There are so many food trucks in DC nowadays that I do not know if I will ever get to try them all. It is hard sometimes to get to a truck if they are outside of the area near my work and not all trucks make it to the Chinatown area. With food trucks being so popular here, some trucks have been able to open brick and mortar locations serving not only the food from their truck, but they have been able to expand their menus as well. Here are five places that started out in the food truck business.
- DC Empanadas – DC Empanadas, one of my favorite food trucks, started their food truck in January of 2011. They serve delicious empanadas in several flavors. The truck serves a rotating menu of four different empanadas every day. Usually there will be three meat based empanada and one vegetarian option. They now also have a stand at Union Market which is located in Northeast DC. The stand offers 5 empanada options a day as well as sodas and lemonade.
- Pleasant Pops – Pleasant Pops, as the name suggests, sells specialty popsicles. They started as a cart at local farmers’ markets in 2010 and then purchased a truck in 2011. In 2012 they opened their first brick and mortar location, the Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café in Adams Morgan. This year, they opened their second location in Downtown DC on 15th Street NW near the White House. The stores sell the popsicles as well as coffee, tea, bread, snacks, honey, and other goods. They also serve baked goods, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
- Takorean – Takorean specializes in fusion tacos, in their case Korean BBQ tacos. Takorean started in August 2010 and opened their first location in 2012. They now have three locations. The original location is also at Union Market in Northeast. They also have a location in the Yards Complex near Nationals Park and one at the National Place food court on 13th and F Streets NW. You can get Korean BBQ tacos, rice bowls, and slaw bowls with your choice of protein and toppings. The stores also have chips and salsa and some locations serve beer, sake, and soju.
- District Taco – District Taco, one of my all time favorites, started out as a cart in 2009 and then expanded to trucks. They opened their first restaurant in Arlington in November of 2010. District Taco now has six locations and no longer operates their trucks. They have three DC locations, one in Dupont Circle on 19th and M Streets NW, one at Eastern Market, and one near Metro Center on 13th and F Streets NW. They also have three locations in Virginia, the original location in Arlington on Lee Highway, one in Alexandria on S Washington Street, and one in Dunn Loring near the Dunn Loring Metro stop.
- Chupacabra – Chupacabra started as a taco truck in November of 2011. They now have a restaurant on H Street NE called Chupacabra Latin Kitchen and Taqueria and no longer operate the truck. The restaurant serves tacos, arepas, tostadas, sandwiches, beer, sangria, and margaritas.