Jamaica to the bone, aromatic and smoky, sweet but insistently hot. All of its traditional ingredients grow in the island’s lush green interior: fresh ginger, thyme and scallions, Scotch bonnet peppers and the sweet wood of the allspice tree, which burns to a fragrant smoke. “It’s not a sauce, it’s a procedure,”
Vegetarian style foods from Jamaica are rated among the best of the best in the Caribbean. Jamaica has been a melting pot of many cultural influences including the Africans, Spanish, English, Indians, Asians and Arawaks.
If you want an evening that has a taste of the islands, try our original curry shrimp along with one of our sides of roti, johnny cake or corn bread
Jamaican Jerk Hut
a taste of Jamaica in Philly!
Indoor/Outdoor dining dishes up Jamaican jerk, curries & roti to a reggae soundtrack
We are happy to serve your own beer or wine or for a real tropical treat bring some rum to mix with our homemade juices. With soft summer breezes and live island music on weekends all you need to do is imagine the sound of the ocean.
Spice up your party with delicious Jamaican cuisine! Whether its a casual supper for ten, a formal dinner for fifty or passed hors d'oeuvres for five hundred, Jamaican Jerk Hut's catering team takes away all the work and worry.
JOIN US ON THE VERANDA
Sit back, relax and enjoy a truly Jamaican experience. Here at the Veranda we offer you an enticing array of traditional Jamaican dishes plus an exciting selection of appetizers from throughout the Carribbean!
In 2007, when Lisa Wilson assumed ownership of Jamaican Jerk Hut, she was just 24 years old. Despite Wilson’s youth, restaurant founder Nicola Shirley chose her successor because she felt the Overbrook native with Jamaican heritage would devote herself to being a dedicated caretaker of the South Street West restaurant.
Shirley had launched her Caribbean BYOB in 1994, deliberately choosing 1436 South St. instead of a storefront on West Philly’s Jamaican-saturated 52nd Street corridor because of a burning desire to introduce island cuisine to a whole new audience. Also on fire: the hardwood charcoal in the kitchen’s indoor brick fire pit - a unique accessory that’s the source of the famous jerk chicken that still flies out the restaurant’s front doors.
Originally take-away only, the Jerk Hut quickly expanded with service at picnic tables in the backyard patio, complemented by steel drums and live reggae that turned the grassy lot into a rocking destination on Friday and Saturday nights. The alfresco dining area even hit the big screen in 2005, as the final scene for the Cameron Diaz film In Her Shoes.