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“Prepare yourself: Spicy and Perfect” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kelly's Jamaican

Kelly's Jamaican
1583 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA
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Ranked #21 of 342 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: Jamaican
Description: One of the best restaurants in Athens Classic. I was surprised to see it was not listed.
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Description: One of the best restaurants in Athens Classic. I was surprised to see it was not listed.
Atlanta, Georgia
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112 restaurant reviews
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
“Prepare yourself: Spicy and Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I have been going to Kelly's for years now, and I fell in love with it. I love spicy, but as a previous reviewer said, prepare your stomach. Spicy is indeed spicy!! Spicy in the sense that you are sweating when you eat, but if you appreciate that feeling, go spicy or go home. To have a good balance, I usually get BBQ meat and spicy cabbage. You may not pinpoint cabbage as what you desire, however, I got it the first time I went, and I have never NOT ordered it. Its perfect and delicious and I crave it often. Their jerk meat is phenomenal too, but spicy cabbage and jerk chicken could lead you to drink 5 cups of their sweet tea, which comes with the meal, and it is the perfect quencher. The slice of corn bread is the perfect juice soaker-upper and the perfect end to the meal (if you eat it when I do). But for logistics, its about 8 dollars for a meat and 2 sides. They have fish, a veggie plate, and on Friday's an authentic ox tail. Sides include spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and beans, mac and cheese, plantains, green beans, collards. You get a slice of corn bread and a glass of ice tea with the price. Don't get sucked into your average American food, you gotta try Kelly's. If you're lucky, Kelly will be there to say whats up.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Salt Lake City, Utah
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Jah man, it is tasty but not light on ye stomach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Recent trip to Kelly's was my first, walked away happy, full, and feeling a bit groggy.

Not a huge variety of items on the menu, but the chicken and the pork were both well done and melted in my mouth. The plantain sides were quite good as well, as was the rice. A hearty helping and it is not advised to take your whole meal in during one sitting...leftovers are our friends!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Athens, Georgia
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“JAMAICA AT ITS BEST!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I have been knowing Kelly and have been going to his restaurant for about four years now. The first time that I've been to Kelly's was when his restaurant was on Milledge Ave. in Athens, GA. Now he has two locations in Athens, GA. One on Epps Bridge Pkwy. and the other location on Lumpkin St. I wish Kelly the best in all his enddeavors and to keep serving that great tasting Jamaican food.

Visited October 2012
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Georgia
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“WAY yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This food is really good. There are warnings about the food being spicy, but I'm not a super spicy person and I was not overwhelmed. Plus there are options that are not that spicy. You get tons of food for the price. The sides are well cooked and super yummy. Cornbread yum. Sweet tea super sweet, which off-sets the spice. Watch out for chicken bones, cause they use some interesting cuts of chicken which leaves bones floating in strange places.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta,GA
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food! Kelly's is such awesome food! The chicken is incredible as well as the sides. Their spices are perfect! That cornbread is just amazing too. Love this place!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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