Caribbean Warmth for Three Decades

The Real Jerk is a Toronto restaurant tradition. For three decades, Ed and Lily Pottinger have been offering delicious Caribbean cuisine in a laid back West Indian atmosphere: their iconic sunshiny logo is a beacon for good food and good times.


Our original Toronto store on Queen St.

In 1984, The Real Jerk opened its first Toronto location at Queen and Greenwood, before moving to its well-known flagship restaurant at the corner of Queen and Broadview.  The Jerk Pit on Richmond was hopping then too, winning awards for live reggae music.

Since 2013, we’ve been cooking 7 days a week at our main Gerrard location, and at our smaller Beaches spot on Kingston Road - and we’re expanding into the west-side soon.  Want The Real Jerk in your community? Contact us about having your own Restaurant:

“Our goal is to introduce you to the wonderful world of Jamaican cuisine, whether you visit our restaurant or try our recipes at home.”

Over the years, Ed & Lily’s warmth and hospitality have made them beloved community members, and turned customers into friends.  City visitors and tourists who’ve found The Real Jerk in guides like Blog T.O. and Lonely Planet always return with friends.  Up, up!


Caribbean Soul Food Queen

What is The Real Jerk’s secret spice?  It’s owner and chef Lily Pottinger.

Lily’s passion for food started in her Jamaican childhood, and her traditional recipes - made Lily’s own over decades - are infused with warmth and love.






The Real Jerk chef and co-owner Lily Pottinger recently shared some traditional Caribbean cooking on Canada AM. On the menu: Curry Shrimp.

For this deelish recipe and others, buy your own TRJ cookbook.



Lily’s cookbook, The Real Jerk: New Caribbean Cuisine, is an easy to follow Caribbean cooking bible.  Buy one for $25.00 at our locations, or contact us at to have one shipped.

The Real Jerk Gerrard

(416) 463-6055

The Real Jerk Beaches

(416) 690-8752

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