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Asbury Park, NJ 07712
- Cost: $
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: None
- Parking: Street
- Take Out: Yes
October 8, 2015
Asbury Park is quickly becoming a Jersey food destination, with hip new restaurants serving diverse eats, like Talula’s and MOGO. Mark’s Place is decidedly ethnic old school – an unassuming storefront next to a tattoo parlor – but locals know that Mark’s is the spot for Jamaican specialties like curry goat and jerk chicken.
EthnicNJ attended a recent web conference in Asbury Park. On a tip from a local business executive who raved about it, I made sure I stopped at Mark’s for take out on my way home. She was right.
There are a few tables in the small space if you want to eat in. I stepped up to the counter to see what was on offer. I left with jerk chicken and a few patties for the road. The heady smell almost made me stop on the Parkway to eat, but I made it home safely. The wonderfully moist jerk chicken with crispy skin, a large bone-in portion served on a bed of rice and beans, with plantains and stewed cabbage, features a spice rub that highlights hot peppers and garlic and leaves your mouth tingling for a while afterward. The jerk chicken patty, not as spicy as the entree, is also very good. Mark’s offers beef, chicken and vegetable patties, Jamaican empanadas (only $2 each). Other Jamaican dishes on the menu include oxtail, stew chicken, roti and macaroni pie, with daily specials. The window advertises Jamaican and American Cuisine – Mark’s also serves wings (jerk, pineapple, buffalo or BBQ), burgers, wraps and even pasta.
Mark is a friendly host who takes pride in his food. His Jamaican cuisine is another reason to eat in Asbury Park.
Mark’s Place – Asbury Park, NJ
621 Main Street