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Try authentic jerk chicken and more Caribbean specialties at AJ Jamaican

If Emma Sapong says that AJ Jamaican Kitchen is the real deal, that settles it for me.

In today's Cheap Eats review, she shares her exploration of the mostly takeout joint at 209 Massachusetts Ave. (563-4140).

"Before finding AJ Jamaican Kitchen on Massachusetts Avenue, only the Jerk Pit in Montego Bay, Steve and Sons Bakery and Restaurant in Brooklyn and the dinner table of my friends Vinnette and Keisha would do.

But after my first taste of AJ’s brown stew chicken — tender, flavorful chopped quarters immersed in a rich stew with chunks of potatoes and carrots, served over a bed of rice and peas — I knew I’d no longer have to travel far to satisfy my craving for Jamaican fare."

If that makes you hungry, beware - chef-owner Aaron Palmer closes the place at 5 p.m. Friday and doesn't reopen until Tuesday at noon.

- Andrew Z. Galarneau

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