Reggae and Jerk Chicken at Gemma Love's

Authentic Jamaican food on SoCo

Curried chicken and ox tail combo.
Curried chicken and ox tail combo.

Blast reggae from the open window of your food trailer and you have my full attention. Cook me delicious, hard-to-find-in-Austin food (all while dancing) and my heart is yours. Gem Solomon had me at “Hello, would you like some samples?”

Gemma Love’s Authentic Jamaican Food has been in the parking lot at Crow Bar for less than a month. It is one of many trailers to have a stint at the bar, and we hope this one sticks.

The menu is sweet and simple- jerk chicken, stewed ox tail, curried lamb and chicken, all served with rice, salad, and Jamaican potato salad.

Maybe it’s the Rasta vibe, but I swear the curried chicken smelled like grade-A cheeba. The flavor was bright and I couldn’t stop eating it. I’ve never been to Jamaica, but it was better than the curries I’ve had in other Caribbean countries.

Solomon advertises love and you really can taste it in the 'home cooked' meals she offers, making you feel like you’re a guest in her home rather than drunk on a side street.

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