Jan 30, 2024 - News

Bite Club: Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at Ocho Rios Jerk Spot

A square plate with rice and beans, fried plantains, round fried bread and a bowl of curry chicken.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

I love Caribbean food, but somehow I'd never made it down to Ocho Rios Jerk Spot. So, I decided to rectify that recently.

State of play: The original opened in 2020 at Northern and 43rd avenues, and they opened a second restaurant in Goodyear last fall.

What I ordered: I'm a big fan of jerk chicken and after perusing the menu, I planned to stick with my go-to Caribbean dish, but my server urged me to branch out and try the curry chicken instead. I figured she knows the menu better than I, so I went with her recommendation.

  • For sides, I went with the fried plantains, and my server suggested the rice and peas.
  • Entrees also come with a piece of festival — a slightly sweet traditional Jamaican fried bread.

The verdict: I was blown away. The curry chicken was definitely the right move — tender and flavor-packed with a spicy tang.

  • You can never go wrong with fried plantains, and the sides were great, too.

What's next: Frankly, pretty much everything on the menu looks incredible. I'll be making a number of return trips. I've got to go back for some jerk chicken. My server recommended I try the jerk chicken wings first.

  • They've also got jerk pork and shrimp.
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