Eat this: Jerk Chicken Roll with Boom-Boom Sauce at Evelyn & Olive
Evelyn & Olive is a hidden gem of a restaurant in an unassuming building in the Edge District. The couple who owns it (from Jamaica by way of Brooklyn) serve Jamaican and Southern fare.
I’ve been several times, and I usually order the Black Bean Tacos (crunchy shell, combo of tofu and black beans, with kiwi salsa). Sometimes I want something different than gastropub fare. The tacos satisfied that craving and – bonus! – didn’t make me feel like I needed to train for the St. Jude Marathon in order to make up for a rich, fried meal.
I hadn’t been to Evelyn and Olive in a while, so when Twitterer @SarahBakerE suggested I do a post on the Jerk Chicken Roll with Boom Boom sauce, I took her recommendation and gave it a try.
My first question was “Is the Boom Boom sauce spicy?” because I am a real wimp when it comes to spicy food. I want to like it, but I can’t always handle stuff that’s super spicy. I asked for the sauce on the side to be sure.
The Jerk Chicken Roll, which is Evelyn & Olive’s take on a grilled chicken sandwich, came out quickly and was served with a side of kettle potato chips. The chicken breast was coated with a jerk seasoning, the ciabatta roll was fresh and toasted, and the sandwich was dressed with lettuce and tomato.
Boom Boom sauce can mean different things, but I hypothesize that this slightly creamy version is made up of chile peppers and some yummy spices that gave it it’s orange color and bright flavor. I added the Boom Boom sauce cautiously, and it turned out to be not-that-spicy, about the right amount for me.
Without the sauce, this sandwich would be fairly basic. It’s a solid choice, though, if you’re not in the mood for tofu and kiwi salsa. I’m glad for the recommendation, because it reminded me about Evelyn & Olive.
The Jerk Chicken Roll is $9, and Evelyn & Olive has $8 lunch specials daily. 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.