Laylah's Patties & Jerk

It's pretty far out El Cajon Boulevard; not quite all the way, but 58th and ECB is a good jog. The brightly painted facade of the restaurant features a smiling Rasta chef and the inside is likewise decorated with imagery from the reggae pantheon. Jamaican music plays softly from the house stereo. The tabletops are even painted with maps of the island nation that identify local landmarks.

The dish to order is the jerk chicken. "Jerk" refers to the dry rub of allspice, scotch bonnet peppers, and other spices, but it can also refer to the method by which jerk chicken is smoked. Laylah's jerk chicken can be made into a sandwich, served on a salad, or as a dinner plate that also comes with rice, beans, steamed veggies, and fried plantains. The plates ($10 for a small or $12 for a large) contain relatively massive portions of food.


Business Hours

Day Hours
Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine Caribbean
Delivery Yes
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room No
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu Unknown
Occasional live music No
Payment Options Accepts credit cards

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