It's not ALL about hard money loans in Washington, DC and fix and flipping your real estate investment properties. We all need to take a breather once in a while and load up on good chow. But where should you grab a bite to eat in DC? How about checking out what the local food trucks have to offer? And, we're not talking about those carts that sell hot dogs and pretzels to tourists around the National Mall. The trucks we're talking about first arrived on the scene around '09 and offer gourmet takes on street food and elevated comfort fare. Today, you can find these trucks scattered throughout the city, including Farragut Square, Franklin Square, the Waterfront Metro and Union Station. Another spot where you can find a number of these vehicles is Food Truck Alley, located at 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Here are some of our top picks that we encourage you to try:
1. Fava PotVoted by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 25 best food trucks in DC, Fava Pot serves Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine. They pride themselves on using only the freshest and carefully sourced ingredients - from chicken kabob to crispy vegetarian falafel. They have gained so much traction that they are opening up a restaurant in Falls Church to keep up with demand! As if the good food wasn't enough, each time you frequent Fava Pot, you are helping a good cause. Fava Pot donates a percentage of profits to the 'Coptic Girl Rising Project' to support orphans girls' education in Egypt.
2. CapMacSearching for some ooey, gooey goodness? Then you'll definitely want to check out CapMac's classic mac and cheese, which features 60-day aged white cheddar and is topped with Cheez-It crumbles. Mac and cheese not your thing? No problem. This bright orange truck also serves up other types of pasta dishes, chili, salads and, for dessert, Bananas 'Foster'. CapMac, which prides itself on using fresh local produce and humanely raised meats, was named as one of Gayot's top 10 food trucks for 2017.
3. Red Hook Lobster Pound DCThis truck, which has been around since 2010, is still one of the city's most popular. Its famous lobster roll was named by Zagat as one of the five best available in the city -- and not just from trucks, but also from restaurants. Red Hook Lobster Pound's lobster rolls are available in both the Maine mayo version as well as in the Connecticut version, which uses butter. At $17.50 a pop, they aren't cheap, but most people say they're well worth the splurge. You could also opt to get a half sandwich for $8.75 each.
4. Ball or NothingThis truck, which serves a variety of meatballs, was chosen by the staff of the Washington City Paper as its favorite food truck of 2016. In addition to meatballs that actually contain meat, Ball or Nothing also offers a vegan version. The meatballs come with your choice of two filling seasonal sides, including salads, macaroni and cheese and possibly Brussels sprouts.
5. Captain Cookie and the MilkmanIf you believe that the best part of eating is dessert, then Captain Cookie and the Milk Man is the truck for you. Listed as one of the most-liked food trucks in DC by Roaming Hunger, this vehicle serves a variety of cookies, including oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and its famous, to-die-for chocolate chip. Need something to wash these sweet treats down with? No problem. Captain Cookie and the Milk Man also serves fresh milk from local creameries, as is the the ice cream.
How to Locate Food Trucks??To find these and other food trucks, follow them on Twitter so you can get blasts on their latest locations. Of course, looking up each vehicle one at a time can be tedious, so you might want to download the following two apps, which can help you locate multiple trucks:
- Food Truck Fiesta. With this app, you can quickly locate trucks in real time on a Google map. Just tap on any food truck icon and you'll be able to see its name. This iPhone and iPad app sells for 99 cents.
- Eat St. The Food Network's Eat St. app is free and will help you locate food carts and trucks in your area on an interactive map. It is available for both Android and Apple users.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to food trucks that are roaming out there in Washington, DC. If you've got some favorites of your own, we'd love to know about them. Give us a holler to fill us in on your top picks.
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