October 23, 2012
Negril Island BBQ opens in midtown

The restaurant space at 2502 J St. in midtown has seen its share of turnover during the last couple years, being the former home of My BBQ Spot and Luck's BBQ. But, the smoke rises there once again with the recent opening of Negril Island BBQ. This eatery specializes in "spice oriented Caribbean food," said owner Cleve Geddes, with such offerings as jerk chicken, jerk ribs, smoked fish, spicy sausages plus sides of beans and rice, and more.

Geddes, who is Panamanian-Jamaican by background, is a veteran of Sacramento's restaurant scene. He opened his Cleve's Place BBQ in Natomas during the mid-1980s, and went on to manage the former Chanterelle at the Sterling Hotel for nearly a decade, along with stints at Blue Cue, Virgin Sturgeon and others.

Geddes is still fine tuning the menu at Negril Island BBQ, named after a Jamaican beach resort town. While meats will remain a focus at this new barbecue spot, which will be smoked with mesquite wood, he's planning vegetarian items as well. Smoked fish will also be at the heart of the menu.

"My big passion is smoked salmon and smoked sturgeon," said Geddes. "I'll use alder wood or maple for smoking the fish."

Negril Island BBQ is located at 2502 J St., Sacramento. For more information: (916) 440-1088.

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