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Oakland - Beef patty and ginger beer at Art's Jamaican Market on Broadway

rworange | | Sep 28, 2007 09:09 PM

This tiny Jamaican market is located across the street from the Art's Crab Shack.

It is mainly groceries but they sell hot beef patties. Think flat hot pocket that is about the size of a slice of white bread but not as thick. The flaky crust is an orange-yellow color somewhere between the shade of tumeric and pumpkin. Inside is a smooth smear of spicy beef mixture almost the consistancy of refried beens. The patties are from Jamaica and available frozen too. They have chicken patties too, but only sell those frozen.

Tried a bottle of DG Jamaican Ginger Beer brewed in Brooklyn. It has a nice bite from Jamaican ginger extract but there is some junk in there like HFCS. I'd stick with Reed' Ginger beer though this did taste good.

Like the Mexican spices in cellophane bags there is a wall of West Indian bagged spices, many I've never heard of like chany root, chew sticks, Irish Moss, mauby bark, blood wiss, bridal wiss, etc, etc.

The spices are above the freezer case where they sell gallons of Mitchell's Ice Cream in tropical flavors.

They have frozen bread fruit and frozen Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. There are shelves of hot sauces, There are Ovaltine biscuits to have with your Ovaltine. Lots of flyers and business cards of Jamaican businesses and events.

This is some sort of karma. I've been reading about West Indian food lately. My original intent was Cole's Coffee on College (at last). Nope. They closed early today. Backup was the pizza / broasted chicken joint on Broadway. Never had broasted chicken. The chicken delivery guy didn't show up. So cruising down Broadway and contemplating what next, Art's caught my eye and I thought why not since the cuisine was fresh in my mind.

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Art's Jamaican Market (now Minto's)
4042 Broadway, Oakland, CA

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