Eat this: Jerk Chicken Roll with Boom-Boom Sauce at Evelyn & Olive

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 3rd 2014 908 4

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.

Here’s another I Love Memphis post on Evelyn and Olive. 


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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