ya mon jerk grill

Ya Mon Jerk Grill
1636 Howard St, Chicago, IL, USA

I was out running errands (dealing bootleg Viagra, if you must know) and it was getting to be late in the day when I realized I hadn't eaten anything. I figured I'd get a little something to tide me over as I didn't want to spoil my dinner. Someone must have raised me right! Though it couldn't have been my parents … savages, those people!

ya mon jerk grill

I happened upon Ya Mon, which I'd always wanted to try, but felt sheepish after what went down between me and Miss Jamaica 1997 (long story). It's a very cute place, like a tiny little Jamaican dollhouse. But no voodoo dolls! When I dropped in it was slow, so I had the place to myself other than a guy who kept coming in and doing a little dance, then leaving.

ya mon!

One jerk taco, $4.41. You can get two for $7. Interestingly, the taco was very much how you'd make it at home, right down to the store-bought flour tortilla, shredded cheese, and sour cream. But the delicious, smoky flavor of the jerk chicken rendered the whole thing pretty extraordinary. I found myself craving it later on as I ate my dinner, which ironically enough was spoiled vichyssoise.

Review by Pumboo Dongo-Dohnoh, February 2020