Good Jamaican, really good Jamaican in Studio City.
My people took a strange journey to come to this country. Granted it was as cargo, and we were yanked from all over various regions of Western Africa. There are some differences, to be sure. There is a big difference between the my people who grew and developed in the American South, versus the Africans who came of age in Latin American or the Caribbean.
You want proof, listen to the music. The reggae of Bob Marley, and the Blues of Blind Willie Jefferson. Trace that lineage back far enough, they come from the same place, yet the couldn’t sound more different today.
Still, the children of slavery who came to this part of the world share a bond. We know we’re not all alike, but we are still family, deep down. I can’t claim the Caribbean as part of my heritage, but it’s impossible not to feel a bit of pride about the region anyway. It’s not mine, but its mine anyway, you know?
And Lord knows that’ll never stop me from having a bite to eat. I think African-American Mothers and Grandmothers, no matter where they’re from, learn at least one Caribbean dish sometime, somewhere.
Long story short, going into Sattdown Jamaican Grill was no problem for me.
Strangely, I only discovered it coming back from Ramen Jinya (the same way I discovered Vitellos). I was driving by, and saw the sign. I knew was going to have to eat in there.
Yeah, that’s a fact. At least it is for me.
I get inside, and it’s a comfortable little space. Lots of tables for seating, though they do do a brisk take-out business. It kinda reminds me of some of the Mom and Pop’s over in San Gabriel, but there are good smells coming out of that kitchen, and Chef Tony knows what the heck he’s doing.
Actually, I got a look at the wall, and saw all the reviews. Seems most of Los Angeles agrees that Chef Tony knows what the heck he’s doing.
This is a good place. This is a place I’m going to rotate to every chance I get to now, like the nearby Ramen Jinya. Looking at their menu, I have a lot of things I want to try. And also, this place is good value restaurant. Sattdown is the two things I like in a restaurant, inexpensive and really damn good.
Oh, and just behind the cash register. They’ve got Meat Patties. If nothing else, make sure you get on of those before you get out the door.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: First time through, I followed my First Thing Rule, and got the first thing on the menu, which is their Beef Stew. Damn good. But I was also severely tempted by their Brisket, which Chef Tony is pretty proud of. So of course I had to go back.
I did follow my own suggestion and get a Beef Pattie on the way out the door. It was spicy, crumbly delicious, and…yes, I’m still thinking about it days later.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Since I just ripped the hell out of King’s Row, I would like to offer up an example of how Restaurant owners should behave when confronted with faulty A.C.
Bonus points as far as I’m concerned. They were looking out for me, and were concerned with my comfort. This is how Restaurant Owners should behave. This is why I’m making it my mission in life to recommend Sattdown to anyone who will listen.
The Brisket dish has NOTHING to do—errr…wait.
The Brisket dish has very little to—no, that’s not true either.
Point is, I’m getting me some Brisket…but the courtesy and friendliness of the Sattdown Owners cannot be undersold in my book.
I have stated that the things that make me mad about Restaurants are when they intentionally do something stupid, or rude. Accidents I don’t hold against anyone.
King’s Row chose to make people order in a room where the A.C. was not working instead of moving them into a room where the A.C .was working. That pissed me off, and thus reflected in my review.
The A.C. was being worked on at Sattdown and the Owners are mortified. Toward the end of my meal, it started working again.
It’s amazing at how little it really takes to give someone a good experience at a restaurant. Most of the time, it’s just a pat on the back, and good looking out.
Sattdown was good looking out.
PARKING: Easy enough. Sattdown is in a Strip Mall complex with its own parking. The lot will look perpetually filled, but there are usually a couple of space available at any given time. Parking’s free, so have at it.
Sattdown Jamaican Grill
11320 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Tel: (818) 766-3696
Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00-8:00 pm