There aren’t many options for Caribbean food in Austin. (Google "Caribbean food Austin" and half the results are Cuban restaurants, which aren't quite the same thing). Among the few stands a small food trailer called Caribbean Greille next to Hill Country Pierogi on East 11th Street.
Caribbean Greille serves curries and jerk meats, oxtail, “Jamaican Patties” (meat and vegetable pies), and sides like fried plantains. On a recent visit I decided to try the oxtail, which was recommended along with the jerk pork as being good that day, and on a whim added a chicken Jamaican Patty.
The Jamaican Patty on its own would have made a satisfying light meal, especially with a side of fried plantains. The crust was thin and light, and the filling was hearty and aromatic and spiced with a yellow curry. It was delicious and made me wish it was cool outside instead of 90 degrees, but it still worked. When I told the man behind the counter that I liked spice, he handed me a small container filled with a thick, dark red sauce. The dipping sauce had an umami flavor and a nice chili pepper aftertaste.
The oxtail I ordered was a hearty, simple meal that was outstanding in the preparation (but without the spicier flavors I associate with Caribbean food). The dish was served with rice and beans, carrots and stewed plantains. The oxtail was served with only a fork, and it turns out the proprietor knew what he was doing because the meat fell easily off the bone with just a plastic fork. It was almost like perfect Texas barbecue meat: simple, moist and tender. The rice and beans was simple and not spiced, so I mixed some of the leftover chili sauce from my meat pie to add a little kick. In fact, I used that sauce on everything and it tasted good on everything, even the slightly sweet plantains.