Bronx’s own Jamaican restaurant Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill made its way to Houston opening TWO locations in the last few weeks! They hosted a grand opening with much fanfare a few weekends ago.  I was feeling a bit anti-social so I skipped the big party and decided to swing by on a quiet Saturday to try out Golden Krust!  In short, I enjoyed it but keep reading for the full experience !

The Setup

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I visited the Westheimer location which is in a busy shopping center near a Home Depot and Pet’s Mart.  I expect it do well considering the location.  As far as setup, Golden Krust is a pretty casual spot.  Similar to a Chipotle, guests come in and order from a cafeteria style counter.  As someone who is not well versed in Jamaican cuisine, I liked the ability to see what I was ordering!  For the bakery part, a simple shelf sat near the cash register allowing guests to casually pick up baked goods.  There are a  few tables inside for dining, but this feels more like a grab and go affair which is exactly what I did.

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The baked items!

The Food

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Stewed chicken!

Now for the fun part! The food!  Like I said above, I am vaguely familiar with Jamaican cuisine so I entered Golden Krust ready to try it all.  The stewed chicken caught my eye from the buffet, so I ordered that with rice.  It also comes with plantains and cabbage. This chicken was so flavorful and tender! They even pour a bit of the gravy on your rice.  So good!  I ate every bit of that. I obviously had to get a meat patty as well.  I am scary so I went for the mild version, but I think I will go for spicy on my next visit as I imagine it has more flavor than the mild version. I enjoyed the doughy bread with the patty and the meat has a good flavor too.

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A close up on that rice and gravy. Delicious.

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Plantains

I also grabbed the last little bit of mac and cheese, which I will not lie was not that good.  It was pretty dry and likely had been out for awhile.  Despite, the disappointment I would probably order it again as long as it looks like a fresh batch.  All and all though I really did I enjoy my meal!

The Takeaway

I like to keep a list of restaurants that offer different cuisines for when I feel like something other than standard far like chicken, pizza or a burger.  Golden Krust definitely brings something different and does many of the items really well.  I say add Golden Krust to your list of quick and reasonably priced lunch/dinner spots!