In an effort to support more Black-owned restaurants, I checked out some Jamaican food in the Triangle for the first time! This Jamaican food tour took me to three strip-mall gems, all three restaurants have unassuming brick and mortars with hearty and flavorful Jamaican fare. Please note, all three restaurants currently offer takeout and have closed dining rooms due to the pandemic. I can’t wait to update this post as I experience more Jamaican food culture in the area!
My first stop was Mum’s Jamaican in Raleigh. My best friend married a Jamaican man and has been telling me about a dish made with the tropical fruit, ackee, which is typically served with salted cod. If you haven’t had it, ackee has a texture similar to eggs. I was so excited to finally get to try it after hearing about it for years! It’s quite comforting and I loved it. We also tried Jerk Chicken and mac and cheese, cabbage, and red beans and rice. All tasty!
3901 Capital Blvd STE 101, Raleigh, NC 27604
Also located in Raleigh is Lee’s Kitchen. I am in love with their mac and cheese and plantains. I tried their oxtails and jerk chicken and enjoyed both. The oxtails from Lee’s are thinly sliced at the bone. I prefer standard cut oxtail bones but they were still delicious! You can actually see a video of a friend of mine and I try Lee’s via a virtual tasting below.
Video featuring Mum’s Jamaican and Lee’s on my Try Something New Tuesdays Youtube Series
Taste of Jamaica
Located in Cary, Taste of Jamaica gave me my first experience of Jamaican patties, which are flaky, delicious pockets stuffed with either a vegetarian filling or a chicken filling. I had the chicken one and I wish I had 10 more beside me as I type this. Their oxtail plate was perfect. Tender, flavorful, and the meat just falls off the bone.
Taste of Jamaica
600 E Chatham St C, Cary, NC 27511
And that concludes my list of Jamaican food in the Triangle so far! There are a few more Jamaican restaurants I’d love to check off my list. I’ll update this post when I try them.
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