Chicago >Food & Dining > Ja' Grill
1008 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.918191 -87.653853
Monday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: DePaul, North Side
BEST IN THE CITY! – As long time visitors of Negril Jamaica we were so excited to have finally found a place in Chicago that met our expectations! My parents, husband and I tried the place out on a Sunday Eve, there were a few full tables and the atmosphere was perfect! Even the bathrooms felt like Jamaica! We started out with the beef patties, which really hit the spot! Mom ordered the rum punch which she said was fantastic. We decided to get a few dishes and share, the Ox Tail, Whole Red Snapper Escovitch, and of course some Jerk Chicken. The Ox Tail was extremely tender and melted in your mouth, like a roast. The Jerk Chicken was served with a hot and mild sauce on the side. By itself it was fantastic however the HOT sauce was a huge hit at the table. The chicken was cooked to perfection and NOT overdone. It reminded us of the street vendors in Negril serving the chicken out of old trash barrels made into grills! Lastly the Red Snapper was just like Jamaica!!! We decided to get the entire fish and between the 4 of us, we tore it up! It was spicy, FRESH, tender and juicy and served with peppers and carrots, YUM! All entree's are served with rice and peas, cabbage and carrots and fried plantains, all of which were SO authentic! Just like we remembered! For dessert we tried the coconut sorbet and caramel apple bread pudding. First off the sorbet was to decadent it tasted like cold coconut cream pie filling with yummy bits of fresh coconut throughout, and it was served in a cute coconut shell! The bread pudding rivaled our favorites all over the city, it was very moist & the fresh warm caramel was what did us in!!! Overall Ja Grill is going to be our new favorite place and going there just has us itching to go back to Jamaica! We LOVE this little piece of Jamaica in the city! Service was laid back yet VERY efficient. You won't be let down!
I LOVE IT!!!!! – EXACTLY WHAT I BEEN LOOKIN FOR!!! I JUST MOVED TO THE CITY AND WAS GOING THRU CURRY GOAT WITHDRAW. THEY SAVED ME FROM MY CRAVING!!! TRY EM OUT BY ALL MEANS
Decent – The atmosphere is cool and great sitting outside in the summer. The food was OK, not memorable. Give it a shot- maybe you'll find something on the menu that's 'right up your alley'.
Spicy, casual storefront dishes up the unexpected: authentic Jamaican cuisine in Lincoln Park. – In Short
Locals can save the plane ticket, settle into a copper-y table and--eyes closed, ears tuned to reggae--imagine being where palm trees sway at this Jamaican restaurant and lounge. A large Marley mural--not to mention a menu of jerk classics, whole kingfish and curry--drives the point home. After meals, visitors can head to the basement-level lounge or bar in back for more Red Stripes and rum punch.
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