Likely Locations: 17th & Joyce (Daily 11-6.30pm) and Lynn Alley Tue/Fri lunchtimes.
While many food truck operators aspire to own their own restaurant and often think of their truck as a stepping stone towards that goal, Red Snapper’s owners have taken a different path – as former ‘bricks and mortar’ restauranteurs, they now enjoy the flexibility of a running a truck.
Their menu varies from day to day, but they always have their most popular dishes ready for their regulars on market day. On our most recent visit we tried two of the favorites – jerk chicken and the curry goat.
The goat curry was flavorful without too much heat. It’s a comfort food type of dish, hearty and satisfying with a generous amount of tender bone-in goat. Don’t get too comfortable though, the amount of bone requires careful eating. It’s definitely a real-meat lovers dish.
We’ve had the opportunity to try our share of jerk chicken lately, and RS’s rendition is definitely a contender. The $7 portion consisted of a tender and juicy leg and thigh, and the jerk sauce was an easy favorite – thick and smoky, almost molé-like, and spicy enough to get your attention.
Each of the above dishes comes on a pile of rice and peas and with veggies, and makes for a substantial lunch at $7. A larger size is available for a dollar extra. And, gentlemen: If a filling lunch isn’t enough to get you through the work day, Red Snapper can also provide you with some ‘manback tonic’. The truck also offers a line of Jamaican movies.
On market days, Red Snapper caters to Pearl Alley Market shoppers and downtown office workers, but the rest of the week they can be found further east at Joyce and 17th.