Its delicate crust is flaky and golden, its ground beef punctuated with kicks of Scotch bonnet, black pepper, onion and garlic. While it may not yet have achieved the popularity of the taco or the pizza, the Jamaican beef patty is expanding its reach.
It has made its way out of Jamaican kitchens and bakeries, to immigrant enclaves and bodegas, and into major retailers like Walmart and Costco. The New York City school system served more than three million during the 2016 fiscal year.
In Lawrence, Kan., Jamaican beef patties are on the menu at Lucia Beer Garden & Grill. They are particularly popular among the city’s college students, said the owner, Mike Logan, attributing some of its success to convenience. “You can hold it in one hand,” he said. On Friday and Saturday nights, customers can even buy them through a walk-up window. Read more>