Langston Grille on Wheels owner Antonio Roberson mans his food truck while a customer checks out the lunch menu. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson
Last week, we covered the debut of the Korean-themed Seoul Food truck, and now there's a new American truck on the road too: Langston Grille on Wheels, a vendor hawking collards, jerk wings, potato salad, and other soul food specialties.
Owner Antonio Roberson's truck, just over a week old, is a spinoff of Langston Bar & Grille, his brick- and-mortar eatery on Benning Road in Northeast DC. When Roberson opened the spot three years ago, it was one of the only sit-down restaurants in the area. The city’s burgeoning street food scene inspired him to take the show on the road. The small menu features three entrées—think a moist, fork-tender roast chicken and fried fish sandwich—and vegetarian sides such as smoky collards and four-cheese mac (sadly, in the version we tried, any hint of cheddar and smoked gouda was masked by sour dairy).
Roberson already has a second truck in the works, which will have more cooking equipment—the current van only has steam tables—so he can make dishes like crab cakes, fried chicken, and waffles on-the-go. That’s planned for the spring, but in the meantime look for portable specials like a pulled-chicken sandwich, braised oxtail, and of course, plenty of sweet tea.
Twitter.com/langstonbar. You'll find the Langston Grille on Wheels at Judiciary Square today and tomorrow, and Metro Center Wednesday through Friday.