Best of Washington 2012: Best Meals on Wheels

Washington’s food-truck boom continues—with more options every day. We found the best trucks serving up four popular types of fare.

By: Washingtonian Staff


Barbecue

There’s tasty mobile ’cue, but our favorite is Blues BBQ Co. (@bluesbbqmd), permanently parked in Frederick. Start with addictive scallion hushpuppies dunked in honey butter before you devour the wood-smoked meats. We love the tender pulled pork with one of two sauces: vinegary Carolina-style or sweet-spicy Memphis.

Sandwiches

José Andrés is the biggest-name chef to hit the streets, with his Spanish-themed Pepe (@pepefoodtruck). Eight flautas—crisp baguette sandwiches—include a $20 Ibérico pork version, but we’re partial to the similarly indulgent but cheaper fried chicken, grilled Spanish cheeses with quince, and Serrano ham and Manchego.

Tacos

TaKorean (@takorean), Washington’s pioneer Korean taco truck, outshines traditional Mexican competitors. The three tacos never change, and that’s a good thing: We love the sweet-spicy rib eye, the chicken, and the tofu tucked into warm corn tortillas. Order one of each topped with cilantro, Sriracha sauce, and spicy kimchee slaw.

Vegetarian

Meatless street eats can feel like afterthoughts. But Seoul Food (@seoulfooddc) offers Japanese- and Korean-inspired veggie options alongside local meats. Try caramelized kimchee sushi rolls, shiitake-studded sweet-potato noodles, and bibim bap with sticky rice, shredded vegetables, grilled organic tofu, and a fried egg.


Best of Washington 2012