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Spice Garden Cafe, Jamaican, Howard St.

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Spice Garden Cafe, Jamaican, Howard St.

zim | Apr 14, 2003 09:46 AM

This place opened recently in a little set back strip mall on the chicago side of howard st recently.

Going in, I new it porbably wasn't the best place to order jerk chicken as it didn't have the overpowering heavy smell that the best jerk places do, but since I've been on a little kick recently we ordered a jerk chicken as well as on order of oxtail to give it a try.

The jerk was definitely more baked than anything else in a barbecue heavy sauce chunky with onions and stuff, ok, but not really what I want from jerk chicken.

The oxtail was better, (both kids said they liked it better than rancho luna's but not as much as San's or Flower's Pot) I thought it still a little tough and not gelatinous, long cooked enough, but with good flavors.

No ting to be had, but they did have some nice imported and packaged in kingston, frozen in white plastic bottles coconut water, much fresher tasting than some of the canned stuff you find.

Overall I'd say you're better off in the area going to au Rendez vous or Flower's pot for the wetter dishes or Caribbean-American Bakery or Linette's for Jerk.

Spice Garden Cafe
2055 Howard St.
773-262-7096

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