Restaurant review: Bonfire Jamaican food in Biloxi MS


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The jerk chicken platter at Bonfire restaurant in Biloxi.

Sun Herald Special

A unique restaurant opened on rue Caillavet some time ago, but the COVID pandemic has forced them to only offer take-out for months.

Then the business suffered another heavy blow in October 2020 when Hurricane Zeta caused heavy damage to the building, shutting down the restaurant for many months.

But that didn’t stop Bonfire from going down.

The Jamaican restaurant with a menu that permeates Southern cuisine has reopened a bit outside the Biloxi entertainment district, and it’s a one of a kind place.

The restaurant has yellow walls, a large wooden bar, lots of colorful artwork hanging on the walls, and a black ceiling contrasting with all the colors. You can also count on Jamaican music playing in the background.

The menu is not large which gives me confidence that the chef is good enough to prepare everything. There are only a few entrees on the menu, all very un-Jamaican (like the mac and cheese and fried mozzarella), but that only adds to the uniqueness of this place. Mac and cheese goes surprisingly well with jerk chicken.

The entrees are all classic Jamaican offerings and all come highly recommended. My all time favorite is the oxtail stew. This is one of the best braised dishes I have ever had – filling, delicious and satisfying. Next on my list should be the brown chicken stew. It’s another incredibly filling, rich and aromatic dish, and is seasoned to perfection. Pan-fried chicken should be high on my list as well. Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is simply magical. Very spicy, but not hot, although made with Scotch bonnet peppers. The rub usually included allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, and a few other things.

You know this place has southern elements when you see fried chicken on the menu. I’m a fan of fried chicken, and had to try it, with fried plantains and steamed cabbage, and it made a wonderful lunch. The menu also includes Chicken Curry and Mutton Curry, two very good choices.

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The plate of fried chicken at Bonfire restaurant in Biloxi. Julien brunt Sun Herald Special

Two sides come with each entry, and these are mostly classic Jamaican offerings. Choose from rice and peas, a potato salad, white rice and steamed cabbage.

Bonfire is a top-notch Jamaican restaurant, with friendly service and great food freshly cooked each day. The menu is full of the typical home-cooked dishes that have made Jamaican cuisine so famous. No haute cuisine here, just solid, deeply satisfying food that hits the mark.

If you are going to

Address: 273, rue Caillavet

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm; Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Telephone: (228) 271-6830

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Bonfire Restaurant on Caillavet Street in Biloxi. Julien brunt Sun Herald Special

Justin Mitchell is the retention and special projects editor for the South East McClatchy region. He also reports on LGBTQ issues in the Deep South, with a particular focus on Mississippi.


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