Opened in February by couple Tiara and Anthony Harriot, Good Vybz Restaurant & Lounge is bringing the flavors of Jamaica to metro Detroit. Tiara says she’s always had an interest in cooking. Anthony, who is from Jamaica, taught Tiara how to make authentic Jamaican cuisine. She was drawn to the taste and bright visuals of the food, which matches its strong flavor.
“There’s a lot of color. They use a lot of peppers. It’s a colorful, fun food,” she says. After testing recipes with family and friends and seeing their reactions, Tiara finally decided to open a restaurant. “I built up my clients at home, serving meals to anyone that’s interested in Jamaican food,” Tiara says.
Flavor is at the heart of Jamaican food, and Good Vybz has it. Spices and ingredients are imported directly from Jamaica to ensure an authentic taste. Among their signature dishes are classics such as curry, oxtail and jerk chicken, served with mouthwatering sides like coconut cornbread, red beans, rice and cabbage.
While you can find traditional Jamaican meals, Good Vybz also offers experimental dishes, like Tiara’s Rasta Pasta. “I came up with it – basically Alfredo pasta with my own twist.” Tiara says. Customers can choose between chicken or shrimp pasta tweaked with flavorful Jamaican seasonings in a homemade sauce. Pair your choice with a Jamaican soft drink or juice.
Looking forward, Good Vybz plans to open up their lounge when COVID restrictions are lifted, expand the menu and apply for a liquor license.
32758 Grand River Ave., Farmington