Newhousefood’s Blog

A Touch of Sun on the Southside

Posted on: November 20, 2008

On the of Southside Syracuse there is yet another hidden jewel. The Jerk Hut is also a non descript place with a little green awning, across the street from the Southwest Community Center.

Irvin “Bongo” Hanslip came to Syracuse from Jamaica about 30 years ago. He and his wife Judy run the restaurant out of what used to be their home.

It is a welcoming environment because Bongo is always there to greet his customers with a big smile. He loves serving the community as much as people love eating his food. But don’t just read my ranting and raving, the food speaks for itself. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

My heaping plate of food contained fried plaintains-soft and sweet with a touch of carmelization from the searing, sauteed cabbage, beans and rice and spicy jerk chicken. If you are a bit more sensitive to the spice, or the “jerk” in the chicken, you can ask for a more mild spice level. Either way the chicken is juicy and full of flavor. Also, you will have plenty of leftovers if you get a dinner plate.

This is comfort food at its best and is yet another example of something unique to add to your food rotation in Syracuse. Also I know many students do not visit Syracuse’s Southside community, but the Jerk Hut is a great example of the rich culture found there.


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