The D.C. Food Trucks You Don’t Want to Miss Out on
Whether you’re between meetings or between sightseeing in D.C., food trucks are the perfect way to grab a quick lunch or treat and experience some of the best street food D.C. has to offer.
Washington, D.C. is home to a growing number of food trucks offering everything from tacos, Asian cuisine, and lobster, to cookies, crepes, donuts, and more.
Grab a bite of some of the best food you’ve ever had while on the go.
Here are a few of the area’s most popular food truck options.
“Divine southern comfort food” is the only way to describe the food from Puddin’. Toyin can be found cooking rapahannock oyster and wild blue catfish poboys, shrimp ‘n grits, chicken and beef sausage gumbo, and other joyful southern comfort foods. You can taste the passion that goes into every bite of this soulfully prepared food.
Find her at Union Market and don’t forget to try her famous brown butter bourbon bread puddin’!
The Peruvian Brothers
The Peruvian Brothers are serving up authentic “Comida Criolla” in their food trucks around D.C. After growing up in Lima, the brothers craved the tastes of their childhood—rooted in Andean, Spanish, African and Asian influences—and they now serve up delicious empanadas, braised beef, salted pork, peuruvian chorizo and more…and their sauces are no joke!
Whether you check out their food trucks or have them cater your next event, The Peruvian Brothers are worth trying.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Two of America’s favorite comfort foods—doughnuts & fried chicken—in the same food truck? Yes please! Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is a labor of love and offers the crispiest fried chicken in D.C..
We love that they offer square (and round) doughnuts in crazy-yummy, daily-special flavors like Banana Pudding, Key-Lime Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Peanut Butter Pie, and their classics like Maple Bacon and PB&J.
If you spy this food truck around town, don’t miss out!
Smoking Kow BBQ
If you’re into brisket, pulled pork, and Mexican street corn salad…the Smoking Kow BBQ food trucks are where it’s at!
Voted a Top 13 BBQ Spot in DC by The Washingtonian, you can spy their black and white trucks around D.C. or visit their brick and mortars in Alexandria and Arlington. Smoking Kow also offers catering and special event food truck service.
A Little Bit of Something for Everyone Arepa Zone
The first and only food truck serving Venezuelan cuisine in the DC area, Arepa has been voted best chef, customer service, and breakthrough dish, as well as best new food truck and truck of the year.
Arepa Zone makes its rounds, ensuring that its Venezuelan goodness reaches every corner of DC. While this food truck is incredibly convenient for a quick lunch, they also have restaurants on 14th Street and Western Market.
If you’re looking to sit down and take your time, check out one of their locations. You can order some of their delicious pabellón bowls, patacón, tequeños, cachapas, arepas, and other classics.
Grab a Slice of DC from DC Slices
Come on. Everyone loves pizza.
It’s one of the only things that almost everyone can agree on. Be it deep dish, NY style, or thin crust – pizza is just good. And everyone knows it.
But, for some reason, there aren’t a lot of food trucks offering pizza. And that’s where DC Slices comes in. Offering fresh-out-the-oven thin-crust pizza, DC Slices serves items for pizza lovers created by pizza lovers.
It offers crowd favorites like cheese, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, veggie, meat lovers, and Hawaiian, as well as varieties of tater tots, mozzarella sticks, salads, and funnel cakes.
How could you go wrong with a food truck this good?
In fact, they’re so popular that they have four food trucks roaming the streets to meet the demands of their customers.
So join the masses and grab a slice.
Far East Taco Grille
An American street food truck with ethnic fusion, Far East Taco Grille offers a wide variety of food to satisfy all of your cravings.
When you step up to this truck, you’ll be able to order báhn mi, kimchi tacos, bowls, burritos, quesadillas, salads, fries, egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, chips and dip, and more.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Its flavors are inspired by Mexican and Asian cuisines – the best of both worlds! Just one bite and your whole day will get better.
Check out Far East Taco Grille’s food truck schedule to find them in the DMV today!
Captain Cookie and the Milkman
A mobile bakery and dairy bar, Captain Cookie serves fresh-baked cookies, local creamery milk, and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches.
Get your fix of homemade cookie flavors like chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, funfetti, oatmeal, ginger molasses, vegan chocolate chip, and double chocolate.Wash it all down with any of their milk options or make a sandwich out of their vanilla, chocolate, or black cherry ice cream.
Their trucks are booked for private events a lot of the time, so make sure to double-check their schedule.
And a portion of their profits are donated to charity, so feel free to buy a few extra cookies for the road. It is for charity, after all.
Check them out—they like to hang out in Foggy Bottom, Brookland, and Eastern Market.
A family-owned business, this truck is run by Houston, Texas natives.
They grew up surrounded by authentic Vietnamese food both in their community and in their own kitchen. Now they spend their days making all of our lives better with their delicious food.
This Vietnamese-focused food truck is also influenced by Chinese and French elements. It offers báhn mi, Vietnamese street tacos, pho, egg rolls, shrimp chips, deep-fried Chinese breadsticks, iced coffee, Thai tea, and plenty of sodas and water.
Check out their delicious eats on Instagram and see where their food truck will be hanging out in Washington D.C. today.
Swizzler has a new menu featuring mouth-watering grass-fed beef burgers, veggie burgers, classic hot dogs, crispy chicken sandwiches, and their signature french fries.
We love their candied jalapenos on the side to top off our veggie burgers and the spudz ultimate fry sauce for our dipping pleasure.
They have a new spot at the Navy Yard and you can spot the food truck around town or at special events.
So what are you waiting for?
Offering fresh halal food, Tasty Kabab offers chicken and rice, chicken on pita, lamb on rice, lamb gyros, veggie platters, chickpeas, meatball kabobs, chicken and mushrooms, and more.
It was created to bring a father and son’s favorite meals from their home country of Afghanistan to the people of Washington, DC, and it’s been impressing palates since 2010.
In fact, their food is so good that they’ve expanded their business to five trucks.
So carve some time out of your day to hit up one of their self-proclaimed “clean, green, tasty machines.”
Goodies aims to take its customers down memory lane, delighting taste buds with its legendary frozen custard and treats.
It’s DC’s first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery,” and focuses its efforts on frozen treats that pay homage to the legends of rock and roll. So order a “Juke Box,” “Jitterbug,” or “Boogie Woogie,” and delight in the taste of their Wisconsin-style frozen custard.
Follow their Goodies Instagram to find them in and around Washington D.C.
Mama’s Donut Bites
Specializing in mini donuts that are hot, fresh, and made to order, Mama’s creates and offers a rotating list of flavors and combinations.
It was founded by a mother, son, and daughter in 2011, and has been mentioned by both the Washington Post and Northern Virginia Living magazine. You may want to order some extra donuts to take home with you. We’ve heard you can use them to make french toast.
Sweetz provides cheesecakes, cookies, cakes, and brownies, including vegan and gluten-free options. It boasts flavors like classic, raspberry, amaretto, chocolate, chocolate chip Kahlua, black forest, caramel pecan, key lime, Irish crème, mango, tiramisu, peanut butter cup, and many more.
And if you want them to cater an event for you, they offer individual and mini cheesecakes, as well as cheesecake dippers.
Count us in for the best Food Trucks in DC!
As you can see, DC has some of the best meals on wheels this country has ever seen. DC also has some of the best neighborhoods in the nation, and we’ve got apartments in every one of them.
Grab a quick bite at these delicious food trucks, and enjoy your day.