Mi' Irie Mon Caribbean Restaurant
We’ve seen a storm of Groupon offerings for Mi’ Irie Caribbean Restaurant and with their high approval rating on Urbanspoon.com our destiny led us to dig up the treasures within their menu.
When we visit a popular Lexington Restaurant on a Friday evening we except to see “all hands on deck” upon walking inside. But Mr’ Irie Mon Caribbean appeared to be abandoned. Don’t worry, with all the business’s and corporate call centers around, it’s as thick as thieves in there during lunch.
Again we see no fountain drinks here but pay-per-serving bottled/canned drinks. I’m sure that works perfect for the lunch crowd but I’d rather walk the plank before I keep doling out money for enough liquid to swallow my dinner. We opted for water.
You’re going to want some Johnny Cakes. They come with an entrée and are fresh, light and fluffy with a taste like a funnel cake or glazed donut. It’s a deep fried batter essentially. We found that natural honey was the perfect accompaniment to dip the Johnny Cake in.
For the entrée we chose the Jerk Chicken ($11.75) and it was really tasty. When we cut into it, we found it was moist to the bone and fresh. We were very satisfied with it. I could smell the fresh juicy, expertly roasted hen as soon as it made it to our table. If you like Jerk Chicken, you’ll like this one.
For the sides, the “Rasta Pasta” was spaghetti and spiral noodles with stir-fried zucchini, onion, red bell pepper and snow peas. It was seasoned perfectly and the onions had a wonderful caramelization and the whole thing was perfectly seasoned.
Another favorite side was the “Fried Plantains”. I’ve searched what seems like the Seven Seas to find the best Fried Plantains locally with the exception of Davy Jones’ Locker and we’ll put a big ol “x” on Mi’ Irie Mon because they are THE SPOT to go to for superb Fried Plantains.
With all this perfection coming to our table we were disappointed with the Nachos. Pass on the Nachos. These are SAMs Club white corn tortillas, in a small portion to boot. Served cold (not fresh and warm as you may be accustomed) they really cool down the toppings pretty quick. So after a few minutes you’re eating cold soggy nachos. The toppings were flavorful though. These folks know how to cook, but need to make a few corrections to bring out the best of what they have to offer. There is some misunderstanding of what is meant by ordering a Nacho Appetizer, since it arrived 10 minutes AFTER our entrée. Mi’ Irie Mon Caribbean Restaurant, send out the Nacho’s BEFORE the main course arrives! And talk to your food purveyor about a better Nacho that you can throw into the fryer before serving.
But with the stoic and hardworking lone cook in the kitchen, I could tell she “don’t be wantin no back chat, yuh hear!” We ate it all and was happy.When a hurricane of Caribbean hunger hits us again we’ll be more than happy to take refuge at Mi’ Irie Mon Caribbean Restaurant to have that blackened chicken again or discover another favorite food treasure.
Mi'Irie Mon Caribbean Restaurant
2473 Fortune Dr, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40509
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