It’s time to trade in those basic hamburgers and bland salads for some flavor and fun! Cha Cha Chicken is a Caribbean restaurant located in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue. If you’ve been looking to satisfy those savory taste buds, than Cha Cha Chicken is the place to go.
Caribbean food typically consists of rice, beans, fried plantains, meat, sweet potatoes and a variety of spices (Even as I’m writing this my mouth is salivating!)
Delicious food isn’t what only keeps me coming back to Cha Cha Chicken; the ambiance also plays a factor. The décor is decked out in vibrant colors, straw covered umbrellas, and bamboo fences with various island sayings. I love the environment because even though we may be in California, it still gives us that vibe of authentic Caribbean living.
We first ordered some drinks to quench our thirst. I got a pineapple coconut ginger lemonade and it was absolutely delicious!! One of the tastiest drinks I have ever had. Even the baby limes gave it a nice touch. The other drink was a cantaloupe infused water. Normally infused water only has a hint of fruit taste, but this drink had the sweetest cantaloupe flavor. They were beyond refreshing!
Casey ordered the Jerk Turkey Burger. The burger is grilled Jamaican style and smothered in jerk sauce and cheese. Grilled onions, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles top it off. (It was Jamaican us crazy! haha! lame I know) It comes with a side of spicy cuban fries that are amazing!! Who doesn’t like to add a little kick to their fries? Even though I had food of my own… I couldn’t help but steal a fry, or two, or maybe several…Let’s be honest, Casey knew what he was getting himself into when he started dating me!
I usually stick to my favorite thing on the menu– their infamous Cha Cha Chicken plate (Gluten Free). It comes with the option of ¼ or ½ chicken but I tend to stick to the ¼ chicken and request all white meat. Accompanying the chicken is a side of dirty rice and my favorite of all: fried plantains. What makes this dish so flavorful is their Jerk sauce. Jerk Sauce is the national sauce of Jamaica and is a mix of many different spices– plus flavors of fresh mango, pineapple and habanero pepper. I literally would put this sauce on everything.
This is definitely one of my go to spots when I am craving some flavor and a lively atmosphere! I’ll always love my trendy cafes, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up and embrace that authentic island cuisine!