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If it’s edible, it’s probably available from a DC food truck. Gourmet food trucks that sell more than the usual hot dog, slice of pizza, or pupusa began setting up shop in the city in 2009, and now they appear to be here to stay.
Among the trucks, a number of these mobile kitchens stand out. They change location daily and post the addresses on Twitter, which tends to work fine, except on those days when it’s 12:30 p.m., you’re hungry, and you log in to be told, “Twitter is at capacity. Please try again later.” Cue the growling stomach.
- • Red Hook Lobster Truck (@LobstertruckDC): A mobile offshoot of the Red Hook Lobster Pound in Brooklyn, New York, Red Hook dishes out a bit of the Pine Tree State — rolls stuffed with chunks of fresh-steamed lobster or shrimp, homemade whoopie pies, Maine Root soda, and tangy real lemonade.
- • District of Pi (@PiTruckDC): Sister truck to the original in St. Louis, Pi rolls out Chicago-style pizza in four varieties, usually two meat and two veggie options. The Beltway features a cornmeal crust topped with kalamata olives, zucchini, feta cheese, and basil; the Central West End is piled with mozzarella, prosciutto, goat cheese, tomatoes, onions, and arugula.
- • Takorean (@takorean): A wedding of Korean barbeque with Mexican toppings satisfies the lunch crowd at bargain prices (three tacos for $8). Meat and vegetable choices are Korean through and through — bulgogi, tangy chicken, tofu in hoisin, cabbage, and kimchi — but the toppings hail from south of the border, lime crema and cilantro.
- • Sauca (@wheresauca): A truck whose offerings span the globe, Sauca sells diversity in a wrap, beef shawarma, fish tacos, Indian butter chicken, and pork banh mi. These sandwiches don’t need embellishment, but if you feel inspired, the truck offers a large variety of sauces.
© Patricia Nevins Kime from Moon Washington DC, 1st Edition