Very good food. Unpleasant experience. Not likely to return.
I visited Jamaican Me Hungry with 5 friends on a recent Saturday afternoon. Both of the CP reviews are correct about the flavor and quality of the food. Between the six of us in our party, we sampled the jerk chicken, the curried goat, the oxtails, and the fish entrees, as well as the beef patties. The plates were presented in a very attractive manner and everyone was happy with their food. However, getting to that point was not easy or enjoyable.
The first misstep was right after we sat down and looked at the menus. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding on our part (I am willing to concede this point), but we were expecting a more casual dining experience. Instead, the menu pricing was much closer to formal dining standards. In hindsight, I suppose the prices are appropriate, considering they include soup and salad, but the menus did not state that. When I told one of the servers that we would have to come back another time because the prices were higher than our party was prepared for, I was told they do have a lunch menu with lower prices, and she handed several lunch menus to me. What the heck?!?! It was around 1:00 in the afternoon when we walked in. Why weren't we informed of the lunch menu to begin with?
So, we ordered. And waited. The only other party in the restaurant left shortly after we ordered. For the next 30 minutes we sat and attempted to amuse ourselves. I understand and appreciate that made-to-order food takes time. But during that time there was not a single attempt from any of the staff to engage us in conversation, and no bread or crackers to snack on, not even the option to buy an appetizer, from what I could tell.
Finally the food came out and it was good. But I did have to ask, twice, to have our glasses of water refilled -- even though we were still the only party in the restaurant.
As we were leaving, another table had just been seated. They were being welcomed very warmly, and we overheard one of the staff tell the party that samples would be brought out so they could decide what they liked before ordering. Perhaps if that level of hospitality had been displayed to us, I would be considering a second visit.
The beginning of this article is lame and perpetuates a very shallow understanding of what Mexican food actually is. It's as if I had spent a few minutes hanging out at the Asheville drum circle, then walked away, proclaiming, "Southerners smell funny."
The author somewhat redeems himself in the rest of the text, but not nearly enough to cleanse the bad taste from the intro.
Uh, maybe show us the side of the sign that actually relates to the article? They weren't protesting Art Deco.
dsharlee: how can you give a 5-star review to a place you have not yet visited?
I've really enjoyed the delicious and exciting food XBB has served at their pop-ups. I look forward to seeing their full-service restaurant and enjoying the hospitality of these warm souls.
A fair review, although we didn't have any problems with the service or saltiness on our two visits in March and April. The cashews and the scallop appetizer, both mentioned, are indeed excellent.
However, I would have to knock off one star for failing to review Carter's desserts. The peanut brittle caramel cake (a photo is included, above) is AMAZING. It is worth a special trip to Carter's Kitchen for that, alone.
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