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Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Food Chain

Food Chain (M St. between Connecticut Ave. and 17th St., NW; 14th St. and New York Ave., NW; North Capitol and E sts., NW). One of downtown DC’s best lunch values comes out of these three hot-dog trucks—and it’s not a half-smoke. Jerk-chicken wraps ($5) and tacos ($2.50) feature peppery meat and mango salsa.

It’s rare that vegans can order from a street cart, but the Caribbean bean taco ($2.50), spilling beans and salsa and topped with a sprinkling of coconut, is as good as its chicken counterpart. For an extra kick, ask for the fire sauce; the smoke sauce is milder. Items can sell out quickly—get updates at—but look for the outfit to expand into more carts with more cuisines.

Open Monday through Friday 10 to 4.

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