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“Come for the food! Stay for the view...”
Review of Scotchies at Columbus Park - CLOSED

Scotchies at Columbus Park
Price range: $8 - $18
Cuisines: Jamaican
Description: "More than just a meal"
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Description: "More than just a meal"
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place is a bit tricky to get to unless you have a local friend or tour guide. We found it by chance using a rental car and returned a few days later when driving back towards Mobay. The view was great - but then again, so were most seaside restaurants here. You'll hit it as you head east to Ocho Rios from Mobay - just be on the lookout for Discovery Bay. You can miss it if you are not paying attention. It's definitely a place to pre-program into your GPS, cell phone, or mark on your map.

When you walk in, you'll think you're at a resort - a beautiful deck, nice bar (see pics), and turquoise water. It's seriously good enough to consider spending a couple hours here, sipping drinks at the bar, eating the food, and chatting with your friends. Finally, a place that didn't ridiculously gauge you, and that offers a more authentic experience. Prices were well advertised, portions great, food great.

The only things preventing a perfect 5 was that we had to go up to grab the waitresses attention a few times, they didn't have a couple menu items, and on one order of pork, the meat was a tad on the fatty side, but these were very minor inconveniences - I just bring them up so you don't go there and expect absolute perfection. This is basically an eatery after all.

Recommendation: if you're in a small party, grab 1/4 portions so you can sample as much as possible. The chicken and pork are a must - as is festival and bammy if you haven't tried them. The pork sausage was another favorite. This was not only one of the best meals I had in Jamaica, for sure, but more importantly one of the best meal experiences.

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2  Thank bearanddragonNevada
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Wonderful jerked chicken and pork. The pork was actually even better than the chicken. Well worth the trip from the resort. We would have given them a five-star, but the portions were a little bit small. We had to order seconds, which wasn't too bad as they were great too.

Thank Mark-Rachel M
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Our tour guide took us here on out way back to Trelawny from a day at the Green Grotto, Dunn's Falls and Fern Gully. It was the best jerk chicken we had while in Jamaica. Very laid back, and pretty open eating. You could see the food being cooked on logs and covered with barn steel. Their hot sauce was extremely hot, but I loved it. I also tried festival, which is like a corn dog without the corn dog and ten times better. I will for sure come here again when we visit Jamaica again! Three of us ate for $22.00 US, one of us had a half chicken and the two each had a fourth, included drinks and sides.

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Thank LoreHacker
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Our tour guide brought us here and it was clearly a favorite with the locals. We had a whole jerk chicken, rice, 2 Red Stripes and 2 sodas for $27.00. The food was hot and tasty. Bathrooms were clean and we enjoyed eating outdoors under a shady palapa. Don't leave Jamaica without giving it a try.

Thank David R
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The best jerk....we ordered the chicken, pork, rice &peas and special sauce(hot). The best food. The place has little huts with a few tables in each one in a garden type setting.
Go have some jerk with good prices.

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Thank scalla
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