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Ruthie's Caribbean Kitchen opened last year in January. In May 2018 I was passing through Vallejo and noticed that it had taken over B&W Cafe's space where I used to buy apple pie. Since it was lunch time, I stopped to check it out.
I started with the jerk chicken wings as an appetizer. Grilled, and not fried, these were fragrant with allspice and jerk seasoning but not spicy hot. Very juicy and tasty start.
Then a plate of goat curry cooked on the bone that won my respect. Again, very flavorful, good textures, but without notable capsicum warmth. Fried plantains and red beans and rice as sides were included for an ample lunch.
I liked my food so much, I got an order of mac and cheese to go. Cooked very soft, this had a generous amount of cheddar in the mix and was flecked with pimento.
When the owner, Ruth, checked on me, I did ask her about the spice levels. She explained that she is from Saint Lucia, and the cuisine differs from Jamaican in relying less heavily on chile peppers. I also asked her what typical St. Lucian food might be. She said she couldn't really answer that, only that she would be cooking the dishes she learned from her mother. She told me that she could make black cake for me by special order. I had a tour of the adjoining space that she hoped to open as a lounge area in 2019.
I haven't made it back yet to order that cake. Has anyone else tried Ruthie's?
Ruthie's Caribbean Kitchen
2632 Sonoma Boulevard
Vallejo, CA 94590
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