Birthed in 2019, Sazón de Panama is the heart and vision of restaurant owners, Tye and Lajae Jacobs. Originally from Panama City, Panama in Central America, and Goodwater, Alabama respectively, both Tye and Lajae bring creativity, flavor, and a focus on connecting people through the power of healthy eating and cooking. Their vision is to create a restaurant where the focus is on food that tastes good to your soul and making sure that people feel welcome from the moment they enter through their doors. Through that vision, Sazón de Panama becomes the first Panamanian restaurant in the Midwest located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tye Jacobs is the mastermind behind Sazón de Panama’s authentic Panamanian cuisine. At the tender age of 7 years old, Tye began creating her style of preparing flavorful, delicious, and healthy dishes. While living in one of America’s finest melting pot cities, known for its eclectic mix of cultures, customs, and traditions, Tye developed her skills even more while being raised on the streets of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Tye’s cuisine adopts different genres of foods, hailing from the Caribbean, including spices from Jamaica, sauces from Trinidad, and herbs from Panama.
She meticulously puts all of these skills together to create what is now called, Sazón de Panama. Every bite is a creation of her love for authentic cuisine that is true to its culture and roots.
At Sazón de Panama, your taste buds will be tickled with not only the creations from around the world, but, you will also be delighted by the southern-style foods that we have all come to know and love. Married to a Southern, Black man and raised by her American father, Tye also learned the art of cooking American food with a twist. Hence, the creation of Jae’s Grill.
The grill fare food of Sazón de Panama will shock and please your taste buds all in one sitting. If you are ready for fall-off-the-bone meat and comfort food that sticks to your soul, Sazón is the place to be!
A final edition to this restaurant is their ability to bring their food to your home. Are you in the market for a meal prep service that can take the “guess work” out of calorie counting and finding what foods pair good with others? Well, look no further. Tye’s Tasteful Plateful (TTP) Meal prep packages are a gem! All meals are under 500 calories or less and will have you rethinking food that is good for you can actually taste good. TTP started as a way to help Tye and Jae’s gym clients lose weight while still eating delicious food that helped them on their weight loss journey. The vision that seals all of this together is not only the restaurant and grill with the meal prep packages, but also, Tye and Lajae want to make an impact in their community. Feeding people with love, but also, teaching healthy eating habits with programs they plan to implement in the local Indianapolis community and surrounding areas. We hope you try everything on our menu. Check us out, invite a friend. Consider going to our Facebook page at Sazón de Panama to learn more about us. We appreciate you and your willingness to try new things. You DESERVE IT!