Curried goat. Chicken stew. Peas and rice. These were a few of the delectable dishes we devoured during a recent lunch at the new branch of G & G Caribbean Restaurant, which has been open since early April at 745 Apalachee Pkwy., in the former home of Wharf Casual Seafood.
The casual setting is elevated by its flavorful island cuisine and aromas wafting out of the kitchen. The menu features favorites like jerked chicken, oxtails and curries and mac ‘n cheese.
My husband had the goat, which was tender and flavorful, with a kick but not overwhelming heat.
I had the milder stewed chicken with brown gravy. It was a Caribbean comfort classic.
Our dishes came with homey steamed cabbage and we ordered sides of yellow rice and rice with peas as well as fried “dumplins,” made with cornmeal and flour. The dumplins reminded me of a fatter version of hush puppies with a hint of sweetness.
Leslie Gallimore, daughter of Jamaican-born owner Vincent Gallimore, said the restaurant has attracted longtime fans as well as customers who are trying Jamaican food for the first time.
Other main dishes include curried shrimp and curried, stewed, jerk and fried chicken. Main entrees are available in small and larger portions ranging from $8.30 to $15.75. Sides range from $2.25 to $3.25, with dumplins at 75 cents each.
G&G also serves ackee, callaloo or butterbeans with saltfish for breakfast.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 850-727-4065.
The original location is at 2039 W. Pensacola St. ; 850-222-9157.
Thanks to Danny Aller for passing along info about the new G&G.