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New Meetup: Dinner at Simma Down tonight at 6:30

From: Kimberly R.
Sent on: Friday, December 10, 2010 10:46 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Asheville Skeptics!

What: Dinner at Simma Down tonight at 6:30

When: Friday, December 10,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Simma Down
42 Market Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Great Jamaican restaurant that has replaced One Love Cafe. Several of us talked aout going on Sunday but due to the bad weather we are going to go tonight instead. Come support this hidden gem. It is located in "The Block", on Market Street at Eagle.

Here's a description from Mountain Xpress
The Simma Down Caribbean Caf? just recently opened on Market Street downtown, in the area formerly occupied by One Love. The restaurant is also surprisingly affordable, offering lunch plates laden with jerk chicken or pork and heaps of coconut rice and peas, greens and plantains ? for the rock-bottom price of only $7. Chef/owner Sam Briggs says that the prices might go up eventually, but for now his aim is to draw customers through the front doors. The menu offers other traditional island dishes like salt-fish fritters, cassava fries and Jamaican patties ? think Caribbean-style empanadas. Also offered are American classics ("for the less adventurous," chides the menu) like hamburgers and chicken strips.

Briggs says the aim of Simma Down is "to bring the real Caribbean-Jamaican style to Asheville ? with the music, with the paint, with the architecture, with the food. We're trying to give people good food at a good price, and still make a little bit of money."

Briggs feels like he has his jerk recipe down pat ? and indeed, it is quite good. "I grew up between Jamaica and North Carolina," says Briggs in a distinct patois. "Growing up, living in the ghetto of Jamaica, (that's where) I learned all this."

Briggs says that the chicken takes about four to five hours to cook, the pork somewhere between eight and 10. "I'm slow-cooking it in a smoker," he explains. A jerk snapper is cooked to order.

An Ital menu is also offered ? a selection of vegetarian food that changes daily ? described on the menu as "flavored by the coconut and blessed by Jah." Briggs says that the Ital menu is prepared using as many local and organic ingredients as possible. Briggs visits local farmers, he says, and spends time at the farmers markets buying vegetables for the restaurant. Outside of the Ital menu, Briggs says that he uses some Hickory Nut Gap meats as well.

"The food is cheap, it's really good ? we're just trying to bring the style and the vibe here, and we hope that the people love it. We've got something for everybody here," he says.

Simma Down is located at 42 Market Street in downtown Asheville. For more information, call[masked]

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