Charleston Edition: Island Rhythm Jamaican Cuisine & Catering

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Island Rhythm

There's a bit of a Jamaican trend happening in West Virginia right now. It started with Karubees in Dunbar, then I quickly learned of two restaurants that opened in Morgantown (more on those later), and then Island Rhythm Jamaican Cuisine & Catering here in Charleston.

Island Rhythm

Located in Kanawha City, Island Rhythm Jamaican Cuisine & Catering has taken over a former bakery space and is serving carryout during the quarantine. So, I absolutely needed to take advantage of that. I ordered the jerk chicken, mixed vegetables, mac & cheese and a beef patty.

Island Rhythm

The flavor of the jerk chicken was good, though I found many wayward bones and pieces of cartilage that had me stopping every other bite. I get that this is a standard preparation, just a warning :) The mixed vegetables were tasty - but I do love me some cooked cabbage. Again, be on the lookout for spices and herbs that have leaves and stems you may not want to bite into. The mac & cheese used like a tricolor rotini, which I thought was interesting. Small piece, but it had that comforting flavor I love. The beef patty was totally my favorite part of the meal. Crispy and a little spicy and savory.

Grade: B

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