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Rose of Sharon

Address:6827 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, Md 

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By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/25/2008

Although it's no fun for your growling stomach and watering mouth, the upside to a carry-out joint being out of certain items 'round dinnertime is that you know it's all made-to-order home cooking. Such was the case when stopping by Rose of Sharon, a relatively new Caribbean takeout counter located in the always busy strip mall at the southeast corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. The curry chicken and veggie pies were gone, so we opted for a large order of the jerk chicken ($10.50) and one each of a spicy chicken pie and spicy ground beef pie ($1.50 each). The pies are an above-average variety of the typical Jamaican stuffed pastry, with flaky crusts and moist, piquant fillings. The jerk chicken, though, is a marvel: The chicken tastes roasted in a rub that's more smokily aromatic than overpowering, resulting in moist, tender meat that's sophisticatedly flavored. This dinner comes served with savory beans and rice, steamed cabbage--which contains a burst of some kind of pepper that almost melted the nose off--fried plantains, and a devilish macaroni pie, which is mac 'n' cheese served casserole dense. All of the above easily fed two people, leaving us planning what to order next time. Bonus round: Rose of Sharon boasts special Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch menus as well as desserts. You're so in our next-visit sights, cassava pone.

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