Single serving: fried chicken sandwich Whisk food truck
It is a bright sunny weekend and what better way to spend it than heading over to Treasure Island for their once of month festival featuring people selling stuff they made or want to get rid of and FOOD TRUCKS! Seriously, they really are the only reason I go and this particular Sunday there are more than normal as they celebrate seven years or something, blah, blah. I made a beeline for the trucks when I arrived, then took a slow wander to see if anything grabbed my hunger.
What happens when you have eaten at a lot of food trucks? You find yourself inside a giant circle of them and realize you have tried all but three of them. Two were poke trucks and well, raw fish, just no. The other was something called Whisk and 'natch, it did have the longest line. I sure know how to pick 'em! In the moment I wasn't really looking for anything overly fancy, funky or different. I just wanted something down home and tasty. A quick glance at Whisk's menu seemed to offer enough the options I was looking for.
Obviously, since this is part of my fried chicken sandwich string of posts, I immediately glommed onto it from the menu. And to be honest, after having it, it was what inspired me to put together my array of fried chicken sandwich I'd had over the last few months. As with the other places, I did get more than just that and will cover them later. For now, here is what amped my hunger.
Before I get into description and taste, let's cover the elephant in the room shall we. By that, I mean the $11 price tag. I rail so much against $10 why would I even go in for this one? With no sides?! Well, how can I bitch about something if I don't try it?! Seriously though, I think in the moment I was just really in the mood for something fried and the guy at the window swore it was a giant sandwich so I decided to take a chance. But was it worth it?
It is panco-crusted chicken breast with lemon basil aioli, kosher dill pickles and serrano pepper and carrot slaw on a toasted and buttered bun. And yes, it was actually a pretty big sandwich. Not only large, but there were actually two big pieces fried chicken on this sandwich. Not some thin little patty, full on crunchy, juicy chicken. Though I'm gonna say it wasn't all chicken breast as you can see a little dark meat in the pic above which was probably a thigh or something, either way, it was a lot of chicken, and very good to boot. It was by far the most chicken I had on any of the sandwiches. I will say that is a super plus, considering the price.
The rest was kind of like gravy, as it were. I liked the mayo cole slaw with the punch of serrano. It was a mild kick without being overwhelming spice wise. And of course, pickles on fried chicken sandwiches is a thing with everybody now. These were giant spears and you are definitely gonna taste them. In fact, you get such a good helping of everything here, you will pretty much get something in every bite. The bun did fall apart a little, but that can happen when you put so much on it.
Maybe if it had only been one chicken breast on there, I might be giving the big old thumbs down to it, but as is, say hello to an overstuffed and super tasty $11 fried chicken sandwich. That's right, I'm all in on sandwich which is more than $10, and yes, pains me to say it. I figured I would save the best of the fried chicken sandwiches for last and throw in the little surprise of not choking on the cost and happily consuming all that deep fried goodness. Sometimes lines at food trucks do signal good food and in Whisk's case, the fried chicken sandwich was a winner and worth the wait and, (sigh) the price. Don't worry, I'll get over it, eventually.