CHEWYS GOURNET FOOD TRUCK
The menu at this bright orange truck didn’t initially wow us – standard lunch-truck fare like burgers and BLTs and Chicken. But then you look a little closer. There are spins on the standards – like a kim chi burger or truffle-parmesan potato tots – that make you want to order and explore.
Per suggestion of truck owner Charlie Sokowski, we went with the Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich ($8), highlighted by a homemade tangy Carolina-style BBQ sauce. The pork is smoked for 12 hours, said Sokowski, resulting in a tender, juicy meat. It’s topped with a pickled jalapeno apple fennel slaw, which compliments, but doesn’t overwhelm, the tasty sandwich.
Even better was the Honey Sriracha Fried Chicken Wings, $7 for an order of five. Hey, I grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., so I’ve got high wing standards. And, I’m delighted to say, these hold up against any I’ve had. The chicken is brined for two days, making it tender and sweet. Then it’s seasoned, floured and double-fried to a crackling crispness. It’s bathed in a stand-up sauce, accented by green onions.
I was amazed and delighted at how good these wings are. You will be as well when you taste them in my Food Truck Frenzy Finals on May 14, 1-4 p.m. at the Valley Forge Casino. You can always follow Chewy’s whereabouts on Twitter at @chewysphilly.