A slightly rundown strip mall near the intersection of two major highways may not be the first location you’d expect to find a wee taste of the islands, but you’d be wrong. Caribbean Grill is many things -- a grocery store, a restaurant, a live music venue -- but most of all it’s a place to get damn fine jerk chicken. Besides Jamaica’s famous spicy grilled poultry, there are also curried goat, meat patties, stewed oxtail and appropriately Caribbean beverages including ginger beer and Jamaican sodas. Service is warm and friendly, if perhaps a bit slow (remember, they’re on island time), so relax and have another Red Stripe while you gaze at the island-themed murals and await your food. Those bearing a hearty appetite will find value in the lunch buffet, where they can load up on curried chicken, cabbage and red beans and rice; hot-heads will want to ask for a bottle of the blazing hot scotch bonnet sauce.
Ever since our first visit to Miami, we've been hooked on the Cuban sandwich--not the slab-o'-pork crammed between two slices of cardboard they're serving up at Little Havana but the real thing, which melts in your mouth before it even hits your tongue. See, with a good Cuban sandwich, it's not just about the pork and pickles and melted cheese, but the bread, which has to be tender and sweet, like our high-school girlfriend. At this Northwest Dallas joint, they serve up a proper Cuban--and... More »
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