A new restaurant is spicing up lunch in Sumter and bringing an authentic taste of Jamaica to the South.
Co-owners Antwun Wilson and his wife, Sonia Wilson, are serving up heaping portions of everything from curried shrimp and the country's famous …
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Good Vibes Jamaican Restaurant
Where: 667 W. Liberty St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Call: (803) 406-1940
Co-owners Antwun Wilson and his wife, Sonia Wilson, are serving up heaping portions of everything from curried shrimp and the country's famous jerk chicken to brown stew fish and oxtail and goat.
"I had a vision based on my experience of having my wife's cooking over the years to bring that gastronomic experience to Sumter," Antwun Wilson said.
The couple met in the United States, but Sonia Wilson grew up in Jamaica and took her husband home. He said he loves how Jamaican food is packed with flavor from spices and herbs and seasoning using natural ingredients that result in a healthier option than meals with processed ingredients.
The curry is not too spicy, and the oxtail is fall-off-the-bone tender.
"Everyone has a gift, and hers is cooking," he said of his wife. "I wanted to help her realize her goal as a Jamaican chef."
Sonia Wilson said she started cooking as a teenager and expanded to cooking for the public when she was 21. She would serve food at a bar she owned in Jamaica, and the compliments came in as soon as the food went out.
"You name it, I can cook it," she said. "I do no shortcuts, just like my grandma would do, and my mother. That's how I do."
She said she doesn't use anything processed or canned, which takes more time and costs more but is worth it for the taste and the ingredients.
"I want people to not just enjoy the food," she said, "but have the mindset and peace of mind that it's healthy."
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