Auntie Rita’s Jamaican Cuisine
Written by Kristiana Streuber on September 19, 2018
Auntie Rita’s Jamaican Cuisine is a new, local, and family owned restaurant in Salina located at the corner of Santa Fe and Jewell Avenue. Auntie Rita’s recently opened in July. It specializes in authentic Jamaican cuisine that tastes like it came right out of your aunts’ kitchen. This family owned restaurant is operated in a way that makes you feel right at home.
Their menu offers a wide variety of traditional Jamaican dishes including: jerk and curried chicken, oxtail, fried plantains, rice and peas, and many other options. The menu truly has something for everyone, including vegetarian options. This restaurant makes you want to step out of your comfort zone with their unique options such as, goat curry. They also offer traditional Jamaican drinks, like Ting, which is a must when eating here.
The restaurant is very small, offering only one table to sit at, so plan on taking your food to go. One of the first things I noticed, was the smell that made my mouth water as soon as I walked in the door. The smell was a unique smell, that not only made me hungry immediately, but also made me feel at home. Auntie Rita’s gives huge portions at a very low price. This is great when living on that college-student-budget and is a total bang for your buck. I ate here during their lunch special, which is the time I would recommend going. During this special, they choose certain items on their menu and set them at a lower price while also including a drink. Everything is made to order there, so it will take a few minuets to get your food, but it’s TOTALLY worth it.
I ordered the curried chicken, which came with: three pieces of chicken, a large helping of rice and peas, vegetables, and a homemade lemonade. The curry had a little bit of a kick to it, and tasted delicious with the rice and peas that seemed to have a little bit of cinnamon added to them. The vegetables included sautéed cabbage, which paired well with the rice and curry. It was absolutely delicious, and definitely filled me up for hours afterwards.
My friend got the jerked chicken sandwich, which tasted similar to barbecue chicken… but better. This meal included a side of fries, and a drink for a dollar extra. Some other popular items that are definitely worth trying are the jerked chicken, fried plantains, and oxtail. These items seemed to be popular among the other customers in the restaurant. Overall, I had a positive experience at this restaurant and would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Auntie Rita’s truly encompasses the meaning and vibes of a family owned restaurant. Offering both excellent service and even more delicious food. They seem to really put their soul into their food and truly care about the people eating it. I can’t wait to go back and try something new!