When we found out the crew behind one our favorite local food trucks, the fusion-y Dragon Grille, was going the brick-and-mortar route, excitement ensued. It was a little surprising to learn the new project would specialize in Hawaiian-style chicken tenders, but the sweet and spicy tendencies of the truck still shine through at Mochiko Chicken.
The large, juicy, crispy tenders are just fine, augmented by nine (!) house-made sauces ranging from wasabi ranch to sriracha sambal aioli. I prefer Mochiko’s huge chicken and rice bowls ($7.99-$8.99), especially the Twisted Teriyaki combo of tender, chargrilled meat, sweet sauce and sharp red ginger. You can get the best of both worlds with the new Big Island bowl, fried chicken with a tropically tangy sauce and shaved green onion. The wheels may be gone, but the deliciousness remains.
Mochiko Chicken 2101 S. Decatur Blvd., 702-789-7103. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.