To that end, we present two more steps in your noble journey, both of which are open now.
First, meet Jerk (pictured left).
Yes, a brick-and-mortar version of the Jamaican barbecue food truck you’ve been chasing for the last few years has permanently parked itself in River West.
You order Chipotle-style (beef, pork, chicken...) and then choose a jerk sauce. Their Caribbean pimento wood ensures your jerk wings are jerky enough, and your beef brisket sliders and jerk mac and cheese are... what they are.
Oh, and don’t forget the rum in its various forms like the Gilbert ’88 (their version of a Dark and Stormy) and what they call a Ting-A-Ling (over-proofed rum with Ting Jamaican grapefruit soda).
Congrats on getting to say “Ting” now.
Next up: Glaze.
A West Coast import doing quick-serve teriyaki in what looks like a well-appointed, mid-century Japanese home. But it’s in Lakeview.
Choose a protein (breast, thigh, salmon, tofu...) and your level of spice. The thing to get here, though: Yaki Wings. The other thing: gyoza. The other other thing: your own booze. It’s BYOB.
So that worked out.