New-ish Restaurant Evelyn and Olive Brings Jamaica to Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 23rd 2012 2193 6

If you like authentic Jamaican food, meet your new favorite restaurant, downtown's Evelyn and Olive.

The menu isn't huge, but's got a blend of Jamaican and southern dishes. There are jerk chicken wings, Rasta Pasta, sandwiches and wraps and seafood. To drink, they've got ginger beer, Jamaican lemonade, rum punch, and a special spiced hibiscus and ginger juice. 

My dinner buddy Kaitlyn had tried Evelyn and Olive before, so she knew what she wanted – the Marley Meal ($6.95), a vegetarian plate of cabbage and peppers, rice and peas and a cucumber and tomato side salad.

Marley Meal, Evelyn and Olive, Memphis, Tenn.

I know what I'm getting next time – the cabbage was like an slaw that grew up and got a promotion. It was a little bit crunchy and kind of sweet, and the chunks of peppers were a nice touch. It would be amazing on a barbecue sandwich (or off of a plate or out of a bucket).

For dinner, I tried the Kingston Stew Fish ($10.95). I was expecting some kind of stew over rice or maybe something along the lines of what you'd get at Abyssinia, but it was a piece of seasoning-crusted seared tliapia resting on a generous pile of rice pilaf. So, it wasn't quite stew, but it was really good.

Fish Stew, Evelyn & Olive, Memphis, Tenn.

The fish was spicy, but not enough to require multiple glasses of water. The rice was good, but not super flavorful on its own (it was ok, though – there were a few kinds of Jamaican hot sauce on the table.)

My total check (the fish stew and a Red Stripe) came out to about $16, making Evelyn and Olive super affordable for the quality and quantity of food. They're open weekdays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. On the weekends, there's live music.

Go there:

Evelyn and Olive

630 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

(901) 748-5422

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Andy says:

    The jerk chicken wings are really good as well. The meat falls off the bone.

  2. lucy says:

    I've loved every dish I've had at Evelyn and Olive.. salmon cakes and grits, the salads are super good and super filling, soups, rice and peas, kingston cabbage, fried green tomatoes, the boom boom sauce is good on EVERYtHING – even the salad. 

  3. Anna says:

    True or false that they have wine there?

  4. David says:

    True – I was there tonight!

  5. bklynstandup says:

    how about a roti not open but wraped i be charlotte NC grew up in bkyn i heard its the best do u ship…

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