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“Go early!”
Review of Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Jamaican
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Cowpens, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Go early!”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Wonderful service and very good food! So much food, one plate can be shared. Arrive early - 5 pm- since it gets very busy in the evenings.

Visited June 2014
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English first
North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Ribs & Chicken”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We really enjoy the Caribbean flair they use for their ribs and chicken, and the corn bread is really delicious too! The meat falls off of the bone, perfectly seasoned and tender. The friendly service is great. We make a point to eat here whenever we are in a Ocean Isle. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed!

  • Visited May 2014
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NC
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“AB-FAB! Don't miss a trip to Sugar Shack!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

WOW.....amazing food & environment! The short version: succulent fall-off-the-bone ribs & crispy coconut shrimp fresh & juicy on the inside. Clean place with fantastic staff. Food served hot & quick - we only waited 10-15 min!

Here is the 'rest' of the story:

Both hubby and I had the 1/2 rack with 6 coconut shrimp combo.
- coconut shrimp were PLUMP and DELISH, shrimp tasted so fresh and the coconut batter was just amazing. Golden crispy outside, batter fully cooked (not gooey) and tender, thick, perfectly cooked, clean shrimp on the inside. Best shrimp I've had in a while, and the batter was just enough to add juicy coconut flavor without making it too sweet or overpowering the shrimp.
- ribs were TRUE fall-off-the-bone TENDER & SUCCULENT!! NOT overly spicy (see comments below about spice & other reviews) but were SO FLAVORFUL, you could really taste the meat and not a bunch of extra sauce or spices, I prefer filet as a rule and I would take Sugar Shack Ribs over a perfectly cooked filet now!
- cole slaw side on the late was the freshest I've ever eaten, PERFECTION!
- 1/2 sweet potato (or squash?) side was so moist I had to stop myself from eating it as I was SO full already!
- rice & beans also offered on the plate or you can sub fresh veggies, and they are FRESH!!!

Kids options good for young picky eaters, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese & cheeseburgers (and fries!). Kids got burgers and said they were great, fries were also nice & crispy.

On the spicy-ness....or lack of:
I read some of the lower-rating reviews on yelp due to 'lack of Caribbean heat' in the food.....and I must say I understand their opinions - BUT - I think the issues with the food not having 'real Jamaica heat/spices' are for a valid reason. They are catering to a mass quantity and most average American consumers would likely not enjoy 'true' Jamaican spices on average - not to mention this is geared towards the whole family & my kids ate some of our ribs & coconut shrimp and liked it! While some may prefer a more 'authentic' culinary experience, this establishment is doing extremely well and the food is just AMAZING without the extra heat-added (if you need it, they have sauces! Just ask!) I sometimes think to be a thriving business with the masses (not the authenticity seekers) you have to choose a consensus-route to stay busy & stay in business! Note that this SPECIAL PLACE has been the only business in this location to survive for years over others in the area that are gone overnight. Also, this place is owned by a couple & the chef is a native of Jamaica. His wife, Linda, is one of the most spunky, cool, hip and fantabulous people I've met!!!

Plan ahead if you can! On a Fri or Sat wait w/o reservations can possibly be over 1 hour .....we went on Thurs at 5:30 (no wait) and by 6pm there were at least 5 parties waiting outside. Call a week ahead for reservations if you can, or at least before you go! The food is worth the wait!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Enjoyable with Good Service”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

The Jerk Sauce is quite good at this place. Not as hot as most Caribbean place, but you can spice it up if you like and make it real hot. We had the ribs which were wonderful eating and the atmosphere and service in the place was really good.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank tri-1124
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Greentown, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“great food, great service”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Beautiful view, food was delicous, very friendly staff, friend had fish of day, soup excellent, my chicken over pasta was very filling

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank sandyolsommer
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