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Sheryl's Caribbean Cuisine

Sheryl's Caribbean Cuisine, formerly Judy's Island Grill, is just one of the many spots along Eglinton West where you can find good Caribbean food. Classic dishes are made fresh every morning and fill the hot plate while other pasta and seafood options are also on the menu. 

The takeout spot, which tends to draw lineups of hungry construction workers at lunchtime, features the rasta colours of red, gold and green on the walls and comes with just a few small tables. 

judys island grill torontoIt's the fourth location of a Caribbean chain that's been around since 2007. Three others are found throughout the States in Baltimore, Glen Burnie, a suburb of Baltimore, and Powder Springs in Georgia. 

It's a family-run establishment with Sheryl Bryan running the Toronto operation while her sister Judy keeps busy with the other locations. 

judys island grill torontoRight around noon every day, piping hot dishes of freshly made stews and chickens are brought out to fill the hot plate that'll continually be refilled right through to dinner. 

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When it comes to poultry options, jerk, curry, brown stew, barbecue and Island fried chicken, are all on the table. The crispy and well-breaded fried chicken tends to attract the eye coming with a light dusting of red spices for even more flavour. 

judys island grill torontoA bit of tripe gravy will complete the meal that comes with two sides of either rice and peas, white rice, coleslaw and macaroni or green salad ($13.28). 

judys island grill torontoCurry chicken (or goat) is another popular option. The creamy yellow curry is once again well balanced with seasonings and flavours and comes with your choice of sides. 

judys island grill torontoAnd of course, no Caribbean hot plate would be complete without a tender (to the point of falling off the bone) oxtail ($18). Here, each piece of meat has a very decent ratio of bone to meat, so you really feel like you're getting your money's worth. 

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There is also a selection of pasta and seafood options that can be ordered off the menu to be made extra fresh. The jerk pasta in alfredo sauce is one of Bryan's specialties. 

judys island grill torontoGet it with jerk chicken or shrimp ($20); either way, expect plenty of added parmesan on top to complement the already ultra-creamy noodles. 

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Kept in the fridge is a selection of homemade fresh fruit juices to choose from. I'm told the Island Blast ($6), which is like a tropical fruit punch made with a mix of fruits, doesn't stay on the shelf very long. 

judys island grill torontoMango lemonade is another top-seller providing another refreshing option for the hottest of days. 

Sheryl's Caribbean Cuisine makes it even easier to get your hands on tasty Caribbean food in Oakwood Village joining other neighbourhood go-to's like Rap's and Carib 21

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