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Monday, May 11, 2015

If You Love Jamaican Food, You’ll Dig International Restaurant

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

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Based on a tip from a friend who spent half his life living and working in Jamaica, I finally made it to International Restaurant Shrimp and Fish, a place serving the most authentic Caribbean fare in town, according to him.

To me, Jamaican food is one of the most exciting and satisfying cuisines out there, and whenever I learn of another option, I immediately fit it into my dining schedule. Like almost every other Jah place around, this one is a hole-in-the-wall carry-out on the fringes of town. Located one block south of Hot Sauce Williams, the vaguely named International Restaurant (7823 Cedar Rd., 216-339-4544) has been open for about four years.

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The restaurant serves the customary mix of stews like curry chicken, curry goat, oxtail stew, cow’s foot and fish stew. International’s jerk chicken is dark as night from a multitude of spices, which provide a deep, intense and lasting heat. The flavorful meat is supple but not falling of the bone.

Less spicy but no less satisfying, the sun-colored curry chicken, also bone-in, is pleasantly spiced with tropical and exotic flavors. Sadly, the oxtail stew, a personal fave, wasn't yet ready for sale. 

Most dishes cost $7 to $9 for a small, which is anything but, and include the customary warm cabbage slaw, rice and beans.

If you dig Jamaican food, put this place on your lunchtime list. 

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