Taste the Best Washington D.C. Food Trucks

Posted by Fodor's Editors on August 31, 2011 at 1:09:34 PM EDT | Post a Comment
The nation’s capital loves celebrity chefs and pricey bistros, but its latest romance is both affordable and accessible: food trucks. From seafood to sandwiches, here's the inside scoop on how to find our favorites. Washington-DC-Food-Truck-Fojol-Brothers.jpg Hungry to visit? Also see our Washington, D.C. Travel Guide and D.C. restaurant reviews. The mobile food rush reached its peak in 2010, when local brick-and-mortar restaurateurs attempted to fight the trucks’ appeal by passing an ordinance to keep them from staying too long in one place. That battle continues, but visitors keen to try the best D.C. trucks can always take advantage of Twitter. Even nonmembers of the networking site are free to visit the trucks’ pages to track their locations—and in many cases, check out menus to see whether chicken vindaloo or red velvet cupcakes are on the docket at these favorite spots. Red Hook Lobster Pound is the Washington outpost of a popular Brooklyn, New York, spot that purveys rolls filled with überfresh shellfish from Maine (tossed with light mayo) and Connecticut (kissed by creamy butter) variations. Add a decadent chocolate whoopie pie for dessert, and try the equally good shrimp roll for $7 less. Fojol Brothers calls itself a "traveling culinary carnival," and with good reason—the quartet of cooks behind its African-Indian fusion eats are fond of fake mustaches that complete their masquerade as chefs from mythical Benethopia and Merlindia. But there’s nothing faux about the fragrant flavors of their buttered chicken, berbere lentils, and pumpkin stews. Sauca is a global celebration of the sandwich, with each day bringing a new and delightful filling for its tangy flatbread. The Vietnamese pork banh mi, accented by pickled vegetables and peanut sauce, and the beef shawarma spiked by garlicky chimmichurri sauce, are standouts on a memorable menu. Photo Credits: Fojol Brothers Food Truck courtesy Elvert Barnes / flickr

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  • superfoodie on Oct 30, 11 at 06:45 PM

    Not sure how Basil Thyme got missed. They are one of, if not the highest rated in the city and every meal I've had from them has been fantastic! Fresh made lasagna pasta and manicotti and one of the fastest trucks I've eaten from. The guys deliver in 60 seconds from the time you order, as promised.

  • NotOwenMeany on Sep 14, 11 at 10:44 AM

    As a DC resident who works all over the city, I eat at a lot of food trucks. These are three of the more popular trucks, and they are great. But this intro only hints at the food truck bonanza available throughout Metro DC.

    To track and find trucks throughout the DC area, use http://foodtruckfiesta.com/

    They have a live, constantly updated map of most food trucks. At last count, they tracked 78(!) trucks in and around DC.

    Better yet, they have a free Android and $.99 iPhone app available for live tracking and/or Twitter updates from the trucks.

    Enjoy!

  • Swantraveller on Sep 4, 11 at 05:43 AM

    Did you say affordable and accessible? I'm in! This tip would surely come handy in the future - thanks!

  • Ben_Trafficana on Sep 2, 11 at 11:31 AM

    The links were not working when I posted the comment. Thanks to whoever fixed them.

  • Cate_W Fodor's editor on Sep 2, 11 at 09:40 AM

    Hi Ben_Trafficana, You can find where to get your food truck fix by clicking on the bold truck names above - this will take you to twitter, where they post their daily location.

    It can worth tracking them down - let us know if you do!

  • Ben_Trafficana on Sep 1, 11 at 08:03 PM

    It is too bad we will never know were to find these trucks.
    Very superficial story

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