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HamHock Jones Soul Shack

If you’re in the mood for home-cooked take-out, swing by the HamHock Jones Soul Shack food truck in Lakewood. Robert Shorts perfects home recipes for crispy fried chicken, gooey rib platters, flaky catfish, and specialty burgers — always served with a helping of Shorts’ genial sense of humor. His alter ego, “HamHock Jones,” steps away from the grill occasionally to entertain customers with guitar riffs promoting his menu. “The fries stop the cries,” he sings, “and the fish brings the bliss.” Try the Queen LaBeefa Burger, loaded with bacon, sautéed onions, and three types of cheese, and topped with a fried egg. Find the Soul Shack truck in the Shell gas station parking lot at Bridgeport Way & Steilacoom Boulevard. foodtrucktacoma.com/hamhock-jones-soul-shack

HamHock Jones Soul Shack

Soul Shack’s pulled pork grilled cheese, a surprising combo worthy of the comfort-food hall of fame. | Photo by Luggnutt Keyz

HamHock Jones Soul Shack
HamHock Jones Soul Shack