Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get any two Jamaican dishes at Jamaican Dave’s (up to a $24 value).
Jamaican Dave's has a menu of off-the-island eats that induce mouth watering with Caribbean-spiced savories and authentic cuisine served in a cozy, island-themed shop. Cooks marinate jerk chicken in a blend of scallions, onions, thyme, nutmeg, and other seasonings for hours before slow cooking to seal in juices and flavor. Curried goat—a celebratory favorite frequently served at soirees, weddings, and igloo-warming parties—coats goat meat in a spicy Jamaican curry marinade before being roasted to fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Platefuls of red snapper dispatch seafood cravings, while fricasseed chicken steeps in an herb-and-spice combo before being fried golden brown and sauced with a savory gravy. All entrees come with a host of side dishes, including white rice or rice and red kidney beans, fried-dough festivals, plantains, and coleslaw.
According to the Grand Rapids Press writer John Berba, Jamaican Daves subjects takeout customers to a unique form of torture: making them wait until they get home to enjoy the delectable Jamaican cuisine they've purchased. Berba himself couldn't wait that long; he pulled over into a parking lot after picking up his order, parking to devour chicken curry that he described as "the best $6.50 I've spent on food in recent memory." Other specialties include fried, pickled escoveitch fish and fall-off-the-bone curried goat, which can be taken home or savored at the restaurant's booths. Potted plants, natural wood, and a Jamaican flag contribute to a quaint, homey ambiance.
1059 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506