Langston Grille on Wheels Hits the Streets (Pictures)

The owner of Northeast DC's Langston Bar & Grille brings his soul food to the downtown lunch crowd.

Langston Grille on Wheels owner Antonio Roberson mans his food truck while a customer checks out the lunch menu. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson

Slideshow: Langston Grille on Wheels Hits the Streets  

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.

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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. You’ll find the Langston Grille on Wheels at Judiciary Square today and tomorrow, and Metro Center Wednesday through Friday.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.