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This week we take a look at the District’s booming food truck scene, which has grown exponentially since mobile eateries starting flooding the streets two summers ago. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch, a midafternoon pick-me-up, or late night bite, these meals on wheels are worth tracking down and checking out.
Snackaholics love this poppery-on-the-go for their politically themed popcorns that bear names like Congressional Cheddar, Capitol Caramel, and K Street Kettle Corn.
In case you were wondering, the name stands for Purveyors Of Rolling Cuisine, but it’s also a nod to the divinely delicious pulled pork that stars in the truck’s signature barbecue sandwich.
Boasting a “champagne taste on a sarsaparilla budget,” this gourmet focused venture offers up a revolving, seasonally inspired menu that has included Thai style pulled pork sliders, steak frites, ceviche, and watermelon and goat cheese salad.
This colorful collective boasts four trucks that each specializes in a different ethnic cuisine: Merlindia (Indian), Benethiopia (Ethiopian), Volathai (Thai) and Rolling Silence (Indian-accented lassipop popsicles).
The brainchild of the always-busy and ever-creative José Andrés, it specializes in Spanish flauta sandwiches served on crusty, slender baguettes. The best may be the $20 Pepito de Ibérico, which is stuffed with Ibérico pork, Serrano ham, roasted green peppers, caramelized onions, and a slather of aioli.
Fresh Maine lobster tossed with homemade lemon mayo, finely diced celery, sea salt, and white pepper is generously portioned into a buttery, grilled hot dog bun to create a summery sandwich that’s a blockbuster bite at any time of year.
These popsicles take their inspiration from Mexican paletas, but they take the frozen treats to the next level by creating unexpected flavor combinations such as cucumber chili, pineapple basil, and avocado lime.
There wasn’t a good Reuben to be found in the area until these royal rollers fired up the engine for the first time earlier this year. Now you can pretend like you’re at a top-notch New York City deli when you bite into one of these piled-high sandwiches.
What could be wrong with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches featuring Cowgirl Creamery products? Answer: nothing. So go get yourself one of their sammies pronto.
Whether you’re going for one of the always-available flavors, like sea-salted caramel, or a seasonal favorite such as ginger and coconut spiked Thai peanut, this truck always has a creamy creation that’s worth your time.
Did we miss anyone? We want to hear who tops your list of the best food trucks in town.