We were out on Lake Washington, wakeboarding and surfing all morning, trying to squeeze everything possible out of the end of summer in Seattle. Once we returned to land, we were famished. It was after noon but before 2pm – prime time for a food truck lunch! I scouted the Seattle Food Truck site (please guys, get an app already! I love you but your site is hard to navigate from a smart phone) and found that Pinky’s Kitchen was on the way home. Yee haw! Mac and cheese, here I come!
I hadn’t eaten breakfast, so I was famished. And because my eyes were much bigger than my stomach, I over-ordered. But, I had a fantastic breakfast the next day, so it didn’t turn out so bad. We decided on the basic mac and cheese (fusilli pasta in a rich creamy béchamel made with smoked provolone and sharp cheddar and topped with a crispy Panko crust). You can also order it with meat on top, but I wanted to get the full flavor of the mac and cheese itself. Next, a spice rubbed chicken slider (smoked meat and sauce on a garlic butter toasted ciabatta roll) and finally, a fried chicken sandwich (apple wood smoked spiced rubbed chicken, deep fried and topped with homemade sweet cherry bomb and honey mustard aioli).
We didn’t wait long before our lunch arrived in the window. Grinning from ear to ear, we carted it home to have a picnic in the backyard.
First, the spice rubbed chicken slider.
Get right up in there for a really good look. You can practically smell the smoky goodness. The chicken was infused with a wonderful smokiness and the barbecue sauce managed to highlight it while adding another element of taste to the overall picture.
The fried chicken sandwich was up next.
Look at the amazing toasted bun, the gooey sauce, the gorgeous layer of crispy breading over the smoked chicken. And let me tell you, amazing doesn’t even begin to describe the taste. The smoky essence went clear throughout the entire piece of chicken. Smoking the meat and then frying it just sealed in all the delectable flavor. It was hard to put this one down.
Finally, the reason for this blog, the mac and cheese.
Bet you wish you had taste-o-vision right now, huh? It was pull-the-cheese-with-your-fork gooey, melty, luscious. It had a mellow flavor that was offset nicely by the buttery crunch of the Panko topping.
Good stuff? You betcha.
Will I be back to Pinky’s Kitchen soon? Count on it!
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