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The Jerk Shack

Just off West Commerce is an unlikely spot to find jerk chicken, but Jamaican chef Nicola Blaque has turned a former taqueria into a Caribbean destination, with rave reviews online and hungry folks in line. (By the way, she’s a grad of the local Culinary Institute of America.) Our favorite: oxtail, braised in aromatic Jamaican gravy and served with “rice N peas” and sautéed cabbage. Spicy chicken, falling off the bone, was mighty fine too. Order by the plate or pound and expect to find your tongue a tad seared by meal’s end. The outdoor patios, filled with diners feasting on fried chicken wings with mac and cheese, are simple and spare, with shady communal picnic tables. Warning: the generously portioned food is often sold out long before the restaurant closes.

City: San Antonio


Drinks: BYOB

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 117 Matyear Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78237

Hours: L Tue–Sat. D Fri & Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 210-776-7780

Website: https://www.thejerkshacksatx.com/

Last updated: October 2, 2018