South San Francisco has never been a restaurant hot spot, but this rookie could be a sign of things to come. The secret is already out among residents and Genentech employees, who fill the casual space for its good food, gracious service, and groovy reggae beats. Flavas is decorated with basic furnishings and ocean-themed art, but its appeal is right there in the name. Authentic dishes brim with herbs, garlic, and Scotch Bonnet peppers, like the smoky and boldly spiced jerk chicken with caramelized fried plantains; or bready morsels of ackee cooked with salt cod and coupled with pickled cabbage and carrot. Make sure to keep an eye out for their intriguing daily specials, which may reveal jerk shrimp, snapper, and other island staples.
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