DC loves its food trucks – in recent years, the phenomenon has exploded, and some trucks have been so popular (or made enough money) to open brick-and-mortar restaurants. The trucks park at various places around town and office workers and others can go check out the variety instead of going to their usual delis or lunch spots.
The most popular spot for food trucks in the city is Franklin Square downtown, but I prefer the ones at Metro Center near 12th and G Streets NW – there are not as many trucks, usually about 6 to 10, but lines are shorter and there’s always a nice variety.
Food trucks by their nature drive around, which means there’s always variety. Metro Center often has things like a crepe truck, tacos, Peruvian, kebabs, BBQ, sushi, cheese-steaks and a lot more. My favorites, which are there every now and then, are the Korean taco truck (think rich bulgogi beef in a taco or a lettuce wrap, like a Korean BBQ restaurant,) the Vietnamese spot with banh mi sandwiches – French bread, pork, cilantro and carrot, and the Thai Lemongrass truck. There are dessert ones too sometimes. Celebrity chef Jose Andres has a truck which shows up sometimes too.
Odds are you’ll find something interesting, and despite being mobile takeout spots, many take credit cards as well.
There’s a seating area near the Metro entrance nearby, or you can walk a few blocks to Freedom Plaza or other city parks to eat your fresh vittles.