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OAK CLIFF – Jamaican vibes can be hard to come by in the Metroplex, especially now that the temp is dropping. But one spot is looking take you away with three simple things — Reggae, rum, and food. It’s The Island Spot in Oak Cliff.

Owner Richard Thomas and his crew are cooking up Caribbean treats that’ll both welcome and satisfy anyone — from island natives, to first timers.

I got a chance to try Mama Joyce’s ox tails, a recipe from Thomas’ mother. And the shrimp and grits — a Jamaican take on the southern brunch favorite.

And you can’t forget the rum.