24 September 2017
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OMG, It’s Food from a Truck!

Last week, on my way back to work from the Brazilian Consulate, I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon an overwhelming amount of food trucks surrounding Farragut Square Park – 12 to be exact. It was a mob scene. People were lined up as far as the eye could see, eagerly awaiting their turn to experience the foodtruckapalooza.

Nonetheless, I also felt the need to participate in this food-truck orgy.

Make no mistake about it. I am not a fan of food trucks. They are ridiculous, and I think people who are obsessed with them are even more ridiculous.

Why is everyone infatuated with mediocre food that comes from a truck? Do studies show that fast-food from a truck is exponentially better than the standard fast-food joint that you would normally get it from?

Oh, I got it. It must be the world-famous Washington, DC, humidity that enhances the flavor of the food as it sits in a truck all day long.

Regardless, I’m a “food blogger” now, and it is my journalistic duty to try the food from these world-class trucks and report on it.

Whatever you want to eat these days, you can eat from a truck: pasta, pizza, Indian food or Korean BBQ. You name it. It’s only a matter of time before people are lining up for NY strips and foie gras in the beautiful Farragut Square Park.

So I mosied on up to each of these trucks to check out their delicious offerings. To my surprise (or not), I found many starving lunch-breakers in front of the trucks “ooh-ing”, “ahh-ing” and pointing at the menu. They were barely able to contain their excitement. But who could blame them? This was no ordinary menu. This was a menu on the side of a food truck:

“LASAGNA FROM A TRUCK! OMG, I HAVE TO EAT THAT! AND CUPCAKES! I DON’T’ EVEN LIKE CUPCAKES, BUT CUPCAKES FROM A TRUCK? I BET THOSE ARE AMAZING! AND TURKEY SANDWICHES? FOOD TRUCKS ARE AMAZING, OMG!”

Yes, that’s right. In addition to cupcakes and sandwiches, you can now buy lasagna from a truck, if you so choose to bravely venture down that path. I had to take a peek at Basil Thyme, which touts itself as an authentic Italian-style truck that makes fresh pasta and sauce daily. I debated for quite some time whether or not I was going to delve into this pasta extravaganza, but, in the end, I was just too terrified to order it.

I was a food-truck virgin at the time (save one piece of pizza from DC Slices on a drunken Saturday night – terrible, by the way), and I did not have the experience nor the confidence to eat “fresh-cooked” pasta served from a truck. I’ll have to reserve judgment for food-truck parmigiana some other time. In the meantime, I would try something safer.

So I went to the Rolling Ficelle sandwich truck and ordered the De Kooning (roast beef, provolone cheese, red onion, crushed cherry pepper and horseradish aioli). I stood in line for about 10-15 minutes and waited another 10 minutes before the sandwich was ready. Half-an-hour and $6 later, I was the proud owner of my very first food-truck sandwich.

Drum roll please …

I’m not going to lie, it was pretty D*MNGOOD.

I guess that makes me a hypocrite, because I’ve been ripping food trucks for the majority of this article. But, like I said, I’m a food blogger and not a journalist. I can contradict myself as much as I want without consequence. But, now, I must digress and give credit where credit is due. I give two thumbs up to Rolling Ficelle. I probably wouldn’t wait in line for 20 minutes to buy one again, but it was certainly better than its brick-and-mortar counterparts (Subway, Au Bon Pain, Potbelly, etc.). And, for $5.95, it was a steal for this town. In fact, I was so food-truck-excited that I made another purchase later that night.

And scene.

(Later that night …)

I was feeling good. I did my time on U Street. I had my buzz-on. The late-night eats craving was starting to take over, and, with one food-truck sandwich experience under my belt, the sky was the limit. I decided to get after it this time. No fear of pasta or stir-fry from a truck. I was going to eat, and I was going to eat hard. I walked for almost a full minute before becoming impatient and stopping at the first truck I saw.

Eat Wonky would be my next food-truck victim.

Perched out front of Solly’s, this meal-on-wheels serves up grilled cheese, gravy fries and dogs. So what am I going to order? How will I choose from this 5-star menu? The answer is Obvier Bardem:

“OMG, GRILLED CHEESE FROM A TRUCK, ARE YOU KIDDING ME, I’M SO DRUNK, AND I HAVE TO HAVE IT!”

Five minutes and $5 later, they hand me this beautiful disaster of a sandwich, cheese and all oozing out the sides. I raise the sandwich up toward my mouth, salivating as I anticipate the first bite.

Gross.

I take another bite.

Ugh.

Third bite.

Terrible.

It’s in the trash faster than I can spit it out.

(Photo courtesy of www.foodtruckfiesta.com)

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Comments

  1. pete says:

    You have to be pretty retarded as a food blogger to not ‘get’ the draw of modern food trucks. The whole point is *it’s not a restaurant*. Walk up, order your food, eat it. You can even socialize in the meantime.

    Yes, not every food truck is amazing. (Wonky has some kind of ridiculous reputation considering how crappy their food is) But there are many food trucks who have delicious, rare takes on different food that’s difficult to find as conveniently or cheaply as from the truck. There are probably over 40 food trucks in the DMV area which means variety in what is otherwise the same old walking-distance lunch spots throughout downtown.

    Most of us don’t eat foie gras. I know; I just blew your mind. Here’s another mind-blower: most of us aren’t food snobs. Not every meal has to be AMAZING; sometimes you can just have fun with your food. And if you have to make a reservation or pay more than $15 it’s probably a waste. I mean jesus christ, it’s only lunch.

    • Neil Adler says:

      Pete,
      First of all, I am a food snob.
      Second, I don’t eat foie gras.
      Third, I just ate a $5 turkey sandwich for lunch, and it was delish.
      Fourth, we always have fun with our food. That’s why we have a blog.

  2. Brian says:

    Sorry to hear you were apprehensive about our truck. (I own Basil Thyme – the apparently terrifying Lasagna/pasta truck) I think you might have been well served to check out the reviews first – which have been great so far by nearly all accounts – before judging. May people who stop by tell me they saw our 4.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp and ‘had to try!’ us ; Wish you should have too. But it’s cool — Hope we catch you next time and make a believer out of ya .. most folks who try us come back the next week.. and the next week, and….. :)

    • Fair enough, Brian. I’ll make you a deal- I’ll come out and give the food truck lasagna a shot. If it’s as good as grandma used to make we’ll do a good story on it.

  3. Stevesey says:

    I hope Pete gets run over by a Food Truck

  4. blackdontrump says:

    I have to agree with the previous posts. How can you even call yourself or be taken seriously as a “food blogger”, if you are not willing to join the unwashed masses and try all the fare from food trucks? Based on the about section on your website, you clearly are not Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern (Google them if you don’t recognize ) but I would at least expect you to not disparage a truck before you’ve tried it.

    • Dan Adler says:

      You are right, clearly we are not Tony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern (yes, we know who they are). We are not chefs or restaurant owners, but we do know the restaurant scene in DC and across the country very well and that’s why we started this blog. It’s not that we are unwilling to try food trucks, it’s just not our preference. Have you eaten at The French Laundry, Gary Danko, Spago, ABC Kitchen, Amada, Frontera Grill, Michy’s or Komi? Google them if you don’t recognize.

      • blackdontrump says:

        The French Laundry? Spago? You forgot to name drop Tavern on the Green lol Come on Dan. I guess next you’ll ask me do I know who James Beard is. lol Obviously I’ve hit a nerve, which is fine. From your response you just confirmed my suspicion,which is that you are a food snob. I know the upper middle class and top 5% of taxpayers such as yourself need a hobby, but if you are going to put yourself out there expect some backlash from time to time. Your skin has got to be tougher than the perfectly crisp skin on a suckling pig lol As to your question, I personally love Daniel Boulud and make a point to eat at one of his restaurants when I’m in NY. I’ll save the “Google Daniel if you don’t recognize” routine because frankly its boring at this point. Kind of like this back and forth with you. I wish you and your colleagues success with your blog.

        • Mark Minicucci says:

          Mr. Trump,

          It actually looks like you are the one that is getting upset. Maybe you own a food truck too? My apologies. Who would have thought this harmless article would have started such a revolt?

          We do appreciate your comments and a healthy conversation is always welcomed. This would not be a true review without the feedback of others. By all means eat food from a truck if that’s what floats your boat.

          Food Snob. I kinda like the sound of that. I might put that on my business card. Maybe Executive Food Snob?

          • blackdontrump says:

            Mark,
            Upset? To the contrary, I find you and Dan rather entertaining. I’m actually rather flattered that between being rude and condescending prior to stiffing the server on the tip, you would respond to a comment I posted. lol By the way, I much rather prefer the title Grand Poobah of the Royal Order of International Food Snobs LTD. Haha
            Look Dan and Mark. It’s obvious my comment didn’t resonate. Whether you like or don’t prefer food truck fare is irrelevant. My issue with Mark’s blog was the implication that the Basil Thyme food truck in some way didn’t use quality products and had questionable food handling conditions. While I’ll extend the benefit of doubt that you had no malicious intent but an attempt at humor,this is still a guys business that I can imagine that he worked hard to obtain and works even harder to make successful. If you don’t like the food, that’s fair game. But to demean his business without the benefit of at least having tried it is rather unfair wouldn’t you agree? And no, I don’t own a food truck but I’m a partner in a Hi- tech business venture. I’m just a passionate lover of all things food and wine.

        • Stevesey says:

          BDT,

          Trust me, I’ve been around these guys and they definitely are food snobs. Like super snobby. But you know what, they hate food trucks and they have a blog. I like carrots. But I hate rabbits.

  5. Kelley says:

    Liar Liar Pants on Fire. You ate Cap Mac and loved it, allegedly. Agree Slices is Le Suck and I wouldn’t even think about touching Eat Wonky, esp when the best drunk pizza shop in town is only steps from Solly’s.