DC’s food truck scene has been expanding and changing over the past few years. Forget about the old-school gyros and hot dogs you’re used to seeing—these trucks are on the cutting edge of the culinary scene, meaning you can try out an exciting array of food options around town. Here are our top five picks for the best food trucks in Washington, DC.
This Hawaiian food truck has proven so popular that it recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant serving up island-style poke. The food truck offers some more variety, meaning you can try out delicious dishes like Spam musubi that blend tropical flavors with more traditional American ingredients.
Hoping for a light, delicious, guilt-free lunch? Head over to the Tokyo in the City truck. You’ll find a variety of different types of sushi rolls, including the always-popular maki rolls, as well as fresh-tasting nigari and sashimi.
If you’ve already packed lunch but want something to nurse your sweet tooth, make sure to head to Captain Cookie and the Milkman for dessert. The much-loved local food truck offers tailor-made ice cream sandwiches, where you can choose the cookie base (make sure to try the cinnamon-and-sugar-covered Snickerdoodle) and ice cream.
Local legend Jose Andres has won nationwide acclaim for his culinary skills, including Spanish restaurant Jaleo (you’ll find the flagship in downtown DC), as well as his more recent charity efforts in Puerto Rico. While the celebrity chef’s food usually doesn’t come cheap, Andres also runs a local food truck, Pepe, which offers simple, affordable Spanish dishes like a manchego sandwich.
Eating at food trucks don’t mean that you’ll be forgoing luxury. If you can beat the line to uber-popular DC food truck Red Hook Lobster Pound, you’ll get to sample melt-in-your-mouth, super-buttery lobster rolls, served New England-style on a soft bread bun.