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This modern, clean fast food emporium in downtown Ocho Rios is actually one of 50 in Jamaica’s homegrown Juici chain (until recently called Juici-Beef), which since 1980 has been turning out some of Jamaica’s best patties—sort of like a Jamaican Hot Pocket, only way better.

The tender, flaky pastry dough is folded over a thin but tasty filling—traditionally minced beef and onions in a slightly spicy curry gravy or curried chicken and potato, but there are also fillings of cheesy beef, vegetable, soy, and others. Many Jamaicans carbo-load their patties by sandwiching them into a split coco bread roll—not a bad idea, considering how scalding hot the patties are to hold.

They also do breakfasts, soups, and meatloafs. There’s another location at 61 Main Street  (tel. 876/974-3460).