The Ten: Best Food Trucks

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

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.


Popped! Republic

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.

Photo of PORC courtesy of Nevin Martell


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.

Chef Driven DC

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.

Fojol Bros.

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).

Photo of Pepe courtesy of Scott Suchman


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.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

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.

Pleasant Pops

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.

Corned Beef King

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.

The Big Cheese

What could be wrong with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches featuring Cowgirl Creamery products? Answer: nothing. So go get yourself one of their sammies pronto.

Sinplicity Ice Cream

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.

  • Paul Boos

    Where’s District Taco? I would have not put on PORC, but only because when they catered for a picnic we had, no one really liked them (personally too much sauce for me).

    Very happy to see Pleasant Pops, Sinplicity, & the Big Cheese make this list. (Get Stuffed should get a nod as an up and coming food truck too.)

  • Roon86

    Cirque Cuisine #1.

  • Czar of Fun

    Cirque Cuisine should be On the list.

  • Dave

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  • Tipuasher

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  • Robert Baker

    How do you find where these are going to be on any given day?

    • Mhyatt

      Food Truck Fiesta

    • Commish

      The Twitter, yes?

  • Ghyuudh

    Um, where is cap mac @capmacdc

  • Mike

    Oops, you forgot Pure Pasty – out of Vienna, VA but when on the road it is in Ballston. Absolutely unique. What’s a Pasty? Check out their Facebook page or watch Doc Martin on WETA. Ha

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  • John C. Winters

    Went to DC Funky Fresh Foodie Fest, was my first introduction to gourmet food trucks. Made me a fan forever, have to try/return to these.

  • Courtney W.

    You totally forgot about the the Big Blue Cheesecake Truck, BBQ Bus and the Takorean Truck! There are so many more, I am obsessed with the food trcks in dc :)!

  • Andy

    You guys blew it. I will eat lunch at 11:00 just to avoid the line at Far East Taco Grill. That truck is awesome.

  • GreigO

    Sang On Wheels!

  • Typical DC BS

    Corned Beef King rules!