May 24, 2010

Cha Cha Chicken

pictured (top): Jerk Chicken Enchiladas w/ spicy Cuban fries and dirty rice; (bottom): Jerk Chicken Tostada w/ plantains

Take a small vibrantly-colored shack with a secret garden-esque patio + deliciously flavorful food + a BYOB system in the midst of local beach culture, and what do you get? Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I've had the honor of introducing many of my friends to this corner joint on multiple occasions, each visit resulting in a satisfying, food-coma inducing experience (good thing). Plus, there's something about the eclectic atmosphere with the soft winds and music playing in the background that sends me off on my very own Caribbean get-away (not that I would know what that really feels like, but work with me).

With all corniness aside, I highly recommend almost everything on the menu, but you can't go wrong with the Cha Cha Chicken (if you like heat, go wild with the hot), and the Jerk Chicken Enchiladas. The Spicy Jerked Wings are also a hit, as are the Jerk Chicken Tostadas, and the Ropa Vieja, the Jerk Peppered Shrimp and... well, you get the point.

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cuisine: Caribbean/ Jamaican-me-crazay
location: Santa Monica, CA
website: { cha cha }
good for: L, D
cost: $7-15