Tropic Island Jerk Chicken

Restaurants, Jamaican Chatham
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Tropic Island Jerk Chicken
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Tropic Island Jerk Chicken

The Chatham residents who mill about inside this smoke-scented Jamaican carryout spot are all waiting on the same thing: the best jerk chicken around. Members of the Grant family work in tandem, taking orders for rich, allspice-laced oxtails and jerk-rubbed chickens out of foggy smokers before packaging them along with sides of cinnamon-candied yams and buttery braised greens. Order an extra side of the lappable jerk sauce to dip your chicken in, but be prepared to either make do with one of only two rickety tables or eat in your car.


Venue name: Tropic Island Jerk Chicken
Address: 553 E 79th St
Cross street: between Rhodes and St Lawrence Aves
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to 79th. Bus: 3, 29, 75, 79.
Price: Average main course: $8
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