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In the spirit of the Oscars—or at least a high-school yearbook—we present our very first Wheelie Awards.
Best shtick: The Pho Junkies truck.

Best bang for your buck: The massive Thai/Laotian combo platters ($11 to $13)—a mess of skewers, drunken noodles, spring rolls, and papaya salad—at Sang on Wheels. They could double as dinner.

Best (but hardest-to-find) barbecue: The vinegary, smoky pulled-pork sandwich at the Woodshed, a Twitterless, Facebook-free truck that pops up at Truckeroo events and before games, in the Bullpen outside Nationals Park.

Oddest cuisine mash-up: Native American tacos with fry bread, borscht with cilantro, and shawarma with bánh mì accents. You’ll find them all at Urban Bumpkin BBQ, which bills itself as Asian/Alaskan/Russian. Oh, and it also has Vietnamese coffee.

Strangest pairing: The (really good) ropa vieja-topped hot dogs served alongside gym-bunny cups of açai, blueberries, and granola at MightyDog and Acai.

Best snack to eat on the run: Elote—cobs of sweet corn rolled in mayo, chili powder, and queso fresco—at La Tingeria.

Best bread: Freshly made naan at Indian Flavors (no Twitter).

Best fries: Crunchy Cajun-seasoned spuds at Crab Cab.

Best shtick: The Walking Dead-like Pho Junkies truck, covered in zombie warning signs and offering a “survivor menu.” Its slogan: “Better Than Brains!”

Best finishing touch: The crunchy, crumbled Cheez-Its sprinkled on the mac and cheese at CapMac.

Most ambitious expansion plans: Captain Cookie & the Milkman, which plans to bring its sweets to Raleigh-Durham . . . and Paris.

Most overrepresented dish: Tacos. More than 20 local trucks serve them in some form.

Best afternoon snacks: Maine Avenue Popcorn—a mix of salty-sweet kettle corn, Old Bay-spiced popcorn, and buttered kernels—from Popped! Republic. And the chewy Nutella cookies from Captain Cookie.

Best truck spinoff of a brick-and-mortar business: Dangerously Delicious, because all lunches should end with a slice of its pecan pie.

Most derivative idea: All the Korean taco trucks that take after LA’s scene-starting Kogi truck.

Oddest career path: Peruvian Brothers co-owner Giuseppe Lanzone, who rowed in the Beijing and London Olympics.

Most prestigious credential: The Wharton MBA held by Stephen Adelson of Carnivore BBQ.

Biggest Twitter presence: Red Hook Lobster Pound, with more than 26,000 followers.

Truck grub we miss the most: The wonderfully messy triple-decker patties from Dorothy Moon’s Gourmet Burgers. The truck is moving to Charlottesville.


Want more food trucks? Check out our 25 local favorites.

Posted at 12:00 AM/ET, 09/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Caroline Cunningham

Happy hump day, food truck followers! Embrace the cooler weather with these fall flavors: spiced pumpkin soup from Mediterranean Delights and maple cream cheese-topped carrot cake from Sweetbites.

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Posted at 11:30 AM/ET, 09/17/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Hallie Golden

Happy Tuesday, food truck followers! Get outside today for some Rocklands Pearl (mac and cheese, barbecue baked beans, and chopped pork) at Rocklands BBQ Truck, and finish up with rasberry swirl cheescake from Sweetz Cheesecake.

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Posted at 09:56 AM/ET, 09/16/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Caroline Cunningham

Happy Monday, food truck followers! Try a taste of Baba's Big Bite’s Miami burger—an Angus beef patty topped with Parmesan and mozzarella, stacked on an onion roll—or perk up your afternoon with a coffee shake from Carmen's Italian Ice

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Posted at 11:25 AM/ET, 09/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
And it's heading to Washington. By Anna Spiegel
The Four Seasons food truck rolls into Washington in October. Photograph courtesy of the Four Seasons.

A Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts truck is headed to Washington, and no, it's not giving out small, luxurious bath products. The five-star chain is jumping on the food truck trend to expand its brand and appeal to younger spenders, similar to the TGI Fridays "road tour" and the Nutella-mobile.

The East Coast tour runs from Boston down to Miami, with a stop in Washington October 13 through 18. (Baltimore gets its turn the week before, October 6 through 11.) Truck stops include various events or popular landmarks, where the Four Seasons culinary team will cook up city-specific menus. Washington's will center around riffs on "American comforts" (see below), such as half-smoke corn dogs, kimchi grilled cheese, and tutti fruitti macaroons.

Props to anyone who shows up for lunch in a plush bathrobe and bedroom slippers. 

Four Seasons DC Taste Truck Menu

  • Kale “Caesar”, Jalapeno Corn Bread Croutons, Queso Fresco, Chipotle Caesar Dressing, $5
  • All Beef “DC Halfsmoke” Mini Corn Dogs, Chili Cheese Dip, $6
  • Grilled “Kimcheese”, Smoked Gouda, Brioche, $6
  • Lamb Burger, Humus, Tabouleh, Raita, Sesame Bun, $9
  • Bulgogie Short Rib Sandwich, Cucumber Kimchee, Gochujang Mayo, Korean Hot Sauce, $9
  • Mojo Spiced Chicken Kebab, Chimichurri Yogurt, Grilled Pita, $8
  • BBQ Spiced French Fries, Smoked Ketchup or White BBQ Sauce, $3
  • Grilled Potato, Cucumber, Red Onion Salad, Creole Mustard Vinaigrette, $3
  • Tutti Frutti Tye Dyed Macaroons, $5
  • Neapolitan Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, $5

This post has been updated from a previous version. Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 10:41 AM/ET, 09/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Caroline Cunningham

Where have all the mobile restaurants gone? Have no fear, food truck followers—you can find more than 20 trucks serving savory and sweet treats at the Truckeroo food truck festival from 11 to 11 at the Bullpen, near the Navy Yard Metro stop.  

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Posted at 11:30 AM/ET, 09/12/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Hallie Golden

Happy Thursday, food truck followers! The work week is almost over, so treat yourself with mixed-berry pie from The Pie Truck or Nutella-banana crepes at Crepes Parfait.

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 09/11/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Caroline Cunningham

Happy hump day, food truck followers! Take a last bite of summer flavors with barbecue tofu from Woodland's Vegan Bistro or grilled zucchini from CapMac’s "endless summer" special. 

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 09/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Hallie Golden

Happy Tuesday, food truck followers! The gloom isn't stopping the fleet of food trucks today, so head out to satisfy your Mediterranean craving with hearty gyros from Mediterranean Delight or warm up with some chicken pho from Phonation.

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Posted at 11:45 AM/ET, 09/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Caroline Cunningham

Happy Monday, food truck followers! You may not have the day off like you did last week, but at least you can have lamb and chicken kebabs from Village Cafe Express and a caramel macchiato or strawberries n’ cream cupcake from Sweetbites

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Posted at 11:15 AM/ET, 09/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()