San Antonio’s Jamaican food stand The Jerk Shack is on GQ’s list of best new pre-coronavirus restaurants


Sharing the spotlight among 16 restaurants from coast to coast, Jamaican walk-in restaurant in San Antonio, The Jerk Shack, earned a spot on GQ magazine’s list of best new restaurants.

“New” might be a generous app here, but it’s an honor nonetheless for The Jerk Shack, which opened in 2018, earning accolades from the Express-News for its jerk chicken, oxtails braised braised chicken wings and a place in the Express-News “Top 100 Dining & Drinks” guide. The restaurant was also included in Esquire Magazine’s list of Best New Restaurants for 2019.

To create the list, GQ writer Brett Martin visited 93 restaurants in 23 cities in the days leading up to the coronavirus pandemic. Martin addressed the grim reality of restaurant life in the midst of lockdown life: “As I type, each of these 93 restaurants I’ve visited is either closed, limited to take out and deliver, either, it seems clear, soon will be one or the other. “

The Jerk Shack at 117 Matyear St. on the city’s West Side has yet to reopen its patio, but it offers take out and delivery by calling 210-776-7780.

Martin singled out The Jerk Shack for its spicy jerk chicken and “beefy cheer of oxtails,” glowing with happiness in a side piece with a report that chef and owner Lattoia Massey – who goes by the nom de guerre Nicola Blaque – and her husband, Cornelius Masssey, welcomed a baby boy in April.

The Masseys are also expanding their working family, with plans to add a new Caribbean sandwich stand called Mi Roti to the Pearl’s Bottling Department food hall soon.

Austin’s DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya was the only other Texas restaurant on the GQ list.

Mike Sutter is a food and beverage reporter and restaurant critic in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. To learn more about Mike, become a subscriber. [email protected] | Twitter: @fedmanwalking | Instagram: @fedmanwalking

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