The nation’s capital loves celebrity chefs and pricey bistros, but its latest romance is both affordable and accessible: food trucks.
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.