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Coley's Kitchen is now Jerk Pit

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Coley's Kitchen is now Jerk Pit

Low End Theory | May 25, 2003 12:55 AM

Dear Chowhounds,

Were one to rank the seduction potential of restaurant names, "Jerk Pit" (occupying the former Coley's Kitchen at 4335 Crenshaw) would surely approximate the nadir. Are the cooks the same as Coley's? As Rick Springfield might say, the point is probably moot, because the food is pretty great.

I didn't try the jerk chicken - any expert opinions re: grilling woods, sauce &c. would be welcome - but the long-simmered oxtails were terrific and the curried goat was steeped in enough spice to fuel one's chi for some hours afterward. Unfortunately, they don't have ackee and salt fish, even on weekends (Wi Jammin at 5103 Pico still makes it but had run out when I was there).

My favourite grapefruit soda is available of course, and for yuks one can say "I'll have some of dat Ting" to the counterperson.

Beef pattie is chili-hot and good. Crust thicker and flakier than the ones I had at Kensington Mkt in Toronto, rendering the sometime coco bread sheath less important (I did spot a pile of flat buns atop the warming oven so one might ask).

If your sweet thing likes the Jamaican fare you will find satisfaction at Jerk Pit.

Happy eating,

Low End Theory

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