9. We're on the cutting edge of new developments in taco consumption
Like the jerk taco. Asian fusion tacos are so yesterday. Chicago's great (yet still largely unknown) food trend is the jerk taco. Started by the appropriately named Jerk Taco Man, and a staple of the West Side, these spicy treats can now be found all over both the South and West Sides. While the match of spicy smokey jerk chicken with cooling onions and cilantro is expertly done across the city, we still think the loaded version from the original are the best. Find 'em at 604 N Cicero.
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Titus Ruscitti is a contributing writer for Thrillist and the man behind Chicago Taco Tour. You can join him on his taco-specific travels throughout the cityscape there, or his general food ones on his blog, where he's single-handedly tackled close to 1,000 food stops. Follow him @chibbqking.