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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Coconuts & Back A Yard…my new favorites

Oh my goodness, I’m in love. With Caribbean food. And two restaurants in particular. Back A Yard in Menlo Park and Coconuts in Palo Alto. They are owned by the same people and are both fantastic. So I feel it my duty to share with the world just how great they are!

First, Back A Yard. We go here for takeout, and while it’s pretty small, they do have seating. Annetta, the woman working the counter every time I go, is the sweetest.

So far my favorite items at Back A Yard are the jerk chicken (dark meat) and the corn festivals. Ah, the corn festivals. If you’ve never had them they are like a donut of sorts…taste kind of like beignets, to me. Yum-ed-y-yum-yum-yum.

Now on to Coconuts! Coconuts is much larger and really cute, with live music on weekends.

And the curry shrimp I ordered? To DIE for.

Nate tried the curried goat, which was actually quite good…and our friends got jerk chicken and jerk salmon, which were both delish. My favorite was the pork bites appetizer.

This food has made me fall in love with SPICE. I used to be kind of a chicken when it came to hot, spicy foods. But now I can’t get enough of the stuff! If you’re ever in town, I’ll meet you for some Caribbean for sure!


  1. 1

    makes me want to move to menlo park…

  2. 2

    Mmm… I went to Coconuts the other day, and I’ve seen the sign for BackAYard, but had no idea what it was.

    Have you been to the Mango Cafe in PA? Started with Trinidad and Tobago food/ownership, moved to Chinese ownership I think, now Carribean – the food always stayed very similar and very tasty (African/Caribbean). their goat wraps are pretty spicy, they have great plantains and bread pudding and yummy smoothies to cut the spice.

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    Jane Maynard

    emily – you absolutely should move to menlo park, for more reasons than this! 🙂

    nicole, that sounds great! I’m totally going to check out the mango cafe…thanks!

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    jessica h

    goat. again?

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    I second the rec for Mango in P.A.–the jerk chicken quesadilla is scrumptious! Can’t wait to try both these places.

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