A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a new Jamaican restaurant on Williamson Road called Four Flavors Ja Merican. I thought it was the second Jamaican restaurant in Roanoke, assuming that Little Jamaica on Shenandoah Avenue is still open as of this writing. I was wrong!
It turns out there’s yet a third Jamaican restaurant in our fair city, Cliff’s Jammerican Restaurant, which is located at 1025 Orange Avenue between 10th and 11th Street. I went by there the other day and picked up a menu and talked to the owner’s son, Phil, who says they’ve been open about 8 months.
Phil’s dad, Clifford Folkes, was not in at that time. But his son told me his father is a native of Jamaica who moved to New York City more than 30 years ago. About 7 years ago, he moved his family to Roanoke.
Cliff’s Jammerican is a teeny tiny joint tacked on to the end of R Johns Laundromat across from Advance Auto. It is basically one room split in half by a counter, with an open kitchen on one end and a small dining area on the other. Actually, the dining area has one two-top and a large speaker blaring Jamiacan beats with a television propped on top.
The place was pretty much hopping for 3 p.m. in the afternoon, with folks coming in and out to pick up carryout food. It smelled really good and they had some big, well-worn pots on the stove.
This is Cliff’s menu:
Curry chicken, large, $7.50; small, $5.75
Brown stew chicken, large, $7.50; small, $5.75
Oxtail, large, $9.50; small, $7.50
Curry goat, large, $9.50; small, $7.50
Jerk chicken, large, $8.50; small, $6.50
Steamed fish (call in to order)
Hot dogs and french fries are also available
Have you tried Cliff’s Jammerican Restaurant? If so, what did you think?