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Those brand new area rugs and that spiffy dining room paint job might look great, but all customers will remember about your restaurant is the food. Unfortunately, if you design a lackluster menu, your guests might not be tempted to try some of your best dishes. In my twenty years in the restaurant business, I have made some mistakes and had more than a few successes. I want to share the things with you that really work, so that you can enjoy your early days as a restaurant owner. Operating a restaurant is hard, but by heeding the right advice, you can enjoy the journey.


What Side Dishes Are Popular In Jamaica?

When you think of Jamaican cuisine, you probably imagine entree dishes like jerk chicken and ackee with codfish. Indeed, these entrees are a big part of the cuisine, but like any cuisine, Jamaican cuisine also incorporates plenty of side dishes. Here's a look at some of the most common side dishes enjoyed in Jamaica.

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Many cultures have their own version of rice and peas, but the version served in Jamaica is quite unique. Rather than using actual peas, they use a type of bean similar to a kidney bean. These beans are simply known as peas in Jamaica. Rice and peas are generally seasoned with garlic, thyme, and Scotch bonnet pepper. They usually have some spice, but they're not overly hot. The dish is made on the stovetop and stores well in the fridge, so you could make a batch on the weekend and enjoy it alongside multiple entrees during the week.

Vegetable Rundown

In Jamaica, "rundown" refers to a sort of quick, stovetop stew. You'll see rundown made with meat and served as entrees, but you will also see vegetable rundowns served as side dishes. A traditional vegetable rundown is made with carrots, zucchini, broccoli, beans, and tomatoes, but you can really use any in-season veggies. After the veggies are cooked, the cook pours coconut milk into the pan to deglaze it. The veggies are then simmered in the coconut milk to create a creamy stew.


A bammy is basically a flatbread. It's crispy and crunchy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. Jamaicans make bammy in round cast iron skillets, which makes them look similar to big pancakes. They can be served as a side dish with any soup or stew, and you can use the bammy to soak up juices or broth.

Jamaican Cornbread

Jamaican cornbread is a bit different from cornbread made in the American South, but it's delicious in its own way. The Jamaican version is generally sweet. Recipes tend to call for plenty of sugar, along with creamed corn, which adds extra sweetness. The bread can be served alongside a salad for a quick and easy lunch.

Whether you visit Jamaica or just a Jamaican restaurant, don't be surprised if you see these side dishes. They are all quite common, and for good reason. Give one or more of them a try, and prepare to be delighted.

Contact a restaurant like MoBay Grill if you would like to know more.