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Best food trucks

Justin Rude  |  Updated 06/23/2012

It's getting hard to keep track of D.C.'s fleet of mobile food purveyors, which seems to get larger every month. Here are a few of our favorite curb-side kitchens:

 

Curbside Cupcakes food truck

Washington, DC

You've probably seen the brightly colored and appropriately named Pinky 1 and Pinky 2 trucks roaming the streets of DC and Arlington, distributing frosted confections to sweets-starved office workers. The flavors rotate frequently, and include classics such as chocolate and red velvet, as well as more imaginative options such as egg nog and peanut butter cup. Individual cupcakes go for $3, but you can also order them by the half dozen ($15) or dozen ($27). Its an easy way to make yourself popular around the office.

 

DC Empanadas food truck

Washington, DC

The District has a long and well-documented love affair with pocket foods that stretches from the venerable Julia's Empanadas to newcomers like Panas Gourmet and Patty Boom Boom. DCEmpanadas, the first mobile purveyor of the savory stuffed pastry, is less traditional than its brick and mortar counterparts, offering choices like the Jersey Shore (stuffed with meatballs, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese) and the Ménage à Trois (brie, figs and Marcona almonds). Prices range from $3.50-$4.50.

 

DC Slices food truck

Washington, DC

In the face of the area's gourmet pizza revolution, it would be silly to argue that DCSlices offers the area's best pie. But then again, when is the last time Pizzeria Orso or Two Amy's uprooted themselves to sit outside U-Street bars late on a Friday Night? What the pizza truck sacrifices for space, it more than makes up by being right where it's needed when pizza cravings hit the hardest. A slice and a soda goes for $5.

 

DCPieTruck food truck

Washington, DC

We know you already like Dangerously Delicious Pies, the H Street (by way of Baltimore) bakery. Well, those same sweet and savory quiches and pies are available by the slice from the DCPieTruck. Look for lunch options like spinach with goat cheese and steak pies alongside sweet endings like pecan, chocolate cream and coconut chess.

 

Bada Bing Food Truck

Arlington, VA

Big juicy sandwiches are the specialty of this Arlington truck which features the "spiedie," a specialty of Binghamton, hometown of Bada Bing owner and operator Nicholas Terzella. Hand-trimmed chicken breast and pork shoulder marinated in a blend of oil, vinegar and spices for three or four days are grilled and served up inside a soft roll. Sandwiches and spiedies sell for $6-$7.

 

The Big Cheese food truck

Washington, DC

The Big Cheese food truck celebrates the glory that is cheese with sandwiches ranging from a classic grilled cheese to more gourmet items such as goat cheese, tomato and tarragon on sun dried tomato bread.

 

Fojol Brothers food truck

Washington, DC

One of the first food trucks to hit the streets of DC, the Fojol Brothers is also still one of the best. Long but quickly moving lines always mark their presence, but the plates of rice and curry are worth it. Curry and butter chicken, frequent options of the rotating menu, are offered with vegetarian options like palak paneer and cauliflower and potatoes. Grab a plate and eat it on the blankets that the Fojols always spread near their truck. Two plates with two items is $6, three for $9.

 

Red Hook Lobster food truck

Washington, DC

This Brooklyn-born operation selling lobster rolls, shrimp rolls and Maine whoopie pies debuted in Spring of 2010 to lines that stretched around city blocks. Almost a year later, demand has barely flagged. The truck serves both mayo-based Maine-style and the butter-slathered Connecticut-style rolls heaping with fresh lobster meat. How do you know they're good? $15 sandwiches don't draw lines like that unless they really deliver.

 

Takorean food truck

Washington, DC

Korean Tacos were already a big trend in Los Angeles when the food truck craze first hit the streets of D.C. It seemed inevitable that someone would seek to emulate that winning formula here. And that ends up being a good thing for us. TaKorean's fresh ingredients and bright flavors make their bulgogi, sweet chili chicken and caramelized tofu tacos a welcome addition to our local street food scene. Tacos sell one for $3 or three for $8.

 

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