Don’t go Jamaica to eat burgers. Or fries. And/or fries. I mean you can do whatever you want, but really – don’t. What is the fun in going all the way across the sea to stand in line at Burger King or order the same thing you always order at home? You probably have a good answer for that, but really I will insist that you be adventurous and indulge in local delicacies. It is part of what makes travel – travel.
With that being said, here are some Jamaican delicacies to ditch your burger for (okay okay, you can have the fries after):
Rice & Beans (sometimes called rice & peas) with curried goat
Unless beans makes you gassy, rice makes you itchy (yep, no kidding – some folks really do get itchy from eating rice), and goat makes you (well, lets stop there – you get the idea), you should indulge in this meal at least once. Literally almost all restaurants that I visited had rice and beans and curried goats on their menu, so you would have no excuse not to. I am not really great at describing good food other than saying it’s delicious so here you go – it was delicious! (Place: eatery at Dr. Cave’s Beach in Montego Bay)
Rice & Beans (sometimes called rice & peas) with steamed fish
Another rice and beans again, you say? Well, if Jamaica had a national meal, I want to bet it would be rice and beans. It is everywhere – in every place. And as you can see, they are creative with pairing it with different protein. The Pork Pit in Montego Bay makes some really yummy grilled pork that goes along with it and the Pelican Grill in Montego Bay also makes good oxtail. Honestly, this particular fish was not seasoned to my standards – that’s right, I have high seasoning standards. But, hey, at least I can say I had fish in Jamaica! I know – super important. (Place: eatery at Dr. Cave’s Beach in Montego Bay)
I bet you are thinking there is more than just patties – I know I know. The spread was so beautiful, so I had to take a picture of them all, but ignore the rest and focus on the star here. The beef stuffing was tender and nice and the pastry was light with just the right amount of crisp. Look at me -using other words than delicious !
I must say, while on the pricey side, the food at Rick’s Cafe, where this meal was produced and devoured, were my favorite !
Breakfast: Yam, plantain, acheke, banana, collard greens & cabbage
If I should be honest, this breakfast meal was my least favorite. I was not a fan of anything other than the collard greens and fish which was nicely seasoned. There is not much to say about it other than I gave it a try. If you were to stay at El Greco Resort in Montego Bay on your next trip, give it a shot also. You just may call me crazy.
Fried plantain and scrambled eggs
Plantains are part of Jamaican cuisine but this combo is not necessarily Jamaican. I love fried plantains and scrambled eggs, didn’t like the Jamaican breakfast, so why not? I bet the chef at The Westernder Inn, Negril will never forget how annoying I was with my special requests. I was really kind and smiled when I made my orders – I promise.
Red Stripe beer
Well, I dont drink beer so here we go- along with rum punch, Red stripe is quite popular there.