Curried fried chicken sandwich.
With just a year under its belt, Cullum's Attagirl
(726 E. Mistletoe Ave., 210-437-4263) has played host to many a pop-up. From crawfish to throwback foods to dim sum, the tiny chicken house has acted as an incubator of sorts for young chefs aching to showcase their talents.
This past Monday night, Attagirl did it again by hosting Sandwichserious
, a new pop-up by cook and musician Dave Rizo and creative/Jack of all trades, Mauricio Gudiño, and the results were earnest and best of all, delicious.
Zines are so hot right now.
The menu, showcased in tiny zine form (because why not?), included a curried fried chicken sandwich with yogurt masala ranch, Boston lettuce, vindaloo spice, house pickles and a ridiculous chutney ketchup; a vegan cheesesteak with Texas pecan-smoked portabellas, fried leeks, grilled onions, poblanos and house vegan cheese; and a barbacoa báhn mì with slow-roasted beef cheeks, pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, avocado and black garlic aioli.
Having already sampled the barbacoa báhn mì during Rizo's Stand Báhn Mì pop-up at Crossroads Kitchen in early 2015, I ordered the curried chicken sandwich. Fried just so, were three tender, hand-battered chicken strips on a buttered bun. Though messy, the sandwich was stellar, mixing several textures and sweetness from the chutney ketchup along and thinly sliced pickles with the savory vindaloo spices. At $8, with an added selection of specialty kegs and canned brews to choose from, this sando was indeed serious, but also quite fun.
And because the pop-up wasn't funky enough, the dudes paired their sandwiching talents with vintage fashion from The Cat People Collective
Though there is no set date for a return visit to Cullum's Attagirl (though Gudinño hinted they have more sammy tricks up their sleeve), sandwich connoisseurs can get a taste for Sandwichserious' take on ice cream sandwiches on Sunday, June 12 from 4 to 10 p.m. during Eastside Open Air Market
at 515 Dawson St.