My relationship with Jamaican D’s began back in 2010, when I worked on the Community College of Philadelphia campus and one of their trucks was parked right outside the building I worked in. I captured my thoughts on this food truck on my yelp page, in this harrowing account about some chicken wings I tried:
“It took me awhile to get to Jamaican D’s because I am a spice wuss and I feared it. But this is one of the best trucks near CCP and if there isn’t a huge line and I have a hankering for some filling food, I’ll brave it out. The people that work there are super nice and sometimes if you wait a long time they will give you extra plantains or whatever other side dish.
Options that work for me are the Fried Whiting fish, Brown Stew Chicken, and BBQ chicken wings. They have platters where you can get sides too for just a couple dollars extra. I love the plantains, sweet potatoes, cornbread, rice and beans, and mac & cheese.
Today I got the BBQ chicken wings, which are usually just a tad spicy but today there must have been some rogue peppers that jumped onto my chicken. One of them decided to get stuck in the back of my throat and clung on for dear life. I grabbed for my water and sent it flying across my desk in desperation. After throwing a wad of napkins onto the new lake forming on my desk, I proceeded to glug down the remainder of the bottle trying to get the pepper unstuck from the back of my mouth. Finally after drinking two bottles of water, sweet relief washed it down.
I say this only to let those like me to beware the chicken. Sometimes you may get burned! However, the rest of the platter was much less painful to consume. If you like spices, they now sell their famous jerk sauce in bottles! Scotch bonnet peppers galore!
Also, the take credit cards, which puts them above all other food trucks that reside on the perimeter of CCP.”
Now… this was many years ago and I have since evolved in my spice tolerance, but here are some of the photos I took from those visits to Jamaican D’s:
I was reluctant to visit the Temple Jamaican D’s since the prices seemed a bit steep when compared to other choices on campus. However, one day I finally did and I learned why. The “medium” sized platter was enough for 2-3 meals! You can share with a friend or have leftovers for another day! Check out the size of this portion of BBQ wings, sweet potatoes, and mac & cheese! All of this for $11. It was super tasty and the wings alone made me feel totally full.
On my next visit, I opted for the “small” platter with the Sweet & Spicy chicken. This was much more manageable but still huge.
The food was excellent, spicy (more spicy than the 2010 me would have preferred) and full of flavor. The sweet & spicy chicken had more breading and larger pieces, and the BBQ wings were super tangy and vinegary.
Location: On Montgomery Street near Broad St; second location on 17th Street below Spring Garden
Pay: Cash or Credit
Cuisine: Jamaican, Soul Food
What I tried: Fried whiting fish with sweet potatoes, brown stew chicken over rice with plantains, BBQ wings, sweet & spicy chicken with mac & cheese and sweet potatoes
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