Before our trip to Jamiaca, my husband and I googled the best locations for jerk chicken and we kept seeing the name Scotchie's. We put it on our list of things to try, thinking it was probably just a touristy type place, but we would give it a shot. When our private transfer picked us up from the airport, we asked him what his favorite food was (jerk chicken) and where the very best place to find it was. We were surprised when he answered Scotchie's, but still assumed it was a tourist joint. We requested he take us there for lunch before dropping us off a the resort so we could try the "world-famous" Scotchie's. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant was full of local patrons and ordered the jerk chicken and pork. After ordering, we watched the workers in the kitchen preparing our food and were a little nervous about their cooking methods... I have never seen food cooked over a series of logs (presumably with a fire underneath) and then covered in tin roofing... It smelled heavenly though! Upon receiving our food, we were so overwhelmingly surprised with how good it all was. The taste of the smokey flavor was out of this world and the blend of spices and seasonings was superb. The chicken and the pork were both cooked through and extremely tender and flavorful. The infamous Scotchie's hot sauce was delicious, and the heat was very satisfying! (nothing worse than a sauce being advertised as hot and truly being mild!) Best of all, even with our worries about food safety, neither of us fell ill from the food or had any stomach issues! We enjoyed it so much that we paid $30 for a taxi ride back to get lunch a few days later and can report that it was just as good, if not better than our first Scotchie's experience. If ever in Jamaica again, this will definitely be our first stop!!
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