As the rest of the nation goes completely gaga for all things street food, Chicago remains doggedly on the sidelines, thanks to strict laws preventing food vendors from cooking on the move. We can console ourselves with stationary hot dog stands, secret illegal taquerias, or restaurants that bring street food indoors (in a beautifully ironic twist, Xoco has terminated its carryout service) — or, as Time Out Chicago discovered, we can just pick up the phone and call Three J’s.
The South shore Jamaican-soul-food restaurant runs a roving Loop-based lunch truck that will come to you, if you hit it at the right time. (The truck skirts illegality by only serving pre-cooked, re-warmed food from its parent restaurant, rather than making things from scratch.) 773-918-9594 gets a vehicle full of beef patties, peach cobbler, and jerk chicken pulled up right in front of your office — not to mention a little taste of the truck-and-cart excitement that the rest of the country’s losing their heads over.