Aunt-I’s Culinary Journey

By: Team Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica
In 2011, Aunt I’s was chosen by the Food Network to appear on their show the “Heat Seekers” and in 2013 the national network, ABC selected them for their food show “The Chew”. 

Aunt I’s is not only the name of the restaurant but the nick name of a real person. The vision was born out of a mother’s exceptional Jamaican country-style cooking ability, a love for people and a heart for service. Inez “Aunt I” Grant always had a yearning to have a restaurant since she moved to Florida from Kingston, Jamaica.

 Aunt I began cooking out of her home in 1986 with the help of her children doing their part. The menu was simple and limited to the more popular and traditional Jamaican dishes. The word got out that “dis lady can really cook” and in a short time the house was filled with people from all over, including family and  friends. This was the beginning of their customer base. By 1987 the first Aunt I’s was opened in what is now the city of Miami Gardens, and the word of mouth advertising was unbelievable.

Signature dishes like Aunt I’s Oxtail, the Special Brown Stewed Chicken and our made-from-scratch Jerk Chicken, has helped to make Aunt I’s a standard of excellence in Jamaican Cuisine.

In 1996, a second location was added in the Fort Lauderdale area and a third in Pembroke Pines in 2003. Due to the tough economic times and changes in demographics of the city, the original Miami location was closed in 2012.

They were also ranked by the South Florida community as one of the top  two Best Jamaican Restaurant on our local Channel 10 website, Top 0 Restaurant of 2013. We have truly been blessed.

Today with 2 restaurants and plans to enter new business opportunities and develop other  restaurant concepts, they continue to provide their customers with the “feel at home” comfort and courteous service they started back in the house over 25 years ago.

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