Favorite

Chicken rules roost at Jerky's 

Jamaican spices, American menu.

In many fine-dining restaurants, chicken often plays second fiddle; it's usually outshone by an expensive cut of beef, an imported fish, or the mighty lobster. We're just as guilty as most diners in our tendency to brush off chicken dishes at such locations. Anthony Bourdain once wrote, "Chicken is boring ... chefs see it as a menu item for people who don't know what they want to eat."

But in the right hands, and when given the proper attention, chicken takes on a more dignified role. And so it is at a cozy little chicken shack just south of downtown called Jerky's Spicy Chicken and More.

As advertised, Jerky's specializes in jerk-rubbed chicken and features it in a number of settings on its menu. We started with the chicken and ribs combo plate ($13.99). The chicken is seasoned with a proprietary blend of spices that gives the chicken a wonderful herbaceous and spicy flavor. Then it's smoked over hickory. The white meat chicken we sampled was tender, juicy and easily sliced through with the edge of a fork. Our meal came with a few slices of bread, and we proceeded to stuff a few forkfuls of jerk chicken between the slices, creating wonderful makeshift sandwiches (you can also order the chicken chopped on a sandwich if you prefer to take the easy route). It was clear to us why the smoked jerk chicken is the star of this establishment.

The accompanying pork ribs were fair but had a texture issue. These were smoked a little too quickly and tended to be a bit tough and chewy, requiring a tad too much force to rip from the bone. But they were, at least, juicy with a decent flavor, being seasoned with that same house jerk seasoning. We were quite pleased with the provided barbecue sauce, however. This was a thin, vinegar-based concoction, which added a nice, slightly sweet and tangy note to the spicy chicken and ribs. We would have gladly taken a bottle home for later.

The jerk fried chicken plate ($6.99) was less successful than its regular smoked variety. The bird was given an excessively thick and chunky coating that was reminiscent of a boxed stovetop stuffing mixture. The underlying meat was good, but we preferred it without the crust.

Jerky's also offers a few basic burger options, but you can also grab a "jerk burger" ($5.25) that comes seasoned and spiced in that same aforementioned jerk seasoning. We did get a nibble of the turkey burger ($6.25) and found it reasonably tasty if uninspiring. Turkey burgers, again, may be ordered "jerked," if you please, and we slightly regret not going this route with our sandwich choice.

Our meals were accompanied by a number of side dishes, all of them passable but none that deserve particular mention here. We did enjoy the spicy paprika-flavored fries, even if they were clearly of the bagged and frozen variety. We were pleased to end the meal with the bourbon glazed bread pudding off the dessert menu. It was sweet, creamy and laced with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Jerky's features both a sit-down dining room for those wanting to take their time at lunch and a take-out window for those on the run. And while our experience was rather hit or miss overall, we'll likely be back to Jerky's to nab a quick chopped jerk chicken sandwich.

Jerky's Spicy Chicken and More

2501 S. Arch St.

246-3096

QUICK BITE

Jerky's bills itself as Little Rock's first and only "Jamerican" joint. So expect to find exactly that — a smattering of Jamaican spices spread across commonly found American foods. Burgers, fries and chicken all get a spicy upgrade here. The portions are sizable and the prices are generally low, which makes it an excellent spot for a quick lunch any day of the week.

HOURS

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Other info

Beer, credit cards accepted.

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.

Latest in Dining Review

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Event Calendar

« »

December

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Most Viewed

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation