After taking the photo above, friendly Mitchell hands me a couple menus and asks me to help him out and spread the word about his tiny takeout Jamaican joint in Bedstuy. I smile and don't know how to tell him no one really reads my website, so I keep that to myself and sit down at the table he has set up outside. First things first, let's see how the food tastes.
The new awning has been installed and a few tables are planned for nice days like the one I stopped by on, because otherwise there is no place nearby to sit and enjoy the food. The tiny space only has room for a couple people to come in and bark their orders to the cook behind the bullet-proof glass.
The one page menu seems to go big with fish dishes, which take up the first half. A fish sandwich is the cheapest option, costing $4, while a large dinner of king fish comes in at $10 but will include some fixin's.
I was in the mood for stew chicken ($5, above, small portion) when I came, which is usually my #1 order at a new Jamaican place. The "small" plate is almost always too much for one person, and here is no exception, creating a very good value.
When ordering curries and stews you always get them served over a bed of the rice and peas and some pickled vegetables, which all combine to create delicious bites. I would next time ask for a bit more sauce for my stew as this was a bit on the dry side with the rice, but the meat is tender and juicy enough to not really need it. Every piece falls right off the bone.
The joint has a terrific neighborly vibe to it, and you will see Mitchell chatting with customers and nearby construction workers alike. Everyone around seems to know him well. We all should too.