Ready for street food?
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. Here are just a few of the area’s most popular food truck options.
A Little Bit of Something for Everyone
Arepa Zone —The first and only food truck serving Venezuelan cuisine in the D.C. area, Arepa has been voted best chef, customer service, and breakthrough dish, as well as best new food truck and truck of the year. Its menu includes pabellón bowls, patacón, tequeños, cachapas, arepas, and other classics.
DC Slices — 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.
Far East Taco Grille — An American street food truck with ethnic fusion, Far East Taco Grille offers everything from báhn mi and kimchi tacos to bowls, burritos, quesadillas, salads, fries, egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, chips and dip, and more. Its flavors are inspired by Mexican and Asian cuisines.
PhoWheels DC — This Vietnamese-focused food truck is 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.
Red Hook Lobster Pound — A mostly cashless operation, the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck serves lunch to hundreds of D.C. residents daily. It offers East Coast favorites like Connecticut-style lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, Maine-style lobster rolls, lobster Caesar salad, Maine root soda, and warm apple cider, among other items.
Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs — Swizzler offers gourmet hot dogs made from grass-fed beef, served on locally made buns, topped with house toppings, and featuring a spiral cut. Its menu includes the Leonardo Dog Vinci, Feast Mode, J(ersey) Dawg, Maized & Confused, and the Abe Froman, as well as a Plain Jane build-your-own option on a brioche bun.
Tasty Kabob — 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, D.C., and it’s been impressing palates since 2010.
Dessert and Treats Trucks
Captain Cookie and the Milk Man — A mobile bakery and dairy bar, Captain Cookie serves fresh-baked cookies, local creamery milk, and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. It offers various cookie flavors like chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, funfetti, oatmeal, ginger molasses, and double chocolate, as well as multiple milk options and vanilla, chocolate, and black cherry ice cream.
Goodies — This truck aims to take its customers down memory lane, delighting taste buds with its legendary frozen custard and treats. It’s D.C.’s first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery,” and focuses its efforts on frozen treats that pay homage to the legends of rock and roll.
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.
Sweetz Cheesecake — 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.