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Back A Yard occupies a tiny storefront on Willow Road just east of 101. The restaurant is painted a bright lime green inside and has just four tables. The reggae emanating from the kitchen, the Jamaican tourist posters on the wall and the swinging screen door contribute to an easy-going, casual vibe. It's mainly a takeout place, but the 10 chairs are usually filled up, especially at lunch.
For such a small restaurant, the menu is quite varied. In what chef/owner Robert Simpson says is a nod to the tastes of the neighborhood, it includes a few American dishes like hamburgers, barbecued meats and fried fish. The jerk and oxtails are the real standouts.