Here's another one that seems to make so much sense now that it's up and running and begs the question: What took so long? The Roost Food Truck, run by Chapel Hill, N.C., native Joe Scroggs, officially hit Chicago's streets March 12. The Roost, "officially delivering the South to Chicago," focuses on, well, Southern cooking.
Scroggs, who grew up cooking with his family and in restaurants, felt like there was a lot of the cuisine that wasn't represented in Chicago. "Most of it I found to be barbecue—don't get me wrong I'm a barbecue fiend," Scroggs said, "but there's much more to the cuisine than barbecue." With the launch of The Roost, Scroggs hopes to bring a little bit more of the South to your mouth.
The Roost truck will have a rotating menu, but will include typical Carolina cooking with things like country fried chicken, Brunswick stew, baked pimento mac and cheese, deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits and baked apples. Today, the truck will set up near Madison and Dearborn; diners can choose between breasts, thighs and drumsticks and get either two pieces and a biscuit for $7 or one piece with a biscuit for $4.50 and can add potato salad ($3.50) or peach cobbler ($4) to round out the meal.
Scroggs said that he wouldn't mind opening up an actual storefront one day, but for now, he's focusing on the truck. "The scene is up and coming and hopefully with legislation change it could be very vibrant," he said. Follow The Roost on Twitter for locations.
· The Roost [Thrillist]