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  1. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    Spam musubi from Homage Street Food

  2. Photograph: Tim Burkhart
    Photograph: Tim Burkhart

    Hummingbird Kitchen (braised lamb sandwich)

  3. Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
    Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

    Tamales fromTamalespaceship

  4. Photograph: Jeremy Bolen
    Photograph: Jeremy Bolen

    Isla de Cafe (malloraca)

  5. Purchase Time Out Chicago's 2012 Eating & Drinking Guide.

100 best things we ate (and drank) in 2011 | Food trucks

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Curb appeal
Catching up with food trucks in Chicago was not a problem this year—in fact, the things were as prevalent and predictable as blunders in a Republican presidential debate (hey-oh!). In reality, the problem was sussing out the truly delicious food from the stuff no one would consider eating if it weren’t being served out of a moving vehicle. But the real deal presented itself as Spam musubi from Homage Street Food, braised lamb sandwich from Hummingbird Kitchen, mole-drenched tamales from Tamalespaceship and the malloraca, a Puerto Rican take on the monte cristo, from Isla de Cafe. These should silence any noise about our lackluster street-food scene.

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