Dave’s Carribbean Food

22 Aug

614.266.5713 or 614.330.6294

Found outside Skully’s on Sunday night’s or at festivals and other events.
Available for catering and parties.

One of two Jamaican trucks in Columbus (the other being Red Snapper), Dave’s Food Truck (pictured below) caters to the crowd at Skully’s Sunday night reggae night in the Short North. He is looking for other locations, possibly in the campus area, but in the mean time you can find him at some festivals and special events. You’ll probably hear the truck before you see them – Skully’s aren’t the only ones pumping out reggae tunes on a Sunday night.

The menu is a fairly standard Jamaican offering with all of the favorites: curry goat, brown stew, jerk chicken and oxtail, as well as the obligatory male-enhancement drinks. We ordered the same items that we had sampled at Red Snapper earlier in the week and although tastes will vary, we would probably give Dave the edge. The food was really fast too, all ready to serve to a hungry late night crowd.

The jerk chicken was darker and hotter than most we have had in town (you can see the flecks of red pepper). It had a deep smoky taste and was both sweet and spicy. The chicken was tender and the rice and peas were fluffy and well seasoned. Overall a satisfying dish.

The curry goat also packed a little more punch than others we have had. Is that because Dave is catering to a late night crowd? or a largely Caribbean audience? As usual, you should beware of the bones, but your reward for careful eating is a rich sauce with tender goat and plenty of vegetables. Definitely one of the more substantial late night food options.

We finished our midnight feast with a slice of sweet potato pie. Though we doubt it was made in house, it was very good. Freshly made with a sweet creamy filling and a flaky crust.


5 Responses to “Dave’s Carribbean Food”

  1. vivshmack August 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    I am REALLY looking forward to checking out the oxtail here. YUM!!!

  2. Desirae November 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Okay, so I have been craving some jerk chicken. I used to go to Masala’s in Eastland Mall. So tonight, I decided that I have to fix this crave and couldn’t find anyone open with jerk except for Dave. Dave to the rescue or as I thought. The first thing, the Gyro truck that sits next to Dave at Skully’s smells amazing, you can’t smell anything on Dave’s truck. Second, they put peas in the rice and they are already mixed in so if you really don’t like peas, you cannot get them taken out. Another thing, where is the taste? I felt like I had left over BBQ chicken that had some jerk seasoning added. And I do mean just some seasoning. This is not at all the jerk chicken I was expecting.

    • odette34 June 6, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      We are happy for your business. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  3. Dawonne Jackson November 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Not what I expected at all….. where is the Carribean in this dish called Jerk Chicken. The dish was very bland to be Carribean food, tasted like it was bar b que chicken over regular rice and cabbage. Never was a fan of jerk chicken until I tasted Masala’s in Eastland Mall and I must say it was the tastiest, spiciest, flavorful jerk I’ve ever had and paid them a visit at least once a week, preferably on Sunday’s. But Dave I must give you a 1 out of 5 when it comes to the Jerk Chicken…not robust enough or flavorful.

  4. J September 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    It’s also located on lockbourne and fervid across from the marathon. I saw it when hoping sweet pot would come back. I tried it at skullys one Sunday and I thought it wasn’t that good either even the beef Pattie was bad.

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