Caribbean House

You can not underestimate the power of first impressions.  When Lesley and I first walked into Caribbean House restaurant, we were a little taken aback by their lack of organization.  We are not the type of people who expect a super-polished, corporate smoothed dining experience.  We were a bit worried when our server told us that there were no menus, and our silverware was wrapped in paper towels.  Our server was very friendly, but seemed to be a little overwhelmed which is not what you expect at three in the afternoon.  Anyway, we stared at the board in the foyer, ordered, and sat down at a table outside.

Maybe this disorganization is deliberate, because what came out of the kitchen was amazing.  I had ordered the ox-tails which I had never eaten before.  They were fantastic.  Succulent bites of beef that just melted off this rather strange-looking bones.  They reminded me in taste and texture of the beef short ribs.  Lesley got the jerk chicken which was like no other jerk chicken.  Most jerk chicken I have had has just been rubbed with jerk seasoning and slapped on a grill.  This was slow-cooked with a marinade that made it so juicy and tender.  The side items were amazing.  The rice and beans were cooked perfectly, and the festival was a revelation.  I really don’t want to oversell the place.  It’s possible that all Caribbean restaurants are this wonderful, but I will be hard press to try another one when this one is so good and so close.


About magnetandsteel

This is a collaborative blog shared with my wife. We are recent transplants to Jacksonville from Knoxville, TN where we both went to college. Right now we plan on the blog to focus on our everyday passions like photography and cooking as well as the pop culture things we take in on a regular basis.
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