THIS POLL IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER: TAKOREAN.
DC's answer to the wildly popular Kogi BBQ truck in Los Angeles is Takorean, a collision of Mexico and Asia. Translation: bulgogi steak, sweet-chili chicken, or hoisin tofu on corn tortillas with trimmings such as kimchee, Sriracha mayo, and lime. Its opponent is the very new Meathead Mobile, which offers four options: beef (with onions, cheese, ketchup), pork (with cole slaw and barbecue sauce), chicken (lime vinaigrette, lettuce/tomato salad), or a tower of all three. Vegans need not apply.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: EAT WONKY
Eat Wonky dishes out Canada's best hangover cure, poutine—French fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy (called "Wonky Fries" on the truck). Up the ante by getting the whole mess over a hot dog. Whatever you do, finish with a whoopie pie—they're some of our favorite in the area. It's all dessert all the time from the Sweet Bites Mobile, which is stocked with nine cupcake flavors, brownies, lemon bars, sugar cookies, coconut macaroons, brown-sugar-and-cherry scones . . . Whoa, sugar rush.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: DC SLICES
It's a cultural mashup at El Floridano, where the sandwich lineup includes a Cuban, a Vietamese banh mi, and Thai-inspired chicken concoction. Daily soups, which are often vegan, have included eggplant-sumac bisque and spicy avocado. Straightforward pizza is what you'll get from DC Slices, which serves a solid lineup of basic flavors—plain, pepperoni, sausage, veggie, and Hawaiian—on a thin crust. Friday and Saturday nights, the drivers are smart to catch hungry bargoers on U Street.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: YELLOW VENDOR.
It's an international barbecue battle this afternoon: Andy Kim and his Yellow Vendor truck, usually parked at 12th and F streets, Northwest, are the source of Korean bul goki, beef marinated in a sweet/salty mix of sugar, soy sauce, and garlic. It doesn't have the bells and whistles that lots of new trucks do, but the Yellow Vendor wins lots of points for simply delicious food. BBQ Bandidos, which roams Arlington, brings to the table Carolina pulled pork, Memphis brisket, Texas grilled chicken, and Mexican carne asada, carnitas, and chicken with salsa verde.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: FOJOL BROS.
We're halfway through the first round of our Food Truck Fight, and to start off the week, we've got one of the area's longest-running mobile purveyors, the Fojol Bros., battling newbie the PORC Mobile. The silver, vintage-y Fojol truck rushed onto the scene with a costumed troupe of servers, blaring music, and flavorful Indian food. Its competitor turns out all manner of meat products—smoked chopped beef, green-chili chicken sausages, pulled pork—from a tidy white truck.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: WINDY CITY RH
Sure, hot dogs are considered typical street-food fare, but Windy City Red Hots owners Angel and Pia Miranda upped the ante with their alarm-red truck parked in an Ashburn garden-store parking lot. They imported all of their ingredients from Chicago to replicate that city's famous dog: The dogs are from Vienna Beef, the buns have poppy seeds, the relish is neon-green, and you'll get a pickle, onions, mustard, sport peppers, and celery salt on top. There are also Italian-beef sandwiches and pizza puffs. The competition is Sidewalk Sweetsations, which, yes, has cupcakes. (What bakery doesn't?) But there are also "cuptails," a cross between cupcakes and cocktails—think rum-and-Coke or a Long Beach punch—and "cup-pies," whose flavors include sweet-potato and Key Lime.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: TACO CARRITO
Happy Friday! Our Food Truck Fight marches on, starting with this morning's battle that pits SweetFlow Mobile against Taco Carrito. The former truck, which resembles a school bus, is from the owners of the growing Sweetgreen chain. Most likely the healthiest truck on the streets, the menu mimics the one in the storefronts, with lots of the same local-ingredient salads and swirls of the tangy frozen yogurt. Its Mexican-food competitor (out of action until the middle of this month) came from two friends who met at their day job. They admittedly didn't know much about food before they started, but their Ballston cart has a following, thanks to a value-driven menu of steak, chicken, and veggie tacos. The recipe for the guacamole is straight from Spain—one of the owners learned it while studying abroad there.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: DC EMPANADAS
From the DC Empanadas truck comes a long roster of the South American turnovers, all made by hand. While the handheld pastries come with traditional stuffings—for example: ground sirloin, Spanish olives, hard-boiled eggs, raisins, and onions—other options have innovative, regionally-inspired combinations: Buffalo chicken and blue cheese; sliced ribeye, Cheez Wiz, onions; and prosciutto, mozzarella, and dates. The other dog in the fight, the Arlington-parked Choupi Crepes, boasts a strong culinary background: One of the founders has ten years of pastry experience in Paris and Washington. While you'll find French-like fillings—ham, cheese, lemon/sugar—you can also choose from other ingredients such as peanut butter, maple syrup, and marshmallow.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: BLUES BBQ
District Taco pulled out a win over newcomer Bada Bing DC in the poll that just closed this morning. Here's what's starting up the day: It's hard to find good barbecue in Washington, and the Blues BBQ truck in Frederick might just be the best we've had in the area. The Carolina pulled pork packs a strong vinegary punch, and it's great in a sandwich with cole slaw. And we're absolutely smitten with the scallion-studded hush puppies served with honey butter. Going against that meaty truck is Cafe Vida Express, a roving caffeine-pumping vehicle that not only serves standard espressos, cappuccinos, and cafe Americanos, but also the company's original drinks: the cinnamon-based “Canelazo” and the lemon-based “Limonazo,” both made with sugar cane.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.
THIS POLL IS CLOSED. WINNER: TASTY KABOB
This afternoon's battle features one of Washington's longest-running mobile vendors, Pedro & Vinny's. For as long as we can remember, customers have lined up at 15th and K streets, Northwest, for owner John Rider's huge veggie-only burritos and his signature spicy mango "Goose sauce." Although Rider's competitor, Tasty Kabob, is relatively new to the scene, it's got power in numbers. The two carts, both in Arlington, serve an abbreviated menu of chicken kebabs, lamb gyros, chickpeas, and spinach.washingtonian.com/foodtruckfight.