A taste of Jamaica has touched down in Cranbrook

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Aleitha Harvey smiles in front of her sign for her restaurant, Ella’s.

Aleitha Harvey is the owner of Ella’s restaurant inside Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, which offers an authentic Jamaican experience. — Photo courtesy Aleitha Harvey

There’s a new authentic Jamaican restaurant in Cranbrook, and it’s ja-makin’ Kootenaians crazy with excitement. Ella’s, located inside the Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, serves breakfast and Jamaican-infused dinners.

“As the only Jamaican Caribbean restaurant in the East and West Kootenays, we are grateful for this niche,” said Aleitha Harvey, owner of Ella’s. “Cranbrook is growing in diversity and, being a hub for the Kootenays, we knew there would be great appreciation for our offerings.”

Ella’s authentic Jamaican dishes are true to culture and origin. A few of their most popular dishes are the jerk chicken, braised oxtail and curried goat.

“Our fried chicken is a ‘wow’ at every serving, and the jerk tacos are addictive,” Harvey said. “We keep things fresh and always ensure an experience for guests who chose us. They leave with a smile and, many times, a to-go box.”

Jerk tacos on a plate on a table.

Jerk tacos are an addictive, popular dish at Ella’s. — Photo courtesy Aleitha Harvey

Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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