As Belizean as Rice and Beans

As Belizean as Rice and Beans

There are so many things that are so Belizean to many of us. With such diversity in our country, we all have our own views of what makes Belize, so Belize-like. One dish that we all seem to share and agree on is Rice and Beans or as it is sometimes called, 1, 2 3.
Let me break that down for you:

  1. Rice and Beans
  2. Chicken
  3. and Salad. Now, on this point, there are the purist who say salad MUST be Potato Salad and there are those that quite fine if they got Cole Slaw.


My preference is Potato Salad, however I don’t mind a nice Slaw should it come with the food. My focus is primarily on what else is on the plate. Everywhere pretty much offers Rice and Beans. You can find it on any random day at just about any side food place or restaurant. My most recent road trip had me in the absolutely lovely land of Punta Gorda and I had heard about Joycelyn’s Place located right at the seaside. I had to check it out.

Their menu is to the point. They usually have BBQ, Rice and Beans with chicken or pork and of course, jerk chicken Today however, after a nice bike ride through the town, I wanted to try out the staple, 1, 2, 3.

Joycelyn’s is a small wooden building located at the beginning of Front Street under a huge “Hammans” (Almond) Tree. At first glance, you may overlook this little gem of a place but I assure you, go up the creaky steps and make your order. Joycelyn will not disappoint. Her 1, 2, 3 is delish! Perfectly moist Rice and Beans (cause who likes it dry?) with a well seasoned chicken, balanced with Cole Slaw and of course, plantain. Cost? 7 bucks. No frills here at Joycelyn’s. Just a smiling face and good food.

Don’t get food to go. Have it there and go to the “back” on their porch. Find a seat in their small space that looks out to the sea and enjoy their food with a calming view. Also, ask for their homemade pepper sauce. It adds the perfect heat to their tasty food.

RESTAURANT: Joycelyn’s
CONTACT: 661-9267
LOCATION: #1 Front Street, Punta Gorda, Toledo


post by: JC Cuellar

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