The food-truck extravaganza Curbside Cookoff—also known as Trucko de Mayo—is back this Saturday at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. There will be 40-plus trucks (plus beer and live entertainment) to navigate, but don’t let that intimidate you. Here’s a sneak peek of who’s going to be there, what they serve, and some favorite dishes among those we’ve sampled.
This truck doles out hearty Asian barbecue— kalbi, Korean short ribs, and teriyaki chicken—served over rice.
We’re fans of the pulled pork, meaty ribs, and vinegary slaw—available all together in a sampler dish.
A classic DC truck serving not-so-classic grilled cheese. You can't go wrong with a Mt. Fuji--Brie and apples--or the artichoke-laden St. Pat.
The only Puerto Rican truck in the lot dishes up items like a classic Cuban or a churrasco sandwich with marinated skirt steak.
This colorful truck delivers N'awlins-style fare--po' boys, jambalaya, and andouille gumbo.
We're fans of Carnivore's hefty combo of tender brisket and pulled pork topped with hot mustard sauce and a side of porky beans.
One of the many new trucks on the scene, this truck's menu is subject to what's in season--past dishes include fish tacos and shrimp risotto.
Named for the goat-sucking monster of Puerto Rican and Mexican lore, this truck doles outs some of the tastiest Mexican tacos around. Versions we've enjoyed: beef short rib with guacamole, and veggie tacos with eggplant and pickled jalapeño.
Washington's first cupcake truck is still going strong with a fleet of flavors such as red velvet, classic vanilla, and lemon.
Dangerously Delicious Pies
You'll find both sweet and savory samplings from the H Street pie shop that range from pork barbecue and chicken pot pie to seasonal berry and chocolate chess.
The classic street food gets creative fillings here, like Buffalo-style chicken with blue cheese and Indian samosa-esque potatoes and peas.
Hit this vendor when you're in the mood for a fresh slice topped with Buffalo chicken or bacon and pineapple. Tater tots are a possible side item.
Dorothy Moon's Gourmet Burgers
Burger fans can order a single, double, or triple stack of patties with unlimited toppings such as mushrooms, bacon, and a fried egg.
Doug the Food Dude
One of the few Virginia-based trucks participating, the Dude has been making inroads into DC with the likes of lobster rolls and Cajun shrimp wraps.
Stop here for tasty, filling sandwiches such as Vietnamese bánh mì and a chopped-pork Cuban.
You'll probably be feeling the opposite after digging into the fresh lump-crab salad, over greens or piled on a kaiser roll.
All three Fojol Bros. trucks are making an appearance, including Indian-themed Merlindia, Benethiopia, and Volathai, plus special guest "Rolling Silence," which dolls out lassi pops.
Goodies Frozen Custard
This attention-grabbing vehicle churns out rich vanilla frozen custard.
This sister to the Halal Gyro Plus truck offers platters of marinated chicken and meats served over rice or wrapped in pita.
Get in the island groove with Hawaiian eats like sticky rice with Kalua pork, teriyaki chicken sandwiches, and Spam musubi (Hawaiian sushi--it's good, just eat it).
You'll find a mix of Indian and Brazilian barbecue kabobs, like chicken tikka, lamb curry wrap, and beef churrasco.
Hefty chivito sandwiches are the bill of fare here. Fillings include steak or chicken combined with mozzarella, ham, avocado, and a fried egg.
Look to the truck with the fetching eyelashes on her headlights for single, double, and triple helpings of ice cream in flavors like mint chocolate chip and banana cream pie.
We've tried all Pepe's Spanish flautas, or baguette sandwiches, many of which are delicious. Go simple with serrano ham and Manchego cheese, or for a more decadent experience, opt for seared tenderloin, piquillo peppers, and blue cheese.
Like a lot of alliteration? DC-themed flavors of popcorn are what's on offer here, including K Street Kettle Korn and Congressional Cheddar.
It's not all meat at Porc (though there's plenty of sausage and pastrami). Try the rich Gorgonzola mac as a main or side.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Still some of the best lobster rolls in town, period, and always worth a wait--besides, the line will buy you time to decide whether you want it Maine-style (chilled with mayo) or the warm Connecticut version with butter.
We've found many of the baguette-like sandwiches here tasty, but one of our favorites is the De Kooning, with roast beef, cherry-pepper relish, and horseradish mayo.
Rolls on Rolls
Kathi rolls--kinda like pita bread--are filled with Indian ingredients such as chicken masala or curried mixed vegetables.
Sang on Wheels
The only Laotian food truck at the fiesta serves items like drunken noodles, barbecue lamb, and fried fish with spicy basil sauce.
The globally influenced cooks inside this mobile eatery are making everything from fish tacos to butter-chicken flatbreads.
This Falls Church-based operation scoops ice creams both classic (butter pecan, Madagascar vanilla) and avant garde (strawberry biscotti, cantaloup-sea salt sorbet).
Sol Mexican Grill
There are many ways to load up the tacos and burritos at Sol, but we like keeping it simple by ordering chicken tacos with guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa verde.
Because one popcorn truck is never enough: More munchies can be found at Stella's, where unusual flavors include basil-ginger-sea salt and Old Bay-cheddar.
Kids love food on a stick--of which there is plenty at Stix. Think skewers of barbecue chicken, tomato Caprese salad, or grilled pineapple.
This little truck has lots of treats, including eleven flavors of cupcakes, lemon bars, cookies, and cheesecake.
DC's original Korean taco truck is still one of our favorites. Try one of each filling (bulgogi beef, chicken, and tofu) topped with spicy kimchi slaw.
This new truck serves Spanish tapas such as bacon croquettes and spicy sautéed shrimp.
This well-known fleet of trucks doles out marinated chicken, lamb, and veggies over rice or salad, or in gyros.
That Cheesecake Truck
Individual cheesecakes run in flavors including classic plain, key lime, and Italian hazelnut.
Tops American Food Company
It doesn't get more American than chili-cheese dogs, fries, or a sausage topped with fried egg, cheese, and maple syrup on a roll.