In recent years, Scotchies has become a small franchise made up of the best jerk chicken joints on the north coast. Scotchies Too, right off the main highway outside Ocho Rios, is a pleasant spot where you can sit in a garden and dig into some chicken or pork fresh off the pimento-wood grill.
Scotchies is THE place for jerk chicken in Jamaica. In a ramshackle hut, you'll find the chef cooking jerk chicken or pork over a steel drum. We waited for our meal at the bar drinking Red Stripe, listening to Coldplay in the background. There's lots of thatched-roof huts inside and booths to hang out at. You get your food wrapped in tin foil. The jerk chicken and pork were moist and the sauce was hot. The best surprise, however, was "festival," a sweetened bread that we had alongside our meal. This is where all resort staff hang out, and I can see why. It was nice to see and taste Jamaica outside of the resort.