Serious Jamaican Jerk Smoked & Grilled on North Side


I’ve had jerk chicken and pork from the source – Boston Beach, Jamaica – but I’ve rarely had jerk in Chicago that matched the flavor profile of those spicy, tongue-blistering, sweat-inducing memories. Thankfully, a former food truck has expanded to a full-time brick-and-mortar operation on the city’s Near North Side, now cranking out Jamaican food with the same bold, untamed marinades and sauces I remember from that island getaway many years ago.



  1. paul worsterberg of the deplacements

    October 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    perhaps I missed it, but what is the name of the brick and mortar restaurant??

    • Steve Dolinsky

      October 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill. 811 W. Chicago Ave.

  2. RandallKRAMER

    January 14, 2017 at 6:13 am

    compares to the JERK PORK & JERK CHICKEN served as a
    Weekend only special @ Chicago’s only Caribbean-American Bakery on Howard,
    Between Sheridan and The RedLine.
    Their “vegetable” side of cabbage alone is worth the trip.
    Best place- for Jamaican Patties- as well- their take on Empanadas!
    Ask for extra sauce on your Rice & Peas- thank me later…..

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