December 30, 2011
390 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
  • Cost: $
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Street
  • Take Out: Yes

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December 30, 2011


My mouth is still tingling from this plate of J & J Caribbean’s jerk chicken. Order the “small” portion and you get everything pictured above – wonderfully spicy-sweet jerk chicken pieces, rice and peas (beans), sweet plantains and some vegetables (mostly cabbage). The jerk spices here are hot, so be warned if you’re not used to it. I’m sure the roti (Caribbean meat and potato wrap) is just as good, but they had none when I visited.

It doesn’t get more hole-in-the-wall than this tiny Jamaican storefront on Valley Street in South Orange. The cash only menu is on the wall, there are maybe six small tables, and the display cases are empty, except for the one with an array of savory Jamaican patties – beef, chicken and veg – also spicy. The decor consists of a few old Jamaican posters. Clearly, the magic is taking place in the small hidden kitchen. Ask what’s available that day. On weekdays, J & J’s is filled with students from nearby Columbia High School snagging a quick patty for lunch. I wish my high school had served Jamaican food.