That chicken is tender and juicy; smoke permeates deep into the meat. Murky-looking jerk sauce is not a pretty sight but it is an absolute delight for the taste buds, as it’s laden with the kind of heat that clears the sinuses and holds a complexity of flavors that’ll have you guessing at the recipe. If you’re wary of spice, order the sauce on the side.
Portions at Caribbean Chicken & Fish are generous. Pictured, clockwise from left: Caribbean rice and peas, jerk chicken, collard greens, saltfish patty, callaloo, jerk wings. / Photo by Ligaya Figueras
A modest order of a quarter chicken – leg, thigh and breast – is rough chopped and piled inside a plastic to-go container. It is so much meat that the lid will barely stay shut. This is a quarter chicken?
The parade of generous portions continues with sides like mild Caribbean and peas, mac-and-cheese, collards or callaloo.
Now, where will you eat it? Well, there is a single round metal picnic table inside. There’s also that two-person patio table outside. Or, you can do as everyone else does: Take it to your car with full intention of eating it at home and watch it disappear on the drive.
Caribbean Chicken & Fish, 3358 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Scottdale, 678-705-3452, Facebook: Delight Your Plate Caribbean Chicken & Fish.