Pimento Grill

Rating: ★★★★★

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Ackee and saltfish.

Pimento Grill is a Jamaican carryout located at the far Eastern edge of the District at 4405 Bowen Rd SE, just a block from the Maryland border. For many, Jamaican food is limited to beef patties and jerk chicken. This is understandable given the fact that it’s rare to find places that venture into some of Jamaica’s more complex culinary territory. For example, Ackee and Saltfish (cod) is the national dish of Jamaica, but it’s much harder to find in the US than jerk chicken. Ackee is a fruit that was originally indigenous to Ghana but was imported to Jamaica sometime in the 18th Century. It is a very interesting, savory food that looks almost like eggs when cooked. The fact that you can’t buy ackee in your average supermarket might well explain why most places don’t have it. Pimento Grill’s rendition of ackee and saltfish was absolutely delicious; my friend whose grandma is Jamaican told me it reminded him of her cooking. It was served over rice and beans with collard greens on the side. Other authentic dishes offered at Pimento Grill include ackee and callaloo (cod and stewed greens) as well as brown stew cow foot. Another friend ordered their jerk chicken and loved it and I sampled my friend’s curry goat which was flavorful and delicious. Pimento Grill is a busy, popular spot and it is a bit hard to reach so here’s how to best enjoy it:

 

  1. Go with a few friends and split and Uber to and from (it’s well worth the trip).
  2. Be prepared to wait a bit for your food (it’s well worth the wait).
  3. There are a handful of seats there but space is really tight so I suggest picking a nice warm evening and Ubering to somewhere nice for a picnic. We went to Yards Park at sat right on the water at a table. I felt like we were at Montego Bay and it was a beautiful al fresco dining experience with delicious food at a low price.

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