The Food Trucks You Need to Try in Washington, D.C.

Food trucks in the Mall
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If you're hungry and short of time in the nation's capital, food trucks are at the ready with a variety of quick and inexpensive dining options that include barbecue, Mexican food, pizza, empanadas, crab, lobster, and Asian fusion. You'll never go hungry on the streets of Washington. Over the past few years, there's been an amazing explosion of new food trucks in the District. Most of these trucks frequent the downtown area. Food vending has caught up with the 21st century in other ways, too. You can find many of them at any given time by following them on Twitter.

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    Food Trucks at Farragut Square (Park) in the 900 block of 17th Street between K and I Streets, NW, Washington DC .
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    If you're in the mood for the quintessential comfort food, macaroni and cheese, CapMac is for you. This food truck serves a variety of types of mac and cheese, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. The menu changes seasonally. 

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    The roaming restaurant serves barbecue platters, sandwiches, beans, slaw, potato salad, bacon mashed potatoes, and vegetarian chili. Find this truck and fulfill that yen for barbecue. Many items on the menu are available by the pound to take home or back to the office, and catering is also available. 

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    The Big Cheese Truck uses artisan cheeses from local farmers markets to make yummy grilled cheese sandwiches like Gruyere with asparagus on sourdough, Gouda and caramelized onions on multigrain, and chipotle cheddar, jalapeno, and guacamole on sourdough. Tomato soup and chips are appropriate sides. This food truck visits downtown Washington and Northern Virginia.

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    DC Empanadas has just what its name advertises and offers beef, pork, chicken, and vegetarian varieties. They're all handmade and filled to the brim with local ingredients. Menu items rotate, so you never quite know what you're going to get. Check DC Empanadas on Twitter for its daily offerings.

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    A slice on the street is a wondrous thing. This mobile pizza kitchen roams through the city during lunch and late night, so you're never far from some delicious pizza, that standby staple for nearly any time of day. The pizza is made right in the truck, so it goes right from the oven to your mouth.

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    Satisfy that taste for some Mexican food at the District Taco food truck. It serves Yucatan-style tacos, burritos, and quesadillas that are made fresh every day in Washington and Arlington, Virginia.

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    Feelin' Crabby serves up the real deal: The Crabwich is real jumbo lump crab and red pepper on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato. Crab salads, crab sliders, and crab chips are also on the menu.

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    Seoul Food DC's menu offers a variety of Korean/Japanese recipes, including bibimbap, maki rolls, and kimchi quesadillas, plus an assortment of Asian fusion breakfast dishes. Ingredients include grass-fed beef, local chicken, and organic tofu. Seoul Food DC has t​rucks in Washington and Arlington.

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    If you can't get away to Maine in the summertime, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC's food truck brings it to the District with its Maine-style lobster roll, shrimp roll, New England clam chowder, whoopie pies, lobster Caesar salad, and Maine Root Soda.