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Back a Yard Caribbean American Grill
1189 Willow Rd
Menlo Park (The Peninsula)
11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am-9pm Fri and noon-8pm Sat.

"Back a yard" is Jamaican slang for "the way things are done back home." Fortunately for Jamaican expats and Caribbean food lovers alike, there is a place close on the peninsula where it's done just like that. Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill occupies a tiny storefront on Willow Road just east of 101. For such a small restaurant, the menu is quite varied. In what chef/owner Robert Simpson says is a nod to the tastes of the neighborhood, it includes a few American dishes like hamburgers, barbecued meats and fried fish. (The restaurant used to be a fried chicken and fish joint, and Simpson wanted to provide a little continuity between the two restaurants.) But what you really want to order here is the Jamaican food, especially the jerk pork and chicken.

Hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am-9pm Fri and noon-8pm Sat.
Price: $

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