OAK CLIFF – Caribbean vibes can be hard to find in the Metroplex, but one Oak Cliff eatery is looking to bring the breeze to Big-D. It's The Island Spot and according to owner Richard Thomas, the key ingredient to good Jamaican food is time.
"You can't really do it without slowing down and actually trying to do it right,” Thomas told NewsFix.
And some of the items they're doing right include the jerk chicken, the jerk burger, and Mama's Joyce's ox tails, a recipe by Thomas' mom.
"We slow cook it by first putting the first batch of seasoning, skim it off and put in the second batch of seasoning,” Thomas said. "Just the cooking part is over four hours."
Chew on This: The Island Spot is putting an island twist on a brunch classic, with the jerk shrimp and grits.
"I never had grits before I came to America, so it took a while for me to get used to it,” Thomas said. "We use coconut milk with some coconut flakes. We cook it in it, a little bit of butter, and some seasoning. Creamy type of texture that goes well with the spicy shrimp."
At the end of the day, it's not all about the Jamaican food, but also the Jamaican culture.
"We share the Jamaican culture through three pieces -- rich food, Reggae music, and rum," Thomas told NewsFix. "Because that's a big part of our culture. The biggest thing I ever want from any customer is that they can leave here knowing a little bit more about me and who we are as Jamaican people."
We can say cheers to that!