Subway: Purple (rush hrs), Red, Yellow to Howard(773) 764-1546 jamaicajerk-il.com42.019263 -87.672557 1631 W Howard St (between Paulina St and Marshfield Ave) Rogers Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $10
The Chicago-Evanston border has long been home to much of the North Side’s Jamaican cuisine. Among the tried-and-true, we like this tranquil ocean-blue dining room. Conch fritters and channa cakes (fried chickpea patties) are greaseless with fragrant curry notes; and the saltfish—slightly funky, salty pieces of dried fish hiding tiny morsels of bacon and peppers—is a must-try. Jerk chicken is deliciously seasoned but speak up if you’d like more heat. Don’t skip the Grape Nuts ice cream for dessert.