100 Favorite Dishes, No. 26: The Jerk Chicken At Island Spot

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To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

If you've ever smelled jerk chicken smoking away on the grill, you know how captivating the scent can be. Allspice and cinnamon prick the olfactories while a tinge of heat and electricity heightens all your other senses. Most Jamaican restaurants make use of pre-made seasonings (Walkerswood is the most popular) and Island Spot in Carrollton (2661 Midway Road #105) is no different, but a waitress there told me the jarred spice blend is only the start.

They go on to add spices and aromatics to hop up the flavor and amp up the heat, before letting chicken parts soak in the marinade for days. The piquant poultry then spends time on a grill that imparts smoke, even though its fired by gas. It's the burnt, caked marinade that adds a dusky flavor that's almost as good as jerk that comes off a pimento wood-fired grill. Skip the lunch portion ($7.95) and order the dinner size for only $2 more. You'll finish all of it.

And ditch the sauce. Good jerk, like good brisket, needs nothing at all.

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No. 100: The Cleaver and Block Burger at NHS Tavern
No. 99: The Bone Marrow at the Meddlesome Moth
No. 98: Arepas at Zaguan Latin Cafe
No. 97: Jalapeno Poppers at City Tavern
No. 96: Elotes: Everywhere
No. 95: Dan-Dan Noodles at Royal China
No. 94: Smoked Ham Mac and Cheese at The Porch
No. 93: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 92: Regina Margherita At Cane Rosso
No. 91: Devils On Horseback At The Chesterfield
No. 90: Ginger Soy Baby Back Ribs at Tei Tei Robata
No. 89: Croissants From Rush Patisserie
No. 88: The Reuben At The Cock & Bull
No. 87: The Brisket at Pecan Lodge
No. 86: The Roast Chicken At Bolsa
No. 85: Chicken-Fried Egg at Union Bear
No. 84: Brisket Tacos At Manny's
No. 83: The Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes at Smoke
No. 82: The Oxtail Ragout at Central 214
No. 81: The Italian Beef At Jimmy's
No. 80: Pulled Whole Hog BBQ Eggs Benedict at Smoke
No. 79: Veal Cheeks At Bijoux
No. 78: Sweet Shrimp At Yutaka
No. 77: Pho At Lemongrass
No. 76: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 75: Pepper Bomb At Goodfriend
No. 74:Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua
No. 73: Fish and Chips at the Londoner
No. 72: Italian Combo At Carbone's
No. 71: Breakfast Schnitzel At Crossroads Diner
No. 70: Berkshire Pork Belly Buns at Howard Wang's Uptown
No. 69: Bolognese At Princi Italia
No. 68: Cabrito a la Parrilla at El Ranchito
No. 67: Kimchee French Fries At sSahm Food Truck
No. 66: Just About Any Burger At Off Site Kitchen
No. 65: St. Pete's Chili Dog
No. 64: Mesa's Enmoladas
No. 63: Pork and Octopus at Oak
No. 62: Spicy Crispy Wings At Malai
No. 61: Spicy Fish Soup At Korea House
No. 60: Deviled Eggs At R&D Kitchen
No. 59: Falafel At Fadia Bakery
No. 58: Bistec Con Queso At El Tizoncito
No. 57: The Burger At Local
No. 56: Patty Melt At NHS
No. 55: Guisado Verde Tacos At La Nueva Fresh And Hot
No. 54: CFS At All Good Cafe
No. 53: Ramen At Tei-An
No. 52: Fried Chicken At Sissy's
No. 51: Sampler Plate With Samoon at Judi Bakery
No. 50: Dolmas At Pera Turkish Kitchen
No. 49: The Sloppy Taco At Off Site Kitchen
No. 48: The Fried Bologna Sandwich At Maple And Motor
No. 47: Sour Cream Enchiladas At Mia's
No. 46: Pork Banh Mi At Nammi
No. 45: White Clam Pizza At Nonna
No. 44: Banh Mi From Nammi
No. 43: Pastor Tacos At La Banqueta
No. 42: The Brunch Burger At The Grape
No. 41: The Scotch Egg At Central 214
No. 40: The Nooner At Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 39: The Large Tabouleh at Ali Baba
No. 38: The Chile Relleno At Avila's
No. 37: The Brussels Sprouts Fritters At Snack
No. 36: Loukoumathes At Greek Fest
No. 35: Coffee and Doughnuts At Rosemont
No. 34: DIY Fried Chicken Taco at Pollo Campero
No. 33: International Bakery Cuban Dulceria's Cubano
No. 32: The Pork Chop At Acme F&B
No. 31: The Crispy Duck At Bangkok City
No. 30: Panamericana Torta At Tortas la Hechizera
No. 29: Tom Kha Gai At Bambu
No. 28: Hummus and Super Bread at Pepper Smash
No. 27: The Fried Chicken Sandwich At Union Bear



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4 comments
J_A_
J_A_

Why is rice plated neatly this way so appetizing looking? I love doing this at home.

scottreitz
scottreitz

@cityofate I'm relatively certain it's the best in Dallas

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