The aromas of allspice and moreish marinades waft through the air on weekends, as metal drums and barbecues come to life along roadsides island-wide.
Sam’s Quality Jerk & More
This tiny rustic restaurant offers local meals and the option to dine in as well as extremely popular jerk from the smoking drums outside. Open six days a week, with later hours Thursday to Saturday.
Jerk legend Seymour Silburn is still delivering the spice after nearly 40 years. Situated in Tortuga Rum factory parking lot, he is open Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and has regulars who visit from all over the island.
Another legend of the grill, barbecue master Chef John has three locations, off Crewe Road, in the Seven Mile Public Beach car park and the West Bay Public Beach dock. Succulent ribs and chicken are customer favorites, as are the delicious side dishes. Crewe Road is open for dinner Friday and Saturday, while Seven Mile Beach and West Bay are open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Red Bay Jerk Stand
Located on Shamrock Road, near Prospect Playhouse, the Red Bay Jerk Stand has legions of fans, with smoky barrels luring in commuters on their way home, and even attracting customers who live in the opposite direction. Open noon to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. on Friday nights.
Grape Tree Café
Owned by Osbourne Bodden, this Bodden Town fish fry is located right on a spectacular white sandy beach. The café may be small, but the portions are big, and well-reviewed. Open Friday and Saturday noon to 9 p.m., Sunday and public holidays noon to 8 p.m.
Big Tree BBQ
This Gun Bay eatery serves delicious ribs, stewed beef, conch and more under the shade of the huge tree which gives the barbecue pit its name. They’ve been tantalizing taste buds for five years now. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and Sunday.
Captain Herman’s serves an array of Caribbean delicacies from its colorful East End beachside hut. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., BYOB and enjoy the sunset while you dine. Captain Herman is also a renowned fisherman who offers chartered trips.
Eastern Star Fish Fry
Nestled behind East End gas station, guests can enjoy good, fresh food with the sand beneath their toes. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Jameion’s Jerk Chicken
East End is a hub for quality roadside food. Jameion Bodden’s jerk outfit caters from the district’s jerk lovers on Friday and Saturday evening at 6 p.m. near Pirate’s Cove Bar. On Fridays, Jameion adds delicious conch soup to the mix.