Colorado Springs gets another taste of Jamaica | Table discussion | Culture & Leisure
Everton Cameron, owner of High Grade Foods, has been operating his highly successful food truck since 2013, when there were only a handful of mobile food businesses roaming the city. On May 28, he opened a table restaurant at 1020 S. Tejon St., but not without significant delays.
“Yes, it took about three and a half years,” he said. “There were construction delays, then the pandemic. “
The good news is, it’s open and it serves some of the most delicious Jamaican food we’ve been in for some time. Cameron’s culinary talent, which has been honed while working in upscale Jamaican hotels and resorts, shines in his new restaurant. An example: the Jamaican beef patty with coconut bread ($ 8) that we enjoyed for lunch. This tasty Jamaican staple is made with spicy ground beef with curry powder and chili peppers. Cameron covers the pancake with puff pastry before it is fried. Then he folds the galette into his deliciously soft handmade coconut bread.
Then we have the jerk barbecue pork ribs ($ 15) with oven-baked mac and cheese ($ 7) and curried shrimp sub with coconut rice ($ 18) for the braised oxtails. that we ordered.
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As the oxtails wedged in the kitchen, we were more than happy with the piping hot dishes that hit our table. The ribs were juicy and tender with a perfectly spicy jerk seasoning and a sticky barbecue sauce. The baked mac and cheese alone is worth a return visit. The curried shrimp were also on the menu. The coconut rice was wonderful dipped in the spicy curry sauce.
Lunch prices are reasonable for large portions (we had take out boxes). We were told the dinner prices are a bit higher but the portions are bigger. There’s a full bar with nods to Jamaican rums and, of course, Red Line beer is on offer.
“I’m looking for a bartender to make fun cocktails,” Cameron says. “I will also add other dishes to the menu. “
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Details: 930-3843, facebook.com/HighGradeFoods.
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Crave Real Burgers, 7465 N. Academy Blvd., closed for a few days in January to complete a renovation project. When they reopened, guests were greeted with a vibrant new mural, bright orange furnishings, a row of upscale community tables, and an updated menu.
“With the closure, we have decided to take some time to update the Colorado Springs store,” said Jeff Richard, chef and owner. “I’m really excited about the mural and the new furniture layout gives us more seating. “
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A few of the new menu items included the Texan burger made from a pound of beef topped with smoked brisket, coleslaw, jalapeño bottle caps (sliced fried peppers), and house barbecue sauce. “It’s really popular and we bring it back every now and then,” he said. “And we added the Drunken Apple Pie shake to the menu. It’s an ice cream shake with caramel, apple pie, and bourbon.
Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Details: 264-7919, tinyurl.com/wc99fj7k
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Grill lovers, this show is for you: Easy Does It BBQ.
Hosted by Dan MacDonald, owner of Colorado BBQ Outfitters, 5921 N. Academy Blvd., the 30-minute radio show airs on KPPF 1040 AM, 95.7 FM and 98.5 FM 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Find previous shows on the YouTube channel.
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The Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival at Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., will be held in two sessions each day: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on August 28 and 29. General prepaid admission is $ 35. Free for designated drivers. Live music, food trucks and gift vendors. Visit tinyurl.com/yjwwh5us.
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