Dish: More Meals on Wheels

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

MEALS ON WHEELS: Another food cart is poised to hit the streets in the next few weeks.

The twist this time: Zola restaurant (800 F St. NW; 202-654-0999) is partnering with D.C. Central Kitchen to bring street snacks to the corner of Ninth and F streets NW for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Among the draws will be lamb meatball and steak-and-cheese sandwiches, and budget-friendly ($3 to $5) prices.

Dan Mesches, head of the local Stir Food Group, says the project was a no-brainer: "I love to contribute to getting better street food in D.C."

D.C. Central's "great mission" also appealed to the restaurateur. Now in its 20th year, the nonprofit organization collects and re-prepares surplus food and trains the homeless for jobs in the food service industry. Food for the cart, which will be equipped with a griddle, will be prepared in the kitchen at Zola by DCCK members, who will also sell the fare near the National Portrait Gallery.

Mesches's second idea, still in the works, will point customers to his new restaurant and assuage the sweet tooth. Look next for a gelato cart outside Potenza at 15th and H streets NW.

-- Tom Sietsema

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