I am looking for restaurants that use Oxtail. Fantastic ingredient. Also I do want to know who you think has the best dish using it?
In San Diego...China Max makes a lovely Ox Tail Stew. The Ralphs at Balboa and Genesee typically carries it in their meat section if you care to have a go at it yourself.
Right off the top of my head, I enjoy the Oxtails from Island Spice Jamaican Restaurant. It is a bit high on the "gelatin scale", which is why I probably enjoy it so much.
Island Spice Jamaican Restaurant
2820 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102
Being from Hawaii, I make my own Oxtail soup at home most of the time........
Caribbean Taste at 6171 Imperial Avenue in Encanto has great Jamaican style stewed oxtails. They come in a delicious brown gravy with butter beans, served with beans and rice, mixed veggies and plantains that are perfectly cooked. My sister and I are thrilled to have found some good oxtails in SD. In fact, we just got home from having lunch there.
Kirk, if you liked the Oxtails from Island Spice, I recommend you try Carribean Taste. I found them to pack a little more flavor than the ones at Island Spice, and you can ask for them spicier if you so desire.
They also have a small area in the back of the restaurant where you can pick up Jamaican and Caribbean style pantry items.
Betty Jean's soul food place on 54th just off Euclid has a great oxtail dish. Simply prepared, wonderfully rich and gelatinous. I love this casual spot, like eating at a neighbor's house...a neighbor who knows how to cook great soul food. They also have the best fried chicken I've had in SD, and excellent fried catfish.