Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Humble Little Spice Afro Caribbean Cuisine Impresses


spice_beefpatty_IGP8474_450wIf you happen to be driving on Highway 9 between Windward Pkwy and Bethany Bend and witness an out-of-control, very oversized black SUV with one window blown out — I recommend you get the hell out of the way. That’s me on my way to lunch, and I probably have my face buried in a brown paper bag feeding my uncontrollable addiction to those illicit — no? Well, they ought to be — $2 Jamaican beef patties from Spice Afro Caribbean Cuisine (13695 GA-9, Milton, Tel: 678.691.5016) not paying one single ounce of attention to the traffic around me.

If in the area consider yourself warned.

In fact, you may want to consider avoiding this area altogether, until I get this problem under control.

Those not wanting to brave the streets around the restaurant are encouraged to dine in. It’s certainly a lot safer. Just remember, this humble little Caribbean eatery wouldn’t be considered a hole-in-the-wall by most (it’s actually sort of nice by ethnic eatery standards) but it won’t win any ambiance awards either. And it’s counter service.

I go for the food. Period.

And this is soul-soothing Jamaican comfort food at its best.

Unctuous oxtails — possibly the best I’ve ever eaten — arrive bathing in an intoxicating, dark, rich, saucy broth that warms the soul.

Like most comfort foods, spicy jerk chicken isn’t pretty on presentation, but it’ll have you shamelessly licking the plate when finished; even at risk of getting caught.

A side of lightly fried plantains are soft, but still toothy, not in the least mushy like so many other versions around town.

The pile of rice that comes with most dishes is different from a texture standpoint; the grains are unusually hearty and starchy, but in a good way.

Spice Afro Caribbean Cuisine offers most all of the traditional dishes you’ll find at Jamaican restaurants, such as Escovitch King Fish and Ackee and Saltfish, which of course is the most iconic Jamaican dish of all.

Bottom line: this place is the real deal when it comes to food. Those looking to be pampered in lavish ambience and by pretentious 5-star service need not apply.

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