Growing up in South Florida, I was exposed to a lot of different cuisines. Two of my favorites are Cuban and Caribbean. I love Cuban roasted pulled pork, Cuban sandwiches, Jerk chicken, curry chicken; I could eat those foods every day. Having lived in DC for almost 10 years now, I have not found that many authentic Cuban or Caribbean restaurants. I will admit, however, I have looked a lot harder for Cuban places. When I saw that a Caribbean food truck serving Jerk chicken was going to be near my office I was excited to try it.
Reggae Vibes food truck has been on the streets of DC since July 2013. How I have not come across it yet I have no idea. But I am glad I did. Reggae Vibes specializes in Jamaican cuisine. They serve Jerk chicken, curry chicken, another curry dish that changes, and Jamaican sides. You can get the Jerk chicken as a platter with rice, beans, and cabbage, as a salad, or as a sandwich. The curry chicken platter also comes with rice, beans, and cabbage. The day I went they had curry fish as the special but looking at their Twitter page and online reviews I have seen curry goat and ox tail as other options. For sides they have Jamaican beef patties (which I loved when I was younger before I stopped eating beef), coco bread (a sweet bread eaten in the Caribbean which I also love and will definitely try sometime), rice and beans, cabbage, and plantains.
I ordered the Jerk chicken platter. The service was fast and friendly and I was treated to some reggae music during my short wait. When the food was handed to me I could already tell there was a lot of food in there. It was served in a cardboard container and it was very heavy. The smells coming from the container were so good I knew I was in for a treat. Upon arriving back to my office, I opened the container and saw how much food was in there. So much food! There were three chicken legs in Jerk sauce, a huge scoop of rice and beans, and another large scoop of cabbage. The cabbage also had carrots and green peppers in it. I went right for the chicken. They cook the chicken on a grill so it had that nice char-grilled flavor. The sauce was an authentic Jerk sauce and had a nice kick at the end. As I have mentioned before, I love spicy food. The chicken left my lips tingling, but in a good way. The rice and beans had a nice sweetness to them and the cabbage had a good crunch. Both of the sides were a provided a nice cooling element for the spicy Jerk.
Overall, I was very pleased with the Reggae Vibes truck. It was nice to have some authentic Jerk chicken and I will definitely try them again. Look for their location on their Twitter page @ReggaeVibesTruk.
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