Roots Gurl Jamaican Restaurant Opens in Bethlehem

by theelvee_w2oe3m

Roots Gurl, a Jamaican cuisine restaurant, opened recently at 401 E 4th Street in Bethlehem.  The restaurant, run by Easton-based chef Tanisha Anderson, serves up traditional Jamaican fare like curried goat, jerk chicken, oxtail, ackee and saltfish, callaloo, cod, rice & peas, escoveitch, and cow foot.   Even some of the drinks are traditional, including carrot juice, Irish moss, and sorrel.  Anderson says she learned to cook from her mother, who owns a restaurant in New Jersey. 

We were generously served up a complimentary sampling platter when we stopped in to check the place out which included some of the spiciest, most awesome jerk chicken we’ve encountered in the Lehigh Valley.  The rice, veggie roti, steamed cabbage, and curried chicken were all solid as well.  The restaurant features a long bar area (no booze) as well as dining room seats.  Entrees are in the $10-$12 range.

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PennState July 1, 2012 - 4:21 pm

What was this place previously? Is a liquor license in the works?

The El Vee July 3, 2012 - 10:52 am

It was something called Carvalhence…I believe a restaurant but not entirely sure. It seemed that she was contemplating a liquor license at some point but has now decided to just do BYOB instead.

PennState July 4, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Love the blog, very informative.

Benny August 14, 2012 - 8:23 pm

I happen to eat Jerk Chicken at Roots restaurant and I felt like I was food from Jamaica it self. The Owner, I believe her name was Anisha was very pleasant and friendly person. I have been there several times now and been letting people know about her place. You would enjoy the food trust me. P.S you have to try the Snapper Fish on point….


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