Caribbean Cuisine Jamaican Patties at Emanu El Memorial Cemetery

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I recently joked to some friends that, at the current lot valuations by the Harris County Appraisal District, not to mention that I like having a real front and back yard, I’m effectively paying $26 a square foot for grass. Which I guess is why many builders around town cut down the gorgeous old trees and drop down mega-mansions, which a friend of mine calls BFGs ( big f’ing Georgians). I can understand it, but I still hate that it has to happen. Call me a tree-hugger, I guess.

And that got me to thinking that pretty soon the only alternative green spaces to our parks will be our wonderful old cemeteries. Whenever I go to Caribbean Cuisine (7433 Bissonnet, 713-774-7428) to pick up some Jamaican patties, I love to enjoy my lunch in the tranquility of the Emanu El Memorial Cemetery, just a little west of C.C. on Bissonnet.

Patties are meat pies, typically filled with a mixture of ground beef, bread crumbs, onions, garlic, Jamaican curry powder, chiles, maybe some thyme or other herbs, and salt. Now, patties hold their warmth remarkably well and many are the times that I have burned the roof of my mouth trying to eat one too soon. I have my personal method of cooling down a few (just hang them out of your car window) to enjoy in the tranquility of Emanu El before heading back to the office.

In addition to patties, Caribbean Cuisine serves the type of traditional Jamaican fare that Robb Walsh has written about in his Traveling Jamaica With Knife, Fork and Spoon.

Wednesdays and Fridays C.C. has a lunch buffet that is an excellent opportunity to sample a bunch of good stuff (goat curry, jerk chicken, coco bread), washed down with homemade ginger beer. – Jay Francis

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