From Curry goat to Shrimp & Grits, A taste of Black Chicago

Ja Grill Interior 2

Chicago may be best known for its deep dish pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs, Jazz music, Al Capone, and dare I say… Kanye West? But my recent trip reminded me of how beautiful of a city it is and the diversity of it’s food offerings.  On my quest for great food,  I’ve traveled to many major American cities, and I can definitely say that it’s a city where the sites are just as great as the food. I was lucky enough to check out a wide array of restaurants including some awesome Black owned restaurants. Here’s a break down of two I recommend you check out  if you make it up to the windy city.

Ja’Grill Hyde Park

1510 E Harper Ct, Chicago, IL 60615

Rather than “doing what the Roman’s do” when traveling to Chicago and trying some of their famous pizza,  I decided to go a different route.  Ja’Grill is an authentic Jamaican restaurant that serves up all the Jamaican favorites from curry goat to beef patties and a few other signature dishes.  I decided to go with the Jamaican curry goat dinner which consisted of huge chunks of well-seasoned goat, stewed cabbage, coconut rice and peas, and a side of ripe fried plantains.

JaGrill Curry Goat

I  loved the contrast of sweet, buttery, and savory  flavors all on one plate.  I couldn’t leave without trying a few more dishes so I settled on their jerk chicken salad and their signature oxtail stew.  I won’t ruin the moment for you, but when you do decide to go, be sure to share your thoughts with me so we can both salivate on this delicious memory!



Peach’s Restaurant

4652 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60653

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Soul Food has always been at the top of my foodie favorites list. That love of soulfood is why I  I took a visit to a friendly neighbourhood staple on Chicago’s southside,  Peach’s Restaurant. It dishes out good old fashioned southern comfort food that is worth the trip.  I decided on a few traditional items including catfish and grits, salmon croquettes, and another southern classic, shrimp and grits.

Peachs Catfish

All were nothing short of amazing.  My favorite item on the menu was  their Peach cobbler.  It’s the best I’ve ever tasted!





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