guides you to the best local dishes & drinks in
125+ cities.
See map now

EYW City Guides

London Food and Travel Guide, by Eat Your WorldGoing somewhere and wish you could take all of a city’s Eat Your World info with you? With EYW’s Kindle and City Guides, you can! Don’t miss out on any local foods or drinks during your next trip.

View available Kindle and City Guides

Join the Project

EYW wants your food photos!

Ethiopian Chicken Stew (Doro Wett)


Upload a photo now

Food Memories

EYW wants your food stories!

Eat in a Wine Barrel in Chiusa, South Tyrol

Via Tinne 7, Chiusa

Chiusa is an alpine village with pastel-coloured houses and birrerie. It has a special eatery with typical hearty fare of the Sud Tirol region where, if you’re lucky enough, you can eat in a booth... Read more

Write a Food Memory now

<< back to foods in Antigua

Jerk chicken

Jerk chicken and festival fritters from Antigua

What: This Jamaican import and Caribbean staple, in which chicken is coated in spices and slow-cooked over a live fire or grill, has been wholeheartedly embraced by Antigua, perhaps because there’s a good number of Jamaicans living and working on the island—or maybe because it’s just so damn tasty. Either way, most jerk-chicken joints here are low-key, no-name affairs, just a few grills on the side of the road. Pull over if you see one!

Where: That’s exactly what we did en route to the airport, when we spotted Jerk Master (268-728-0819; Old Parham Rd.) on the roadside just before the airport turnoff. As we checked in with greasy fingers between bites of chicken, the airport staff smiled knowingly.

Good to know: On Jamaica, jerk chicken—whose origin is credited to African slaves on the island—is famous for its pungent marinade, marked by allspice and super-spicy Scotch bonnet peppers. The variety on Antigua is not quite as intensely spicy. We’ve also heard that the tendency here to coat the chicken in a spicy BBQ-like sauce is not the Jamaican norm.

Order: An order of jerk chicken runs 12 EC and comes with freshly made festival, a slightly sweet Jamaican fritter that soaks up the excess sauce nicely. As for that sauce: The chicken was coated in some, but not too much that this tasted like BBQ chicken. The flavorful jerk marinade—spicy, a bit salty—still shined through. Also on offer here is jerk pork and BBQ pigtails, another popular Antiguan pork dish, and you can sometimes get fresh coconut water from the stand next door.

Alternatively: In the south of the island, Shirley Heights Lookout (268-728-0636; Shirley Heights, map)—sister facility to Russell’s in the northwest (see souse, seasoned rice)—does a good jerk chicken on Sundays as part of its afternoon steel-drum party and buffet, which starts around 4pm. It also offers one of the best views on the island, overlooking picturesque English Harbour. (Note: The restaurant is on the grounds of the historic Shirley Heights military complex, which charges an entrance fee. If you’re passing through just to visit the restaurant, the fee will be waived—you may be asked to present your restaurant receipt on the way out.) We also liked a no-name jerk-chicken joint, recommended by a Jamaican resident, located near the KFC (approx. map) on Anchorage Road, in the Runaway Bay/Fort James/St. John’s area.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Sign up for monthly updates on new destinations + food stories.

Your personal info is private. We will not spam you.

Forgot password