Freddy J's BBQ is operating out of a tiny spot on Grant Street near the corner of Grant and Lafayette in the heart of the Westside of Buffalo.
The building was recently revamped from the inside out by owner and architect, Kathleen Kinan, and now includes extensive landscaping and a wrap-around patio.
The new space now allows for indoor seating as well as to go from the shuttered window. The place is whimsical and colorful and the smell of jerk floats through the air, drawing you in.
The tight but very well run kitchen, churns out dish after dish in record time. I enjoyed a quick lunch of jerked fish with steamed vegetables over a fluffy layer of Spanish rice and steaming hot cornbread.
I was shocked by the jerk!
Most restaurant created jerk I've had hits you in the face with it's heat, never with it's flavor. This was the best I have ever eaten. The heat still made my upper lip sweat but was not so powerful that I couldn't enjoy all of the subtle layering of flavors. The veggies were firm and earthy and the rice was excellent. I highly recommend taking the time to visit the little spot with a friend. It was a truly wonderful meal.