Millie’s Jamaican Cafe , now known as Mama Millies, in the UCF area in the plaza behind McDonald’s on Alafaya and University recently underwent major interior and menu renovations, all for the better.
Millie’s used to be a small hole in the wall type place with bright fluorescent lighting and sparse, all in all very typical and all in all not a very glamourous place to dine in.
However, the owners of Lazy Moon nearby have apparently provided their personal touch in the transformation of Millie’s Jamaican Cafe to Mama Millies. The lighting is much more easy on the eyes, darker and more classy. Giant photos of scenes from Jamaica and the Caribbean decorate the walls like a photo art exhibit, an absolutely stunning photo of an elderly woman delighting in a smoked cigar particularly jumps out at me.
The order system is the same where you head to the front counter and are greeted by a young and jovial man named Matt, who is also the current purveyor of the establishment. In the past the place has been known for slightly spotty, whimsical service, but today everything is just jammin.
She is enjoying the simple things in life
Kingston Bowl: Jerk chicken with rice and cabbage
Kingston Bowl: Curry Chicken with rice and veggies
Another addition to the newly revamped menu are the various combos that offer choice of meat, side and drinks all for a reasonable price. In fact most of the items here are under $10, minus seafood items. My favorite items are the stew beef and bashy wraps, however I do notice that some of the chicken items are a bit dry and stringy at times.
One thing that hasn’t changed to Mama Millie’s is that dear Mama Millie still wanders the restaurant from table to table from time to time to check up on how things are going, all with the same contagious, wide smile.
I haven't been here in a while and didn't realize this place had a name change. I should go back sometime!
I really like Millie's, and will miss the quaint "hole-in-the-wall" charm of the former decor. But I hope these new changes will mean more business for her. The food is authentic and portions are large. The Goat Roti is simply delicious and my recommendation.