Latest Dutch Pot opening
Cherry Marshall and Meloney Gregory, owners
By Hyacynthia Leonce
The newest Dutch Pot Restaurant, located at 7301 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines, Fla. across from Broward College South, had its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 and offered a stew chicken, rice and peas, vegetables meal with a drink for only $2. As you can imagine the line was long and out the door.
As I entered the restaurant on Saturday, I was welcomed by some nice Jamaican reggae music played by WAVS, 1170 AM radio station with the Love Doctor and GIRL (God’s Intelligent Righteous Leaders) Power Radio Show, including producer Jeremiah Campbell, Stacy Rose, Tanya A. and the Love Doctor, (Dr. Dennis D. Grant).
The ambience of the place was nice with pictures on the wall, a rock water fall by the door and on the other wall several pictures with the caption “A piece of Paradise enjoyed at Dutch Pot below the pictures. The other wall included a map of Jamaica with a caption of Manchester, Jamaica where Dutch Pot was birthed with a brief history written on it. I interviewed with Candy Henry who is the HR manager of the Dutch Pot and PR person. She stated that she has been with the company only one year; however, she stated that the Dutch Pot was opened by two sisters, Cherry Marshall and Meloney Gregory, 17 years ago in Plantation. They now have a chain of six restaurants in Florida.
Henry was asked what does she believe is the success of the Dutch Pot and she stated “Two praying sisters.” She stated that they are women of great faith, they give back to their community by building homes and sending students to school. She also stated that their food is “fresh” they cut up everything in the kitchen and don’t use frozen items or from a can. I also got a chance to speak with Marshall, one of the owners, who stated that the “Dutch Pot cooks fresh food every day. We are a restaurant that people can trust, we are faith based, and committed to serving the community.”
The menu offers a wide variety of Jamaican dishes such as Ackee and Salt fish, cornmeal porridge, soup, brown stew chicken, jerk chicken, curry goat, and cow foot just to name a few. I had the brown stew chicken and it was mouth-watering. I also had homemade carrot juice which was delicious. All the products were fresh and the dishes had the warmth of homemade food. It appears that the chefs do take great care in selecting the best quality ingredients. As far as the price, it’s reasonable from $4.95 lunch meal for a week day lunch special t. I had a pleasant dining experience with food that tasted authentically Jamaican. For this reason I highly recommend going to the Dutch Pot, “Out of many, one pot.” For your next dining experience, you wouldn’t regret it.