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Friday
Jul082011

Friday Foodporn: Christie's Jamaican Patties

 

Ask the folks behind the counter what Christie's last name is, and you'll be hard pressed to get an answer. That's irrelevant, though: the mysterious Christie, who opened her Jamaican bakery over 40 years ago and then moved it across the street in 2006 (to its current address, on Flatbush Avenue near Sterling Place), was a master of Jamaican cuisine, and has created a hidden neighborhood gem.

Traditional favorites like jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and curried goat are always available in the tiny restaurant, but the real draw here are the patties, which come in three varieties: beef, chicken, and vegetable. All three are handmade, always hot out of the oven, and extremely craveable. The beef and chicken patties' crust is made with a heavy dose of suet, which gives it a shatteringly flaky texture; the cabbage-heavy vegetable version comes with a more traditional pastry crust. All three are agressively seasoned with allspice and other traditional Jamaican seasonings.

If your only impression of Jamaican patties has been from the Golden Krust chain, do yourself a favor and drop by Christie's. Order a pie for $2.25, get the counterman to sandwich it inside some fresh baked coco bread, and head up to the park for an inexpensive lunch that you know is made with love.

Christie's Jamaican Patties, 387 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn NY 11238. Phone: 718-636-9746.

Reader Comments (2)

That place is a pit stop for the double decker tour buses that clog up Flatbush Ave.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChicken Underwear

I think the patties at Little Miss Muffin N Her Stuffin are better. Park Place off Flatbush - not far away. The women running the place are really nice, & the patties are great!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronemorefoldedsunset

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