Cross Roads Food Jaunt
Cross Roads is the heartbeat of Kingston and the intersection of everything Jamaican. From street vendors hawking personal care items to dresses, sidewalk stalls where you can purchase smoothies, belts and DVDs, to under-the-radar lunch spots, Cross Roads has it all. Thursday Food decided to do a lunchtime food jaunt throughout the area to uncover popular bargain lunch spots and finally try out that place which we regularly pass on our way to the office.
14 Half-Way-Tree Road
WellSpring is an all-natural vegan restaurant that also sells juices and smoothies. Through the unassuming door lies a well laid-out restaurant with patient and friendly staff. Not knowing where to begin, Thursday Food asked for recommendations of best sellers and staff favourites. We chose a small serving of Forever Beans — a vegan red bean chilli-like stew and a 12oz Vege Mix juice. The red beans were toothsome and full of flavour. Kinda surprising as only fresh herbs, onions, garlic and peppers were used as seasonings. The carrot and pumpkin added a certain earthiness to the stew that paired well with the boiled ground provisions served alongside it. The small lunch was $500 and the portion was more than enough. The 12oz juice was also $500 and due to it being nutrient-rich and fibrous could be had on its own as a light meal. Together they created a vegan heaven that seemingly aligned chakras and centred our being. Namaste.
Flava Pot Restaurant & Catering
77 1/2 Slipe Road
Located beside Everybody's Pharmacy, Flava Pot is a traditional cookshop that focuses on mainly one thing — value for money. Lunches start at $300 and trust us when we say that a small lunch can keep you satiated. However, doing out journalistic duty, Thursday Food opted for an off-the-menu mixed lunch of curry goat and fried chicken. The chicken was crispy and the goat was rich with curry flavour. There was a lot of rice, a lot. So much that we couldn't finish it. The cucumber salad was a refreshing and a surprising inclusion than the expected tossed salad. Good value and personable service get Flava Pot our nod of approval.
GeeWee Restaurant & Sports Bar
10A Caledonia Avenue
You've probably driven by a number of times meaning to pull in. And, If you've thought “Hmm, I should check out that food spot,” you should. The food at GeeWee is very delicious. Very, very delicious. No wonder during the time it took Thursday Food to get its take-out order (less than five minutes) a number of tables were quickly occupied by hungry office workers. We heeded the siren call of the pork chops and curry goat. They did not disappoint. On the pricier side for a boxed lunch (the pork was $750 and the goat was $850), the meal was filling and worth the money. Side note: the sautéed vegetables were plentiful, al dente and rounded out the hearty lunches. If you have to detail your car and are hungry, kill two birds with one stone and head to GeeWee.
104 Slipe Road
Whether you want dessert or just a good ole toto and box of milk for lunch, Everybody's Bakery has you covered. It was hard to choose just one sweet treat, and being well-priced at $120 each, we decided to bring a few back to the office to share. The toto, coconut creme cake and rock cake were sweet and moreish. Truth be told, we opened the one of those in the car and it didn't survive the short ride to Beechwood Avenue. Sorry, co-workers. The $200 slice of bread pudding was thick and dense. Yes, it's made with white rum. Delish! Everybody's Bakery also sells hot Tastee patties and fresh loaves of bread.
Speaking of patties...
25A Half-Way-Tree Road
Thursday Food would be remiss if we did not mention the staples of many a weekday lunch — Mother's and Tastee. We all have our favourites and with long opening hours, it's no surprise why both of these institutions are go-to lunch spots for many across the island.