Everton Cameron, owner of High Grade Foods, has been running his hugely successful food truck since 2013 when there were only a few mobile food companies roaming around town. On May 28th, he opened a restaurant with seating at 1020 S. Tejon St., but not without major delays.
“Yeah, it took about three and a half years,” he said. “There were construction delays and then the pandemic.”
The good news is that it is open and serves some of the tastiest Jamaican dishes we’ve been immersed in for a while. Cameron’s culinary talent, honed in upscale Jamaican hotels and resorts, shines in his new restaurant. For example, the Jamaican beef patty with coconut bread ($ 8) that we enjoyed for lunch. This tasty Jamaican staple is made from ground beef flavored with curry powder and chillies. Cameron covers the patty with a puff pastry before deep-frying it. Then he folds the patty into his handmade, deliciously soft coconut bread.
Next up, we have the Jerk Barbecue Pork Ribs ($ 15) with Baked Mac and Cheese ($ 7) and Sub Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice ($ 18) for the braised oxtails we ordered.
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While the oxtails got stuck in the kitchen, we were more than happy with the piping hot food that came on our table. The ribs were juicy and tender with a perfectly flavorful jerk seasoning and sticky barbecue sauce. The baked mac and cheese alone is worth visiting again. The curry prawns were spot on too. The coconut rice was wonderfully soaked in the spicy curry sauce.
Lunch prices are reasonable for the large portions (we brought to-go boxes). We were told that the dinner prices are a little 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 who can make fun cocktails,” says Cameron. “I will also add other dishes to the menu.”
The opening times are Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: 930-3843, facebook.com/HighGradeFoods.
Stunning new mural at Crave Real Burgers.
Crave Real Burgers, 7465 N. Academy Blvd., was closed for a few days in January to complete a remodeling project. When it reopened, guests were greeted with a new vibrant mural, bright orange furniture, a row of tall communal tables, and an updated menu.
“Given the closure, we decided to take some time to update the Colorado Springs store,” said Jeff Richard, head chef and owner. “I’m really excited about the mural and the new arrangement of the furniture gives us more seating.”
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New menu items included the pound beef Texas burger with a smoked brisket, coleslaw, jalapeño bottle caps (fried pepper slices), and homemade barbecue sauce. “It’s very popular and we bring it back from time to time,” he said. “And we’ve added Drunken Apple Pie Shake to the menu. It’s an ice shake with caramel, apple pie and bourbon. “
The opening times are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details: 264-7919, tinyurl.com/wc99fj7k
Dan MacDonald, owner of Colorado BBQ Outfitters, hosts the new radio show Easy Does it BBQ.
New radio broadcast
Grill fans, this show is for you: Easy Does It BBQ.
The 30-minute radio show is hosted by Dan MacDonald, owner of Colorado BBQ Outfitters, 5921 N. Academy Blvd., and airs Saturdays on KPPF 1040 AM, 95.7 FM and 98.5 FM at 1:00 PM. Find previous shows on the YouTube channel.
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Drinking wine in the park
The Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival at Memorial Park, Manitou Ave. 502, takes place daily in two sessions: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 28 and 29. Prepaid general admission is $ 35. Free for designated drivers. Live music, food trucks and gift items. visit tinyurl.com/yjwwh5us.
Contact the author: 636-0271.
Contact the author: 636-0271.