Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CARIBBEAN

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Irie Palace

7506 W. Appleton Ave.

This unassuming place is a mecca for those in search of authentic Jamaican fare. The jerk is a work of art with the flavors of allspice and a hint of scotch bonnet pepper. You will find curry goat, oxtails and maybe even cow foot along with curried chicken and shrimp. Call ahead to have the fish prepared to order. The décor is nothing fancy but comfortable and the bar is amply stocked with Red Stripe beer.  (J.B.) $-$$. CC. Handicap access. 461-8203.

Painted Parrot

8028 W. National Ave.

The Painted Parrot combines the flavors of Jamaica with a few Cajun and Mexican touches. The setting is casual and colorful with murals of Jamaican musicians. The nachos are a huge serving and the gumbo good enough. Try the jammin' chicken or pork in a mildly spicy Jamaican jerk sauce. This is many miles from the islands but a fun place with hints of the Caribbean. (J.B.) $$. CC.FF. RS. 257-1012