Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: Tandoori Chicken USA
The Cuisine: Indian-style tandoori sandwiches
Specialty Items: Paneer or tandoori chicken sandwich
Worth the Wait in Line? At peak lunchtime, it was a total 8 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.
I was already a fan of North India-style grilling, so it took little more than the Tandoori Chicken USA truck's art -- a cartoon chicken riding in a flame-throwing tandoori oven hot rod -- to lure me in. The $10 combo special that included a fat sandwich, fries, and drink pushed us into the line to order. The hunger for a deal is often as great as our appetite.
The menu is short and focused: items come with a few fried fish items, a rotating special, and the sandwiches that come wrapped in a naan bread, dosed with a mint and tamarind chutney. I opted for the namesake chicken tandoori sandwich ($8), which was surprisingly light and flavorful, with large chunks of juicy breast meat colored a bright pink hue. The fries were good if a little soggy, but the dusting of salt, black pepper, and dried chile redeemed them, and the accompanying thin, mint chutney made them hard to stop eating.
On a warm day with a can of Kern's Mango Nectar, it's a great midday feast at a value that's hard to henpeck.