8 Great Washington DC Food Trucks

Eating from Washington DC food trucks is like taking a trip around the world. Choose from Asian, Latin, African, American, and ethnic fusion DC food trucks.

A little over a year ago I completed a work assignment in Washington DC. Every weekday workday I rode the train into Capital City, did some work, and looked forward to lunch from one of the many DC food trucks.

Working at Union Station—a magnificent building (go visit!)—several quick bite places inside the building tempted me but almost every day I went outside because of the dizzying array of food trucks. Less than two blocks away from Union Station, every weekday, food trucks start lining up between 10:30 and 11:15. Typically at 11:30, DC food trucks open their doors to the hungry government and private sector cubicle dwellers (like I was).

Most days I would window shop the selections. Oh, look, there is a Laotian truck. Or, hmmm, will I try Ethiopian food today? Every day was a mini trip around the world.

a colorful food truck in Washington DC
where to find some of the best food trucks in Washington DC

On the other hand, most DC food trucks also stick to a schedule. The lasagna truck showed up every Tuesday and the lobster roll truck (yes, lobster rolls!) tempted us every other Thursday.

Near Union Station is not the only place where to find food trucks in DC. More than five food trucks usually congregate around McPherson Square, L’Enfant Plaza, and Metro Center. Work days are also not the only time for food trucks in Washington DC. Local food truck operators love visiting the many festivals and wherever crowds are on the weekends.

McCool Travel tip: When visiting Washington DC, check online real-time automated tracking of DC food trucks.

Below are some of my favorite food trucks in Washington DC. Since our tastes are different, certainly your favorites will be different from mine. Heck, some of these food trucks might even be closed down by the time you read this article. Check DC apps to find current DC food trucks.

1. Red Hook Lobster Truck

For a special treat, I love lobster rolls. OK, truth, forget the special treat. I could eat lobster rolls every single day for lunch. This sandwich is more expensive than others but IT IS LOBSTER. Red Hook lobster rolls are served in two styles, Connecticut and Maine. Maine style lobster has a little mayo while Connecticut, my preference, has butter.

Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck
Red Hook Lobster Pound is one of the best DC food trucks
close up picture of a lobster roll
try a Connecticut style lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound

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2. Lemongrass

McCool Travel NOTE: The Lemongrass food truck has been reported as closed. Please support your favorite small business so that it can remain open.

I am amazed I can get high quality and delicious Vietnamese food from a food truck. Lemongrass’ Bahn Mi sandwich is outstanding.

 Lemongrass food truck
Washington DC food trucks: Lemongrass Truck

3. Basil Thyme

Gourmet lasagna, huge portions, fuhgedabudit.

Basil Thyme food truck
Washington DC food trucks: Basil Thyme
lasagna from Basil Thyme food truck
Stop! Basil Thyme! Washington DC food trucks

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4. Pho-Bachi

Believe it or not, the weather in Washington DC is not always perfect. Luckily, many food trucks operate into the late Brrrs (November and December) when I felt like having Pho pretty much every day. Another food truck I often got Pho from is Phonation.

Pho Bachi food truck
Washington DC food trucks: Pho Bachi

5. El Fuego

Latin food trucks dominate the DC food truck scene. The Pollo Saltado from El Fuego is at least two meal portions, yet I somehow usually finish it off myself.

El Fuego food truck
Washington DC food trucks: El Fuego

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6. DC Pollo

The Peruvian style chicken with veggies, rice, and plantains from DC Pollo is a great food truck lunch.

DC Pollo Peruvian chicken food truck in DC
DC Pollo Peruvian chicken food truck
take out meal from DC Pollo Peruvian chicken
DC Pollo Peruvian chicken

7. Jerks of the Caribbean

McCool Travel NOTE: Jerks of the Caribbean food truck has been reported as closed. Please support your favorite small business so that it can remain open.

Caribbean food trucks also appear among the DC food trucks. Besides amazing jerk chicken from Jerks of the Caribbean, one of the best Cuban sandwiches I ever ate was from a Puerto Rican food truck (Borinquen).

Jerks of the Caribbean food truck logo
Washington DC food trucks: Jerks of the Caribbean
food from Jerks of the Caribbean food truck
Jerks of the Caribbean: DC food truck

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8. dessert: Dolci Gelati

Might as well get dessert from food trucks, too. In addition to the Dolci Gelati truck, other DC food trucks specialize in cookies, ice cream, crepes, and doughnuts (and fried chicken).

Dolci Gelati food truck
Washington DC food truck: Dolci Gelati

While waiting for food, some DC food trucks even entertain and educate.

Hindi phrases on the side of a food truck in DC
Hindi lesson on DC food truck

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Are you a food truck fan? What are your favorite DC food trucks?

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Eating at Washington DC food trucks is like taking a trip around the world. Choose from Asian, Latin, African, American, & fusion. And dessert food trucks!

8 Great Washington DC Food Trucks was first published for McCool Travel on 19 April 2017

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14 thoughts on “8 Great Washington DC Food Trucks”

  1. The food truck culture literally seems to be taking the world by storm Charles! Quite amazing scene in DC. I see FT’s litter NYC, in a good way. Lots of glam or deluxe numbers, going overboard on quality of food. You’ve the traditional dirty spoon deals too which I prefer. More pigeon less pheasant LOL.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

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