We tried Rose of Sharon this past weekend after seeing a brief write up in the City Paper. This was our first experience with Caribbean/Jamaican food and--although I have nothing else to compare it to--it was really good and really cheap.
For about $22, we had jerk chicken, beans and rice, plantains, cabbage, 2 meat pies (chicken and beef), macaroni and cheese, a slice of chocolate cake and something called black cake.
The jerk chicken was my favorite. It was really spicy and flavorful. The mild beef one was good, but not fantastic. Since it was the "mild" one, I am assuming that there was a spicier one that was sold out. The chicken meat pie was so spicy and good. The desserts are also made there and both were very good. The black cake was a fruit cake with lots of rum. My least favorite was the macaroni and cheese, which I found to be a bit dry.
The ladies who were working there were very friendly. As far as I could tell, the menu changes daily and many items run out. They told us that if we called earlier in the day, they could reserve whatever we wanted.
It's only a carryout, but totally worth it.
If anyone tries it, please post. I would love to hear about other people's experiences.
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