When you’re craving some Jamaican spice look no further than Gainesville’s own Reggae Shack Cafe. Located a few blocks from historic downtown Gainesville, you’re sure to have your island needs satisfied. It opened in September 2003 serving up traditional and Jamaican inspired dishes. It’s nestled away at 619 West University Avenue and has been ranked one of the best places to eat in Gainesville by the Gainesville Sun in 2005.
The walls are adorned with tributes to famous Jamaican influences such as Bob Marley. Bright red, yellow and green accentuate the cozy restaurant giving off a warm and friendly atmosphere. Your greeted by a friendly wait staff, eager to introduce you to the island dishes they offer if you have the look of a first timer. The soulful music is sure to give of an authentic feel as you wait for your food. They recently celebrated their grand re-opening on August 6, 2009.
You’re sure to find something on there menu that catches your eye whether you are a frequent patron or just stopping by for the first time. As a newcomer, I advice you to try any one of there famous traditional Jamaican dishes. If you don’t have the time for a long lunch, I’d suggest the beef or chicken patty. It’s served up fresh and convenient to eat on the go. If you have a few minutes I’d look into trying their signature dish, oxtail, which is slowly cooked in a special blend of seasonings.
In addition to their expansion, the Cafe has also added new items to their menu such as sandwiches, Caribbean hot wings, callaloo and crab, and coconut strawberry as a new smoothie flavor.
So if you’re in town and would like to experience authentic Jamaican food coupled with culture and ambiance, then make sure to stop by Reggae Shack Cafe.
Price: $ – $$
Atmosphere: Authentic Carribean