Food trucks have evolved from a once last-resort option into destination eateries, raising the bar on what we expect from a traveling kitchen. Amassing Twitter followers in the thousands, the food truck scene has been elevated by culinary creations that rival many of Capitol Hill’s hottest restaurants. Below, our top picks.
The Peruvian Brothers' Pan con Chicharron.
With menu options including sandwiches, empanadas, platters, and even desserts, it’s hard to make up your mind. We recommend the Pan con Chicharron: salted pork tenderloin boiled in a traditional Peruvian broth, lightly fried, and served on a French roll with grilled sweet potato slices and the signature Criolla sauce. For a true native experience, wash down your lunch with an Inca Cola.
Far East Taco Grille
Serving up Asian style tacos, Far East offers fusion creations made with BBQ beef, chicken, pork, and, for vegan lovers, tofu. The best part? Their mouth-watering sauces and your choice of corn or flour tortillas.
Jose Andres’ latest venture brings the world-renowned chef to the food truck scene, introducing Spain’s “flauta” sandwiches to the DC area. The bread, long and thin like a flute, is baked fresh daily. The standout item has to be the Pepito de Ibérico, an indulgent combination of seared Iberico pork and Serrano ham, finished with roasted green peppers, caramelized onions and aioli. Treat yourself to a non-alcoholic sangria to complete your meal.
Embodying the philosophy that less is more, Pho Junkies keeps it simple and uncomplicated with a small selection. Complexity can, however, be found in the layered flavors of their spicy Vietnamese soup.
You won’t find rice, beans, or sour cream in Rito Loco’s burritos. Each is jam-packed with your filling of choice, and, at 10 inches long, big enough to share. Try the Rib Rito, stuffed with pulled baby back rib meat.
Rito Loco's Rib Rito.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Lobster from a food truck may seem like blasphemy, but the line around the block will turn you into a believer. Bringing a taste of Maine to D.C., the signature Lobster Roll boasts chunks of fresh lobster meat, lightly dressed in a lemon-mayo, and nestled in a buttery bun.
Variety is the spice of life at DC Empanadas. The menu rotates dozens of unique fillings, all stuffed inside crispy fried dough that is nothing short of perfection. Try the Badass (filled with buffalo chicken and blue cheese) and the Cubanito (slow roasted Cuban-style pork with a spicy guava sauce) for an innovative twist to the traditional South American dish.
Premium Italian on-the-go is difficult to find, but Basil Thyme is rolling out fresh pasta that will keep you coming back. Menu options include lobster with a cream sauce, pasta of the day, and four different types of lasagna. Extra tip: save room for the cannoli du jour.
Considered one of the originators of the scene, Fojol Bros. offers a creative menu… and even more creative costumes. Catering to all appetites, they offer three portions: “Feast,” “Meal,” and “Dingo.” Try the buttered chicken and end your meal with a mango lassipop.