The Grub Spouse and I decided to food truck it again last week. This time we headed into Sevier County, to a weekly event called Wears Valley Social. It takes place each Wednesday through Sunday adjacent to the Exxon station on U.S. 321 in the heart of beautiful downtown Wears Valley. Typically, each week offers food trucks, merchandise/craft vendors and live music.
On the night we visited, four food trucks were open for business. We patronized three of them — BurgerRito, Chicken Coop and Artistic Pops. We would have sampled the fourth, but it was operating on a cash-only basis, and The Spouse and I were cashless. There is a nearby ATM at the gas station for those in need of emergency greenbacks.
After perusing everyone’s menus online and a second time on-site, we put together a strategy for ordering. I focused on BurgerRito, which offers a comprehensive menu featuring burgers, hot dogs, barbecue and ribs, sandwiches, wraps, wings and salads. Its specialty item is the BurgerRito, which is a burrito made with a hamburger patty as its main filling, along with refried beans and cheese. Other incarnations include the ChickenRito, the PorkerRito and the BurgerRita. All are available as burrito-only in a grab-and-go sleeve or deluxe — topped with sauce, lettuce and tomato.
I went with the deluxe BurgerRito and had it doused with Hatch green chili sauce ($10). They had let me sample the sauce beforehand, and it hooked me immediately with a kick that was substantial without being painful or uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, The Spouse visited Chicken Coop, which has a much more limited menu compared to BurgerRito. The main items are hand-breaded chicken tenders with beer-battered fries, boneless wings and beer-battered fries, and bone-in wings with beer-battered fries. The Spouse ordered the tenders with fries, $10, which come with a choice of sauces: ranch, honey mustard, apple cider barbecue, sweet and spicy orange and three levels of Buffalo sauce. The Spouse got the honey sriracha.
Side items include sriracha fries, Buffalo fries, fried okra, cucumber salad and deep-fried mashed potatoes. That last item was a new one for me, and we tried to order it, but Chicken Coop had already sold out for the day. For the record, it’s homemade garlic mashed potatoes, bacon and cheddar cheese that’s hand-rolled and deep-fried.
It had rained recently, and the outdoor tables and chairs were still wet, so we ate in the Grubmobile. I really liked the BurgerRito. The interior patty was still a shade pink on the inside, and combined with the beans and flour tortilla, it was a savory and satisfying treat. The Hatch sauce ladled liberally on top was the perfect accent.
I thought The Spouse’s chicken tenders were a pretty good effort. They were still nice and hot, right out of the fryer, and the breading recipe had black pepper accents that reminded me of my mother’s fried chicken recipe. The fries were decent as well. If I ever run into this truck again, I’ll have to try again for the deep-fried mashed potatoes.
We ended our evening with two pops from Artistic Pops, which specializes in Popsicle-like treats for $3 each. Flavors include watermelon, chocolate-strawberry, cake batter, blueberry cream, Key lime, coffee and pineapple lemonade. I got chocolate, and The Spouse got piña colada. I have to admit that I’m not a huge Popsicle fanatic. I’ll eat them when prepping for a colonoscopy, but otherwise, flavored frozen water isn’t high on my list of treats. But if you do like them, I think you’ll be pleased with the range of flavors created by Artistic Pops.
As far as coronavirus protocol is concerned, The Spouse and I wore masks when ordering at the food trucks, and we were the only ones. None of the food truck staffers wore them either. For some of you, this may be useful information in making a decision about whether to attend a Wears Valley Social event or any of these food vendors when they roll into other locations.
BurgerRito – 4
Chicken Coop – 3.75
Artistic Pops – 3.75
Wears Valley Social
3209 Wears Valley Road, Wears Valley
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays
You’ll find a wide array of flavors at the food trucks servicing this weekly shopping-dining-entertainment event in Wears Valley.