I’ve been slacking on the updates, I just haven’t been motivated lately. I am starting to find my motivation to cook and experiment again and blog more. With that being said, the first thing I want to do is highlight my peoples new place. Its long overdue, but today I present “Dr. Birds Jamaican Patty Shack.” Recently opened and located at 1215 N Milwaukee Ave, in Chicago Illinois.
Those not familiar, the original, “Doctor Bird Rasta-Rant”, is a family operated Caribbean restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Opened in 1981, Dr. Birds started as a Caribbean grocery and corner store. As highlighted on their page, it took some time for them to find their footing;
“In the early stages of business, it was difficult to garner widespread community support due to lack of familiarity with Caribbean food. The decision was made to begin selling Jamaican patties shortly after opening due to the early troubles.”
The Jamaican patty helped turn things around. It established a bridge between Dr. Bird and the community. Almost every culture has their version of the Jamaican patty. It was finding this common thread. That over time allowed them to introduce many other Caribbean dishes. Dr. Birds would go on to become a staple in the community.
Hoping to build on the success of their parents in Buffalo. Brothers Hakim and Chunga Lee opened “Dr. Birds Jamaican Patty Shack” in Chicago, located at 1215 N. Milwaukee Avenue. They are looking to bring a modern flair to what their parents started as well as open multiple locations.
They offer a variety of Caribbean dishes such as a Rasta Pasta, from a family recipe. Jerk tacos, “Pop style Show off Poutine” which is made of their black pepper fries, cheese curds, Dr. Bird’s sauce and scallions. ‘Star Bwoy Slaw ” which is made of cabbage, broccoli, carrot, Jamaican spice, and gochujang. They also offer Wood Smoked jerk Cornish Hens, Wood Smoked Whole Jerk Wings, their patties of course; And a variety of sides like Coco Bread, Curry Fries, Festival Cornbread and Coco Rice.
I cannot forget about the drinks! Drinks are an essential part of the Dr. Bird’s experience, and they’ll carry the essential Red Stripe and ginger beer, that goes great with Caribbean food. They will also offer fresh juices as a specialty. Such as their Jammrock Lemonade and Liberation Hi-Fi made with cherry, guava and lychee that could be enjoyed with rum as well. You can get a “Likkle Bit Ah Rum or “Nuff Rum” ( that’s 1 or 2 shots for those not in the know lol) .They also do not forget to pay tribute to their elders with items like, Grandma Johnson’s coffee, which is a special blend. As well as Mother Matie’s colada that is made up of blood orange, coconut, and pineapple. They also serve their own homemade ice cream. With flavors like Rummy Nut and Ms. Rum & Cherry.
I pride myself on being honest all time on here. So, the menu alone is enough to have me want to visit. Even if this wasn’t my bro and his family opening this new location. On their Instagram page, there was a post that, sums up what they are about and what they are trying to build. So, from their mouths (or page) to your ears/eyes….
“When we set out on this journey a few years back to create our own interpretation of our family business; we thought about what Dr. Bird’s meant to us at its core. For us, it has always been about the love and the people. When Dr. Bird’s first opened we only had good hearts, ambition, and each other; but it grew to become beloved and a pillar in the community. We wanted to recreate the original vibe; a space where everyone feels loved and welcomed.” 1 People, 1 Love, 1 Cuisine is the motto.
One thing me and this blog will always support people going after their dreams and representing their family’s legacy as well. So if you plan on visiting Chicago anytime soon or live there, I highly recommend you go visit “Dr. Birds Jamaican Patty Shack”. If its anything like the original, I promise you won’t be disappointed. So much respect and blessing on the new venture. Can’t wait to see what else they have planned for the future!