By Jason Luntz
Husband and wife owners of Jamaicaway Restaurant and Catering, David and Ouida Bradshaw, have treated Nashvillians to their health conscious Jamaican cuisine for nearly 10 years.
The menu is a selection of authentic Jamaican food with a twist. Majority of the meats are baked, nothing is cooked with pork, and there is assortment of vegetable entrees available.
Originally both from the Island of Jamaica, the couple have been in Nashville since 1999. Initially they provided a catering service, but an overwhelming need from their customers lead to the opening of a location in December of 2003.
They choose the Farmers Market, at 900 Rose L Parks Blvd, and at first settled in a small corner of the market’s food court. Within five years they expanded to a larger section of the market, now with their own glass partition that separates their restaurant from the public dining area.
In 2010 Jamaicaway was featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Restaurants cannot call The Food Network and get on their programs, David Bradshaw clarified.
“The audience actually lets them know what restaurants they really like and then the network contacts you,” said Bradshaw. “We were surprised to find out so many people in Nashville loved our cooking.”
This popularity means that another expansion is over due. “The challenge we have is our kitchen is small, so it makes the simple things a big effort,” explained Bradshaw. “We have to go with what we can do at the moment, but we would love to get a nicer space that we can fill out a little better.”
The business continues as a family affair, with the Bradshaw’s two sons often working along their parents.
The owners of Jamaicaway are very conscientious about the quality of food they serve. The restaurant uses local ingredients as often as they can. All of the meats served are steroid and hormone free. The menu also offers a large variety of vegetarian entrees including soy products, gluten products, and tofu dishes.
Catering services are also available for business and personal events.
For hours, a view of the menu, and information on catering please visit: www.jamaicawaycatering.com.