Melanie Wong wondered if anyone had tried Irie Cafe in Vallejo at 526 Tuolumne St (707-557-IRIE). I had lunch there yesterday and thought it was terrific (the lunch and dinner menus are identical except for the prices). For about $9 (I think dinner is $13?) I was stuffed after eating: jerked chicken (1/2 chicken with tasty spiced skin, moist on the inside, very tender and flavorful), sliced plaintains (lightly fried and not greasy), an ice-cream scoop moundful of mixed red beans and rice (quite colorful), a delicious corn bread (perfect consistency on the inside with nice crispness to the surface), and a green salad. Beverages are, of course, extra: I had bottled Bermuda ginger beer and there were various soft drinks and iced tea drinks for sale. I do not know if they sell alcohol. The place is quite spartan, with about room for five or six 4-person tables. Part of the space is a "stage" area for live reggae music, which apparently occurs quite often. They advised to call ahead for this, however, since the "house band" frequently tours. Aside from the satisfying food, the people there were extremely friendly and I got the feeling that this is a welcoming place. I am especially pleased to find a
good eatery in Vallejo since I visit there often but the restaurant reviewers seem to have ignored this locale.