Like most Jamaican joints, this carry-out shop has about as much ambiance as the waiting room at the auto repair shop. But, man, that oxtail stew. Operated by a self-taught Jamaican expat, Ocho Rios dishes up the usual spread of jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtail stew, beef patty and curry chicken. But none of it is "usual." The jerk chicken comes across as tropical, almost sweet, until the slow and steady drumbeat of heat takes over. Pudding-soft oxtails luxuriate in a rich, flavorful gravy. The curried goat might be the best excuse to eat that ornery animal ever. Everything is paired with homey rice, beans and warm cabbage slaw. Most people get their food to go, but dining in at the lone table and chatting up the boss is half the fun.
1007 Ivanhoe Rd., 216-249-6246.
© 2017 Cleveland Scene