Kick off your shoes, slide on your sunglasses, and let your mind turn to island time, with a delicious Caribbean meal in Spartanburg.
[Updated May 2021]
In celebration of one of downtown Spartanburg’s newest restaurants, Kingston Homestyle Kitchen, opening their brick-and-mortar location, (late summer 2020,) we’re bringing you seven food trucks and restaurants that have all the saucy plates to fill your curry oxtail, plantain, and Jamaican jerk chicken cravings.
And they’re bringing the heat.
Shown above: Ackee and Saltfish, (a local fruit and dried and salted cod,) the National Dish of Jamaica, served at…
Kingston Homestyle Kitchen, 256 North Church St, Spartanburg
Possibly one of the most well-known food trucks in the Upstate, Kingston Homestyle Kitchen originally traveled daily from their home in Gaffney to several standing spots in Spartanburg.
After much online fame, (and recommendations in the Spartanburg Eats Facebook group,) Kingston Homestyle Kitchen now has a brand-new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Downtown Spartanburg, across from the Spartanburg Marriott.
Choose from 19 varieties of curried, jerk, and stewed chicken, goat, beef, oxtails, shrimp, and fish. And don’t forget the sides! Plantains, rice, peas, and cabbage are Jamaican standards.
God’s Favor Cafe/ Market, 876 East Main St, Spartanburg
God’s Favor Cafe offers African Caribbean and American fusion cuisine, such as jerk plates with cabbage and coconut rice, OR spicy and mild jerk wings.
Try West African dishes as well, such as Jollof Rice, a traditional dish made with mixed vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers.
What’s better than delicious dinner takeout? Shopping specialty goods, sauces, and frozen meals at God’s Favor’s Caribbean grocery! Find a new statement ingredient to feature in your cooking, or stock up on bulk dry goods, such as beans and rice.
Taste of Jamaica Caribbean Kitchen, 749 John B White Sr Blvd
This Caribbean restaurant’s owners and names may have changed hands a few times in the past, (any Jamaica Spice fans out there?) but the delicious food and outdoor location have stayed constant.
You can’t miss the colorful, Jamaican building and outdoor seating when driving down John B White Sr Blvd. Perfect for social distancing, order your food (served to-go) at their walk-up window, and choose to eat at their picnic tables or at home.
Just A Smile Entertainment, (Food Truck)
Try Caribbean and West Indies cuisine at Just A Smile, and you’ll be more than just smiling. Find their location for the day on Facebook, as they travel throughout the Upstate. This food truck is also available for event catering and DJ sound system rentals.
Natalie’s Kitchen, (Pre-Order Meals & Catering)
Chef Natalie is serving up all your wildest Caribbean and Soul Food fusion dreams, such as jerk chicken and steak kabobs, deep-fried whipped deviled eggs, honey fried chicken wings with Jamaican gravy, five-cheese baked mac-and-cheese, oxtail eggrolls,… to name a few. (We’ll stop, because we’re already drooling.)
Call Natalie at (864)301-1076 to order individual meals to pick up at 1111 W.O. Ezell Blvd. Or, email to inquire about larger orders, meal prep, and event catering: NataliesKitchen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie’s Kitchen is currently closed to future orders during COVID-19, through Summer 2021.
Tropical Grille, 2440 Reidville Rd, Spartanburg
Tropical Grille may be an Upstate fast food franchise, but their Spartanburg location still has plenty of flavor! If you’re looking for large portions of Cuban and Caribbean food, Tropical Grille is a delicious, convenient option. (Did someone say drive-thru??)
Customize your tropical rice bowls, wraps, sandwiches, and salads with your favorite meats, beans, sauces, and grilled veggies. The star menu item is the humble Yuca Fry– a starchy root vegetable, with more flavor and crisp than your traditional fry.
Rock Steady Caribbean & Soul Food, 1441 Union St, Spartanburg
As one of Spartanburg’s newest restaurants, opened in May 2021, Rock Steady has joined the growing grab-n-go number of eateries along Union Street. With everything from curry and jerk wings, to oxtail and salmon rolls, Chef Roxie’s menu is sure to offer something for everyone. In a deliciously convenient concept, the Caribbean restaurant is located beside Fresh Auto Spa Cafe, a hand-washed car service.