Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: WhipOut
The Cuisine: American cuisine with flair
Specialty Items: Sliders and the sides
Worth the Wait in Line? At peak lunch time, a total 20 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.
I'm a sucker for sliders. Maybe it's because they look like cute baby hamburgers or perhaps because they cast an illusion of eating less (except you end up eating more of them, like those diabolical miniature Reese's peanut butter cups). The combination of these bite sized burgers and it's first appearance in San Francisco this past Friday, got me in line at the WhipOut truck.
The sliders ($5 for one, $9 for two, $13 for three, with seven choices) were good, with the namesake WhipOut (beef chuck patty, smoked cheddar, pickle, romaine, pickled onion) and Split-Pea Fritter Slider (brown rice, garbanzo, and split pea fritter dressed with a mild Serrano relish, garlic aioli, and raw mustard greens) being the standouts of the bunch. Surprisingly, it was the sides that whipped it good. Whipped it real good.
The small tub of Beans & Greens ($3, garlic braised chard, pinto beans, roasted tomato, house-smoked bacon) laid out with small tiles of crisp bacon that was flavorful without being salty, pungent with garlic, and satisfying. The beans were cooked until tender, but not mushy, and the chard was supple with added texture from the crunchy leafy green's ribs.
The BBQ Fries ($3, shoestring fries, truck rub spice mix, garlic, parsley) were equally great, tasting like a wonderful cross between barbecue potato chips and garlic fries. The fries were so generously dusted in the smoky, salty, and sweet coating, we found ourselves licking our fingers at the end and sprinkling the remaining magic dust on everything we could get our hands on.
Warning: it makes everything delicious -- like beer goggles for your mouth.