A couple of weeks ago Andrea and I were in her hometown of Eastman for a family member’s funeral. The funeral was at 11 am and the drive is about 2 ½ hours from our house. We left early in the morning and once we got there we grabbed a quick bite to eat attended the funeral and hopped back on I-75 and headed home. We stopped off in Macon to grab another quick bite, nothing huge, just something to hold us over til we got home. Andrea’s sister and a cousin were in the car so we decided to hit the Burger King and place our order…..BIG MISTAKE!!!!
We ordered our food and the lady couldn’t get the order right at all. We had to repeat the order a few times and finally we believe we have it right. We get to the window and she rang up ever order separately. No one told her to do that so now she has to redo the entire order. At this point we should have left but we were tired and wanted to get home. We pull up to the second window and get the food, one being the chicken fries meal. She just wanted the chicken and I wanted the fries. Chicken was drier than the cardboard box they were in. the damn things didn’t look like fries…looked like shriveled up fingers off one of those witches from an Oz movie. I clearly told them NO ICE in the drink. There were 40 ounces of ice and about 2 ounces of soda. Great job Burger Prince. SMH
We get home and we were discussing what to do for dinner. I did not want to do any fast food and I didn’t want to do any restaurant that we have already done. I wanted to do something totally different. I was looking for something in Fayetteville that we hadn’t tried but nothing seemed right. I decided to Google restaurants in Jonesboro in hopes there may be something besides the typical chains. A restaurant called Dominican & International Food popped up and I was intrigued. I have never heard of this place AND I have never had Dominican food. I clicked through the site and the pictures looked good. I knew Andrea would like it since she loves Dominican and Haitian foods.
We get there and there was a guy behind the counter taking orders but they also had food in serving trays kind of like how Piccadilly does it. I told the guy that this was our first time in the restaurant and asked how did we order and he told us we could order there or sit at one of the tables at which point Andrea started asking him what each item was. I then spoke up and said this is my first time eating Dominican food ever. He looked at me quizzically, “Ever??” I said yes and he pulls out a plate and started putting food on it for me to try.
He explains what each item is as he puts it on the plate. We have goat, chicken, beef, rice and beans and pickled onions. Andrea and I are sampling each portion and I am in love with the flavors which surprises Andrea. If you don’t know let me tell you, I am a picky eater. I hate beans and if you put anything besides beef or chicken on my plate you’ll be lucky if I don’t cuss you out so for Andrea to see me eating beans AND GOAT…... yeah, she checked my temperature. LOL
I decided I wanted the goat, beef, rice and beans, Andrea had the same thing. I ate everything on my plate. Andrea was so shocked that she took a picture and sent it to Syd. “Your Dad is eating goat and beans.” Sydney responds with the huh emoji because she simply is astonished that I would even try goat and beans. I have to be honest, that food was AWESOME. I wanted more and started digging in Andrea’s plate, it was that good.
We finished eating and went to pay and turns out the guy serving us and the cashier are the owners of the restaurant. We chat them up, telling them the back-story to coming here and this being my first time eating Dominican food. They both thought Andrea and I were of Hispanic background so they were surprised to learn we were both American. They told us to come back and make sure to order the whole fish. I almost started to say I hate fish but Andrea said it for me. They looked at me and I said, “I didn’t like beans until today so I guess I should try the whole fish the next go round.” The look on Andrea’s face made me think she may ask for a blood test to check and see if I was me. LOL. On the way home we are talking about the food when Andrea says, “This was my first experience eating Dominican food.” Babe eats so many different types of food I thought she had Dominican before so for both of us to do it for the first time….SUPER COOL!!!
I think we spent about $30 including drinks which is comparable to eating at a sit down chain restaurant. Shoot to be honest that’s about what you spend at Chic Fil A now. I can’t tell you if this is “authentic” Dominican food as I have never eaten Dominican foods but if this is what it tastes like I am down for more and I highly recommend you give them a try. They are located at 751 North Ave, Jonesboro, GA 30236