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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.

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Red Snapper

10 Aug

Jamaican
614.607.8601
Likely Locations: 17th & Joyce (Daily 11-6.30pm) and Lynn Alley Tue/Fri lunchtimes.

While many food truck operators aspire to own their own restaurant and often think of their truck as a stepping stone towards that goal, Red Snapper’s owners have taken a different path – as former ‘bricks and mortar’ restauranteurs, they now enjoy the flexibility of a running a truck.

Their menu varies from day to day, but they always have their most popular dishes ready for their regulars on market day. On our most recent visit we tried two of the favorites – jerk chicken and the curry goat. Continue reading