Omnivore - Friday night report: Stir It Up reopens in Midtown

Jamaican spot moves from Little Five Points


When Stir It Up, a Jamaican restaurant in Little Five Points, closed back in August, I was forlorn. Owners (phenomenally beautiful) Vivian and (phenomenally talented) Christopher Williams made the decision after a series of conflicts with their landlord.

Now - oh happy day - the restaurant has reopened in Midtown on 12th Street. My Friday night dining pals and I dined there last week during its "soft opening." We had visited the original location more than any other restaurant during the last three-plus years.

The food ranges from hot-and-spicy jerk chicken (pictured) or shrimp to milder dishes like brown stews made with various meats and seafood. Thus, the scotch-bonnet scaredy cats can dine deliciously without fear. Williams' sauces, as I wrote in 2011, are layered with flavors. It's not that the brown stew doesn't have a piquant quality, but it's comparatively subtle, offset by diversionary sweet notes.

The menu is abbreviated for the time-being. The salted cod with cabbage and fried dumplings, a particularly savory dish, is not on the current menu but will return, along with others in a week or two.

The restaurant is roomier but still cozy, with a heated patio and downstairs space still in the works. It is open for lunch as well as dinner 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. The phone number, hard to find for now, is 404-600-5871. Honestly, I'd call ahead to make sure it's open.