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Re: “D and D Island Grill JA

Me and my two boys ages 13 and 7 ate there today. And ...

With all due respect Zowee, you and your husband don't know WTF you are talking about.

Don't know how much "traveling" you and your husband have done, but I have been to Jamaica several times and lived in NYC, probably the most culturaly and gastronomically rich places in the world, for over a decade before moving to Tucson.

To address your criticism about price... I have an office in the general area and will frequently order a sandwich for delivery from Baggin's or do a pick up from Beyond Bread. My cost for full sandwich alone (and standard tip) without any sides is about $8 or $9. That is not too far off what I paid for the meal today. That is the minimum price you will pay for a decent lunch, Zowee. If you don't agree, I suggest McD's dollar menu. But I suspect you are already quite familiar with that.

As for the quantity of the food. Probably like most Americans, Zowee, you have no idea what an actual portion really is. And you're probably obese as a result. Me and my 13 year old son split a Jerk Chicken combo for lunch served with rice, a couple of fry breads and "Festival" which was a wonderful vinegar/sugar cole slaw like side and had enough for the two of us for dinner that night. Maybe you should consider a lap band if the meal is not filling enought for you. I can recommend a good surgeon if you'd like.

As for your criticism of the jerk sauce... Like our friends from Mexico with their mole, I'm sure there are lots of variations on the ingredients and flavors of a true Jamaican jerk sauce. Perhaps you should be open to expanding your definition of what jerk sauce is instead of criticizing the amazing flavors of D and D's Jerk Chicken.

Finally, as to the way the meats are served. In the rest of the world, Europe included, fine foods are served as naturally as possible, which includes being served on the bone. Sample fine Paella in Spain as I have done, and the mussles will still be in the shells, the shrimp will still be in their shells, and the chicken will be tender but on the bone. This is as it is at D and D's.

Zowee, you are unfortunately one of the Americans more used to the highly processed and infantilized baby food (some would say predigested) served in America today. Zowee, your problem is that you are used to chicken being served like chicken nuggets and your beef being served like a hamburger patty. That way, Zowee, you can maximize your volume of intake (which you are clearly partial to from your review) and minimize the attention you actually pay to the entire experience of eating (Again, have the name of a good bariatric surgeon if you need.)

Lastly, while the food was amazing, the atmosphere and service was priceless. While waiting for our Jamaican patties and jerk chicken and chatting with the owner, I mentioned that maybe someday I might be adventureous enought to try curried goat but could never imagine trying ox tail. Without a moments thought, he proceeded to cook up a sample of each. No charge, BTW. Wow! Gonna get curried goat next visit and discovered that ox tail pretty much tasted like the beef short ribs I cooked the weekend before.

Lesson learned. Keep an open mind.

Or not.

As for me, I'll be back this week for curried goat and the week after for ox tail for lunch.

Zowee, for the price point that apparently fits your wallet and the taste that fits your pallet, try Whataburger.

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Posted by Bandit2000 on 09/11/2010 at 11:59 PM

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