Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks and carts.
Earlier this year we tried new truck Mike ‘N’ Willies. They serve slides and tacos, with 3 of each type to choose from.
Last time we tried a fish taco, a short rib taco and a Big Bad Brisket slider. (The slider names are take-offs on fairy tales, and the truck has drawings of the characters.)
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Now we’re going to try the other three menu items: a Lil’ Piggie slider, lime chicken taco and a Pea-nocchio slider. The prices are in the $3.50-$4.50 range, but they have a lunch special of any 3 for $10. That saved me a couple of bucks.
I started with the Pea-nocchio slider, which is the only vegetarian item on the menu. It’s a fried chickpea slider with chipotle pepper mixed into the chickpea batter.
The slider is a little smaller than a hockey puck, but obviously much tastier (FYI, that’s my idea of a joke). It’s topped with a slice of tomato and a pickle, as well as an herby sesame seed sauce. Very enjoyable, with a nice little after burn from the chipotle.
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Next up was the lime chicken taco (top photo), which I’ve never had before. Last time they were out of it, but this time I went a little earlier.
The first thing I noticed is they use two tortillas. Good move. There was also a wedge of lime, which I squirted on the taco, and lots of shredded white-meat chicken.
I could see 3 different sauces on the taco: guacamole with small pieces of avocado and cilantro, a green tomatillo sauce which also had plenty of cilantro, and what appeared to be a chili-mayo sauce. Oh, there was crumbled cojita cheese on top too.
This was a little more substantial than the Pea-nocchio, with a lot of shredded chicken in the taco. Good thing two tortillas were used, or there could have been breakage. There was an afterburn with the lime chicken taco too, but less than the Pea-nocchio.
Last up was the Lil’ Piggie, a pulled pork slider with chipotle lime slaw on top. There was a good amount of pulled pork on this slider too, and it was topped with their homemade bbq sauce. The bbq sauce was smoky and a little sweet, but still had a tang. This is the kind of bbq sauce I like, tangy but not too vinegary.
I also noticed the bun for the Pea-nocchio was a little different than the Lil’ Piggie. The first one was very soft, but it would have been too soft for the Lil’ Piggie, whose bun was a little firmer.
Everything I’ve had at Mike ‘N’ Willies has been good, so it’s more a question of what you’re in the mood for. My personal favorites were probably the Pea-nocchio, Big Bad Brisket and the fish taco, but that’s my taste.Yours may be different.