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Back A Yard in Menlo Park report...


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Back A Yard in Menlo Park report...

angie2210 | | Jun 16, 2008 11:42 AM

Ok so I didn't make it to Pine Mountain this weekend but I was in Belmont again. After searching the boards I had heard a lot about Back A Yard in Menlo Park. I've been dying for some jerk chicken so I went. I walked in (so excited by the way and starving) and the place reminded me of a hole in the wall taqueria in San Diego or something. It was very small, a few tables around and packed full of people. All the seats were full and there was a line literally out the door. (Oh ya, it was 8:00 Friday night) So I ordered a vegetable patty, and the white meat jerk chicken. I then was so excited that I was there (seeing the chef through the kitchen doors) that I had to tell the lady at the register just how excited I was and how I had heard such great things about them on this site...I think she thought I was crazy....oh well.

So the food took a little while and the place never slowed down. We ordered to go since there wasn't a seat in the place. We got the food and I seriously ran to the car and grabbed the vegetable patty. It was good, I think it could have had more filling and a little less "pocket" though. So the one mistake I made was ordering the white meat chicken. The meat was dry. BUT the flavor was PERFECTION!!! I was wary from reading past recs that it wouldn't be spicy enough (I like to sweat when I eat) but I thought the heat was perfect. People on hear had mentioned how you can taste the layers of spices, and you really can. It was amazing. It came with the red beans and rice which were delicious, especially with the jerk, and the fried plantains. The plantains were delicious also, they were just carmelized sugary goodness.

So, needless to say I was very happy, I think next time I'm going to get the dark meat jerk chicken with the oxtails, I bet they are great. I can't wait to go back!!

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