Wild & Free -- Sherman Oaks
I have been a huge fan of Plan Check since moving to LA. And even though they are known for their burgers, I always order their fried chicken. Imagine my delight when I learned that Plan Check creator Terry Heller opened Wild & Free, a fast dining restaurant in Sherman Oaks dedicated to Heller’s quest to evolve the rotisserie chicken experience.
Wild & Free’s menu offers a wide variety of chicken options—ranging from salads and bowls to sandwiches, and of course rotisserie chicken plates, on which you can mix and match sides.
I stopped by with my dad, who was visiting from Virginia. The whole time we were in Wild & Free’s beautiful space, he couldn’t stop saying “how come McLean, VA doesn’t have a place like this?” As a huge fan of spicy food, he ordered the Peruvian Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Served with smashed avocado and pickled red onions, there wasn’t a single bite of that sandwich left when my dad was done with it. He got a side of the Smokey Skinny Fries, and we did some real damage to those, too. They were delicious and honestly tasted a lot like barbeque potato chips. Makes sense as both are crispy potatoes covered in bbq.
I decided to try the Savory Rotisserie Chicken, with a side of mac & cheese and the seasonal cauliflower. It was so flavorful, as it is cooked with lemon, rosemary, parsley, sage, and garlic. The quarter-sized portion was perfect me and makes for a very filling, but not too heavy lunch. Wild & Free also offers a “Family Meal,” which is one chicken and two sides for $26.95.
The Charcoal Lemonade is a delicious way to wash your meal down. They also have craft sodas, kombucha, wine, and beer. And if you have room for dessert, you need to taste the Cracked Corn Cookie. It is a buttery, sweet corn sugar cookie, and it tastes just like corn in the best way possible.
Wild & Free is a great option for a flavorful and healthy meal if you’re in Sherman Oaks. Their new take on classics is refreshing, and I looking forward to coming back soon to eat my way through the rest of the menu. Also Wild & Free, maybe consider opening in Northern Virginia? You already have a fan.