Ja’ Grill

Restaurants, Jamaican Hyde Park
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Ja' Grill Hyde Park

The lights are low and the Caribbean beats bopping at this Jamaican spot, recently relocated from its longtime Lincoln Park home to 53rd Street’s newish Harper Court development. While the Hyde Park dining room may be a bit glossier than its precursor, the restaurant’s soul—i.e., Herbert Errol Gallimore’s renditions of his native isle’s specialties—remains intact. Chicken, shrimp and pork are among the host of proteins given a smoky jerk treatment here. Perhaps most memorable, though, are the slow-cooked dishes like oxtail stew and goat curry, which transform modest cuts and humble root vegetables into pure warming and hearty comfort. On the cocktail front, the Ja’ Rum Punch—a potent mix of white, dark and coconut rums brightened with fruit juice—is a customer favorite.

By: Cate Huguelet

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Venue name: Ja’ Grill
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Address: 1510 E Harper Ct
Chicago

Opening hours: Brunch (Sun), lunch (Fri, Sat), dinner
Price: Average main course: $17
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