom Line: Jerk Kitchen is a comfortable and welcoming establishment. The chicken is tough and dry, and the sides are average.

Location: 2821 Chastain Meadow Pkwy, Marietta 30066

Phone: 770-794-4473

Hours: Monday through Wenensday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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