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Mr Jerk

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209 Wellesley St E
Toronto, ON  M4X 1G1

(416) 961-8913

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4 star rating
Lovely Llama August 09, 2010
The Jerk Chicken is Irie!

Wow! I had the jerk chicken/rice & beans from Mr. Jerk this weekend, and it was amazing. It's a tiny store with no seating, but it's well worth it to pop it and get some take out. The Carribean gravy was the icing on the cake. I nearly ate a 1/2 chicken in one sitting!

4 star rating
Bobbolicious August 08, 2010
Jerkalicious!

It doesnt look like much from the outside, or even the inside....However the line-ups at Mr. Jerk speak for themselves. The jerk chicken dinner is amazing...one of the best I've had in the city! The portions are huge and not too pricey either. They also do a mean jerk pork! This place is always busy, however opt for take-out as the restaurant is small and packed with people.

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4 star rating
July 02, 2011

Mr. Jerk is a popular Caribbean take-out restaurant serving Cabbagetown residents with some of the best jerk in the city.

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4 star rating
November 03, 2015

Love Mr. Jerk. Their pumpkin soup is exactly what I need on a cold winter day: pumpkin base, chicken, dumplings, carrots and potato. Followed by jerk chicken, rice and coleslaw with extra gravy. If I'm feeling like a beast, sometimes I get ginger coconut drops or tambran balls. Rel bess. I love their fried plantain too, but only when fresh. Sometimes they serve you cold, dry, tasteless plantain... more

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4 star rating
October 13, 2015

Really good jerk chicken! Im pretty much a regular at this point, I always order the quarter chicken dinner or if i make it for their lunch special i grab their jerk chicken lunch special which is the same thing except both cheaper and you get a soda, these prices range from 7.50 (tax included) to a bit over 8.

They also have pretty decent fried corn bread and patties, though their patties are... more

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4 star rating
October 07, 2015

You know when you want to love someone and then you experience them, and it sort of sucks, but you keep pretending to yourself that everything is ok?

No, I'm not talking about my love life. I'm talking about Mr. Jerk.

I've walked by a million times and yesterday I took the crack at a jerk chicken sandwich. While the service was fast and friendly, the sandwich was uninspired. I felt like I was... more

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4 star rating
August 31, 2015

This place has so much wasted potential!
Their food needs to be tweaked just a bit to deliver the mouth watering West Indian flavours.
If you happen to be in the area try the curried meats. Party's lack stuffing and the Jerk sandwiches need some sort of moisture ... Coleslaw perhaps.. Otherwise the flavour is there just a tad on the drier side.
Not quite your bang for your buck place but... more

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4 star rating
August 06, 2015

While visiting for Caribana 2015, I make a trip to Mr. Jerk for curry goat. With the exchange rate being .75 to $1.00 local, I expected to pay less using US Dollars but was informed by the woman behind the counter it dollar for dollar. In previous years when the exchange rate was flipped she had no problem using a calculator to make sure I paid the difference. The meal was good but my friends... more

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4 star rating
June 26, 2015

This is strictly a review based on the food. I've never had the opportunity to personally buy from here, but have consistently been on the receiving end of their take-out jerk chicken :)

The Jerk Chicken, the coleslaw, the rice, THE SAUCE (4.5/5): Yummmmmmmm!! Tis a good meal when put altogether, whereas one without the other will make it incomplete! The chicken is tender on the inside and... more

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4 star rating
May 30, 2015

I just keep coming back for it . They made their patties in house . Once I waited for 5 minutes for fresh from the oven . Well was burning hot be careful ! The pastry of the patty is flaky not too firm and very flavorful left buttery taste at the end . Far better than frozen heat up in the oven type . They have chicken , beef and vegetables . It's quite filling loaded with ingredients . I have... more

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4 star rating
April 16, 2015

This place just nails jerk pork perfectly, at some west indian shops it's actually stewed (yuk) but the only way I'll have it, is this way, slow cooked over fire and allspice wood which gives it that beautiful spicy bark on it, their jerk pork is just divine, I've yet to find jerk pork as good in this city or even in this country to be honest, it's absolute perfection!! Servings are large and... more

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4 star rating
March 12, 2015

Great quick eat. Large portions for cheap! Wished they took debit/credit. Cash only! Not quite sure how fresh the jerk meat is. It's usually in the window and I've never seen them come out of the kitchen. Also they don't have a restroom. They send you to the Library near by.

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4 star rating
January 16, 2015

Best Jerk I've had in the downtown core and it's not particularly close. If you're strung up for cash I highly recommend getting the jerk pork by the pound. You get a very generously sized serving of meat for around $5. It's also nice because you don't have to order by weight, too, you can just ask for $7.50's worth for example.

Anyway, this place rules and the owner is very friendly.

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4 star rating
October 18, 2014

I've eaten at many carib restaurants but this one takes the cake. I'm a regular here and will drive pass many others to get to mr.jerk.

Atmosphere: a whole in the wall so don't expect 5 star dining decor.

Food: very reasonable pricing and more importantly YUMMY. $1.50 for the best Jamaican beef patties in town. No brainer! These guys are known for their patties. Standing in line, you will... more

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4 star rating
October 03, 2014

Probably some of the best jerk I've ever had - the only con is "sometimes" the pork which i love so much gets a tiny bit dry. Nothing some gravy wont fix tho! Pretty huge portions, and the lunch specials are as good as it gets! I also order the meat la carte and make rice at home sometimes, perfect! Def recommend this gem of a joint if you happen to be nearby, you won't regret it!

Protip:... more

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4 star rating
September 05, 2014

THEY ONLY TAKE CASH!
So if you're planning on dining, this is not the place.
Food looks and smells amazing, and the taste is definitely vigorous
but the environment of the restaurant is so distraught.
Pop down, paint peeling, SKETCHY !!
Service is not great, lady is rude and rushing and very impersonal.

BUT, if your going for a quick pick up of some real soul Jamaican food, this is the place,... more

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4 star rating
August 23, 2014

Best jerk pork I tasted. For some reason the jerk pork at other Mr jerk locations don't taste as good. Always good to stick with the original.

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4 star rating
August 16, 2014

I love this place! Do not let the grimy facade fool you, this place has some kick-a@s Caribbean food. If you like Pork, try the jerk pork on a coco bun, and say hell yes to the gravy. The pork is crispy, moist and flavourful jerky goodness! The patties are tasty, as is the chicken. This place has loads of character and many characters. If you find yourself in St. James Town with a hankering for... more

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4 star rating
August 05, 2014

Mr. Jerk! I had the pleasure of working next to this little gem and decided to pay a visit around lunch. First off, this is definitely a place where you'd rather grab and go than eat at. The atmosphere is pretty bland and unwelcoming, but who cares? You're only there for the food!

I ordered a beef party which I was told was made fresh (don't know whether or not to believe that) and I got the... more

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4 star rating
June 25, 2014

Although its appearance from the outside screams ghetto, the food catered by this West Indian restaurant that is operated by Chinese-Canadians is good and the prices are reasonable. Although their jerk chicken is a bit dry and the selection of sides such as rice, beverages and dish selection (no wings?) is limited, the loyal lines of patrons streaming out their front door during normal weekday... more

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4 star rating
June 10, 2014

Great spot!
Some of the better jerk chicken and pork I've eaten in Toronto. Owner is really nice guy, laid back, easy going.. place is very small and can get really annoyingly crammed, I just walk away when that line is out the door. Better than Ritz anyday!

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4 star rating
June 06, 2014

Had the Jerk chicken for dinner. I've heard great things about this place and tons of people say its the best in the city. So i'm pretty sure I just had a bad batch. The chicken seemed like it was sitting out for a long time and was really under cooked.

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4 star rating
Best jerk chicken ever! The fried plantain is fantastic too
May 18, 2014

This little hole in the wall could easily be missed except for the amazing aromas wafting from the building. It doesn't look like much but the food is amazing and the little lady at the counter was a hoot. We just had 3 1/4 chicken meals which came with rice and coleslaw. We asked for half the rice and it... more

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4 star rating
May 04, 2014

This is one of those places you go to eat but don't admit it. Foods real good and reasonably priced, it is just the location and the over all look of the place. Friendliest service and fast, I do like the food and go more often than I would like to admit.

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4 star rating
April 15, 2014

Jerk Pork (lean) and rice and beans with lots of Ox tail gravy, some pickled onions, with a generous helping of the homemade hot sauce is the way to go! I stop by at least once a week for this!

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4 star rating
April 11, 2014

I have had jerk food in a lot of places but this place is by far the best spot in Toronto

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4 star rating
Best take out jerk I've had in the city
February 17, 2014

We've had take out twice from Mr Jerk now. I wanted to try it a second time before I wrote this review.
The food at Mr jerk is.....delicious. It's the right amount of flavour and spice. And the portions are amazing!! We have had the chicken dinner, chicken roti and pork dinner. All of them were so good. There was... more

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4 star rating
February 09, 2014

I love love loveeeee this place. It is located near my high school and I've gone here several times over my high school career. I loved ordering anything on their menu really. Also their beef patties are delicious! Especially with coco bread! YUMMMMM. For those in the area looking for a cheap meal and favourful! This is your place.

This place is great for students, they have daily special... more

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4 star rating
February 03, 2014

Another place I had to try on reference basis. First look of the place ... Looks old school run down. But alright. Staff courteous, fast. Took a 1/2 jerk chicken lunch with rice / beans and oxtail sauce. Good quantity of both the rice and chicken.

Taste test: chicken was too hard, not moist. As if it had been made long before and reheated again an again. Not appetizing. The rice cooked almost... more

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4 star rating
Jerk Lover Must
December 24, 2013

Although the restaurant itself isn't beautiful or decorated, once you take a bite into a piece of that amazing, tender, delicious piece of meat it's completely irrelevant how the place looks. Definitely the best jerk pork I've ever eaten and I can't wait to go back!

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4 star rating
November 18, 2013

I went in with an open mind despite its super ghetto exterior and interior to match, but this place is not good.
All the food looks like it was cooked hours ago and sitting under heat lamps.
Went with a couple of chicken curry roti's. Curried vegetables sounded like a decent side dish so ordered a small dish of those too.

The curry itself isnt bad, but the chicken is a mixed batch of dark and... more

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4 star rating
Hope you like jerk seasoning
October 29, 2013

I rarely give 5 of 5 rating as I like to think that there is still some improvement of even a great experience.
A friend had taken me to the Scarborough location when we were getting together for our monthly movie night.
He recommended the jerk pork with peas and rice, smothered in whatever gravy I wanted.
I went with... more

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4 star rating
August 05, 2013

Mr. Jerk servers up some tasty Jamaican food at reasonable prices. It's a small space a little bit off the main streets, but if you're craving Jamaican food (I haven't had the stuff in a year) you don't mind walking a few minutes.

While I don't think it was much better than other jerk chicken places, the food was solid all around - well spiced, but maybe a little dry.

We tried the oxtail... more

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4 star rating
July 07, 2013

My friend wanted to meet here. Bad choice. I jut tried this place for the first time... And i want u to keep in mind that i like most restaurants... I have to say this jerk is reallllly bad. I don't reccomend it for a taste food!

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4 star rating
July 01, 2013

How did I not mention the patties?! Best patties I've had in the city (although I haven't ventured anywhere on Lawrence yet). Let's at least go with best patties downtown. Everything is made in-house. The shell is flaky and delicious. The filling is spicy and delicious.

Did I mention it's delicious? And only $1.50/patty!

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4 star rating
June 22, 2013

Get the jerk pork. I bought a half a pound last time I went. Place is a dive. But the jerk pork is excellent. If you want sauce - get it on the side. And if you like it hot - ask for hot sauce on the side. I just get it to go in the summer. Get a drink and walk and eat. Or buy it and ride/drive to the beach and dig in.

Or I would just get some oxtail. Don't forget the hot sauce. The oxtail is... more

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4 star rating
Cheap for the win
May 19, 2013

It's cheap and tasty, the oxtail dinner is delighting and the lady is very nice. Good for a quick lunch or dinner. Dont go if u are not used to this kind of taste though.

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4 star rating
April 17, 2013

I have been going here for almost 15 years! I have never been disappointed with the food there. The owners are lovely. They always ask about my mom when I go in. The price vs. quantity and quality is worth it!

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4 star rating
February 19, 2013

I remember this place to have some decent jerk but I think something must have changed as sadly its the worst in
memory. The rice and peas are dry like the bones that most of this chicken consists of. There is very little flavour to the jerk and the gravy is nonexistent. If your a fan of good pipping hot and moist full flavoured jerk with delicious gravy smothering some rice and peas, skip this... more

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4 star rating
December 31, 2012

Amazing jerk chicken, jerk pork and chicken soup! The portions are huge and the prices are cheap! Cash only.

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4 star rating
July 08, 2012

I want to give this place 3 and half stars - it's not quite 4-star material but I feel it's above 3. Had the jerk chicken for the first time today and it really was quite flavourful, though I could have used more heat on it. The place itself is a bit of a hole in the wall, but that doesn't really matter for me. There are a few places to sit, but not tables.

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4 star rating
June 24, 2012

Saw this place on a bike ride down Bleeker St. Got a 1/4 Jerk Chicken w/ rice and oxtail soup. It was LOVELY. Extremely affordable ($7). I would ask for more peppersauce next time, but that's my only gripe. I'm pretty sure it's the best I've had in Toronto. The menu was HUGE, and I look forward to going back another time to try something different.

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4 star rating
May 03, 2012

Been going their for years and I'm never disappointed. I know what I'm getting every time, and thats great food!!

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4 star rating
January 02, 2012

hands down my absolute favourite jerk place! been coming here for years (10plus) and therefore have no need to try other places as it's usually a disappointment when compared to mr. jerk.

my boyfriend and i usually get a bit of everything as it's all so yummy and we can't just choose one item. he likes the beef stew/rice and peas, i, the 1/2 jerk chicken/rice and peas. put the gravy on the... more

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4 star rating
October 06, 2011

Needless to say the only items I have ever ordered at Mr. Jerk are the jerk related ones, and so this review is not relevant to the roti or any other dishes!
The jerk chicken and pork are both very tasty and appropriately spiced! The shop has a good turnover so it's usually a good bet that the food has not been sitting around for too long, especially on school days!
I'm not a jerk expert, so I... more

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4 star rating
August 17, 2011

Picked up some jerk chicken here on my never-ending quest to find the best Jerk in Toronto. Pretty tasty, I must admit, but not the best. That title belongs to the Ritz Caribbean at Yonge & Carlton. I sure as hell won't turn down jerk from here, but it's not the pinnacle of Jerk perfection.

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4 star rating
August 06, 2011

I'd heard good things about Mr. Jerk but seeing is always believing. I always order the same thing: a curry chicken roti, rice and peas with gravy and a dumpling and the taste never disappoints.

The environs are gritty, but when the food can stand on its own like that, it's all good. Dives like this typically have the best food. The curry reminds me of my childhood as does the warmth and... more

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4 star rating
May 22, 2011

I recently went to a concert at the Phoenix, and decided to hit up Mr. Jerk beforehand due to its high yelp rating. Following recommendations from other users, I picked up some jerk pork (and a fritter) while my friend grabbed the curried oxtail. The pork was incredibly moist and had a great amount of charring on it, while the oxtail was as flavourful as it gets. Both meals came with rice and... more

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4 star rating
January 03, 2011

Don't let the sketchy appearance fool you: this is some dynamite Jerk!
Unbelievably cheap and delicious.

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4 star rating
August 24, 2010

I'm no jerk chicken expert but this was pretty tasty. The one thing I would've preferred is a bit more freshness. Or maybe its the hours under the heat lamp that makes the fall off the bone so easily. I live pretty close as well so I imagine I'll be back, and the prices are pretty decent. Next time I'll have to try the pork.

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4 star rating
August 17, 2010

I've traveled to one end of this fine city to the other in search of jerk pork and seriously, these guys make undoubtedly the best the there is. I grew up in Malton (by the airport) and there's is one at the corner of Derry Rd. and Goreway Dr. with free parking
With line ups out the door at lunch, you know you've hit the jackpot.

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4 star rating
January 21, 2010

I went to high school nearby so I grew up at Mister Jerk so I admit I'm a little biased, however for the price, I haven't found many places with better Jerk Chicken.

I just got back from Ochos Rios Jamaica, and had asked a cabbie to bring me to his favourite roadside drum jerk chicken. And honestly, that was THE best jerk chicken I'd ever had, especially with the Jamaican Ketchup and hot... more

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4 star rating
October 05, 2009

Amazing food served in large portions for bargain prices. To be clear this is almost exclusively a take-out joint, and a somewhat sad looking one at that, but don't let the appearance fool you. The jerk chicken, rice and cole slaw are finer than you'll find anywhere else in Toronto.

I recommend no gravy or gravy on the side. It's tasty but ultimately masks the delicious jerk flavour.

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August 29, 2013

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