Cocoa’s Authentic Caribbean Jerk Restaurant- Simply Delicious!
So, while moving back to the Queen City, my wife, her friend Penny and I were traveling back to our new place, we came across smoke billowing in the air and a delicious grilled scent. A U-turn later and we were in front of Cocoa’s Authentic Caribbean Jerk Restaurant.
Walking in we were greeted by the staff who immediately asked if it was our first time being there. They then brought samples of the Curried Chicken, Mild Jerk Chicken, the spicy Jerk Chicken and Brown-Stew Chicken. The three of us were surprised by the moist tender pieces of chicken that were marinated so perfectly. While my wife choose the mild version of the Jerk Chicken, I had to get the spicy Jerk (I love food with heat) Penny opted for the Sautéed Red Snapper. Sides were great as well, as plates came with Rice & Peas and a side of Cabbage. They were just making some more potato salad, due to it being a hit and many people ordering it, so instead of waiting for that, we ordered a side of Calaloo, which is Jamaican spinach with spices, onions, and peppers.
While waiting, the owner, Paula Brown shared with us her love of cooking, authentic Jamaican food and people coming together. This was evident as the family of one of her employees came from VA to check on them, and order bags of food and reminisced with Paula about family and the need for her and her husband Neville to open another location near the RDU area.
I found out later that these two have not only a deep rooted sense of family, but also in their Faith. When Neville Brown had a major stroke, “they did not expect for him to make it. He had the worse kind of stroke, he had the bleeding in his brain,” stated Paula. This experience, post their opening their first restaurant in Maryland, shows the strength of their faith and their love for each other…Neville gives credit to his recovery to the photo of him and his wife by the waterfall in Jamaica.
The Charlotte location at 6316-A Old Sugar Creek Road boasts the use of authentic seasonings and highest quality products to produce the delicious dishes that people come for. “When we fix our plates we don’t look at fixing a plates as a profit,” she said. “We just want to see people happy,” says Paula.
And we thank you both for the authentic tastes that makes all of us happy!
Mon-Thurs: 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat: 11 am- 11 pm
Sun: 12 pm – 7 pm