Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Survived 3 natural disasters in 5 days, and now back to the trucks

And today's winner was BBQ Bus!  It would have been Sabor'a Street for soft-shell tacos since it's been a while, but they were running late...too late for me.  So armed with new information from Che (co-owner of BBQ Bus) after my last blog post about what I could order, when I saw they were nearby again I took the opportunity to check out those ribs.  As a result, they moved from 3.5 to 4 honks, with the updated review below:
BBQ Bus (@bbqbusdc on Twitter) -- At long last, they have started coming out more than just Friday-Sunday.  YAY!  Tried the BBQ Sampler Platter, which had a scoop each of chicken, pork, and beef BBQ.  Chicken & pork both had the #5 sauce, while there was a little #2 on the beef.  All the meats & all the sauces were quite tasty, including an additional BBQ sauce (Memphis-style) I got on the side so I could try it; it was nice they serve BBQ with only a little sauce, and then you can add one or more of several sauces from squeezebottles to your own desired heat & "wetness".  I wanted to try the ribs, but they seem to have stopped serving the "side" which was only 3, as opposed to a full or half rack.  The Sampler came with beans & slaw, although I swapped out the beans for corn on the cob.  The slaw was nice; vinegar-based, so not to wet or heavy, with pickled onions & jalapenos.  With my second visit I tried the 3 bean chili.  Served with Frito's on top, it had a nice kick and will be awesome on a cool day.  You almost forget there's no meat, it was so good!  UPDATE (31Aug): You know that show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on Food Network?  All the stars make a production of eating some of their favorite foods....?  That was totally me as I dove in to the ribs I was finally able to get now I know to just ask for whatever I want and Che will hook it up.  Although there was a bit more fat left on the ribs than I normally cook for myself, they were incredibly tender with the plentiful meat falling off the bone.  Plus, not only are they gently dressed with award winning Number 5 sauce, whatever concoction of seasonings being used for the dry rub should be considered for an award or two as well.  Nom nom nom.  Now one of my favorite trucks!!  Thanks Che!  (Pics below)
 Gotta love that Number 5!!!  Really, so good.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Finally Goode

Goode's Mobile Kitchen has been hiding from me, but alas, no more!  The secret is he's only at Farrugut every other Thursday, which is unfortunate because I really enjoyed it.  I'm kicking him off at 3.5 honks with the following review detailed in the first blog post:
Goode's Mobile Kitchen (@mobilekitchen on Twitter) -- FINALLY caught up with these super nice guys serving up "Caribbean Soul Food".  They were offering free samples of jerk chicken to anyone walking by which changed my mind on what to order.  I normally don't care for jerk, but this was sweet and mildly spicy with a quite pleasant sauce to go on top.  It could actually stand to have had more heat IMHO, but the owner did comment he didn't make it too spicy to satisfy the general public.  (OK, I could probably add a little extra hot sauce to it if I want.)  The jerk chicken cheesesteak cooked to order and served with whatever accompaniments you'd like (peppers, onions, lettuce, tomato, etc) took a bit longer than expected, but for $8 I received a huge mess of a sub sandwich exactly how I wanted it with amazing flavor.  And when I say "mess of a sub" it really was ... very difficult to eat because the soft bread just crumbled apart with the heavy chunks of chicken topped by the melted cheese and sauce just making everything wet.  But it tasted so good.  Can't wait to go back and try something else like chicken curry, turkey burger, or a crab cake, however he's visiting Farrugut only every other Thursday.  Boo!  (Pic below)
Also made a stop at BBQ Bus to get myself some 3 bean chili as a side to my sandwich.  While I updated the review and added a photo, I haven't moved them yet to 4 honks yet -- I'd really like to try the ribs but it appears the only way to get ribs on the current menu is to order the combo which comes with 4 ribs and BBQ chicken.  There used to be an option to buy a 1/2 rack, but it doesn't seem to be available any more.  Or, how about a 3x3?  3 ribs served with an order of 3-bean chili....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yellow Vendor may be coming out of the cellar!

A few of us went up to Farrugut today, and while I had already settled on TaKorean, a friend visited Yellow Vendor and it looked AWESOME!  I will be trying again soon.

Don't forget, in addition to updating reviews on a constant basis, I am also adding photos of all the great food.  So keep returning to the first post and scroll to the bottom to see what you may find at a food truck near you!

In other news, SeoulFoodDC says they will be starting on Monday in Virginia but have not yet been able to secure their DC permits.

Also, just announced, Truckeroo IV will be on Friday, September 30.  It's a total bummer for me as I'll be out of town, but I am sure anyone who goes will have a blast -- HIGHLY recommended!

Friday, August 12, 2011

YAY Truckeroo!

I'm just back from Truckeroo, and three trucks and two beers later, I am ready for a nap!  But so fun and so yummy!  Cajunators premiered, and that was my first stop for some flavorful jambalaya.  The funky-awesome truck is below, AKA the original Dangerously Delicious Pies truck.

Next up was another try at Stix.  And finished off with Sinplicity for some sorbet & ice cream.  I wanted more, but I might have been left in a food coma and I actually have some work to do this afternoon.  Pics of the event itself are easily found on Twitter -- check 'em out!

As always, check the updates to the FIRST post for full reviews.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A sad story... And some "sunshine"

If you are reading this blog, you are probably also pretty serious about food trucks, so you may know the Phonomenon truck has closed up shop as quickly as it opened.  The woman who was running things had this explanation.  I was able to enjoy a pork banh mi on her last day, and what they offered was such a good value, so it is too bad such a young truck had such a short life.

Today I tried Sol again and was quite pleased with my lunch.  An updated review (and pic) is posted in the first blog entry.

Finally, there are two new trucks: a crepe truck in PW county who's been serving a while but has just been noticed and a soup/salad/panini truck in DC premiered yesterday.

Happy Eating!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A rise & a fall

I finally had a chance to try the new truck Hula Girl, and friends were disappointed by House of Falafel.  See updated reviews for both in the first post.  (Hint: look for Hula Girl under 4 honks!!!)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lobster Truck -- GRRRRR!!

So today I left my office at 11:25 to hit the lobster truck, due to arrive at 11:30 2 blocks from my office.  When I am 1/2 block from the destination, a new tweet comes out to say "running 15 minutes late".  Since I was already there, I wasn't going to go back to my office for 5 more minutes of work before leaving again, so I started the line where the order taker was holding a spot.  11:45 the truck pulls up and then another 12 minutes to set-up.  Only then was an announcement made there were "no Connecticut rolls on board today".  No tweets.  Nothing.  Over a half hour wasted, no other nearby trucks for lunch, and I expected other destinations would have lines by then.  ANNOYED!

Despite the concern for lines, I walked to Farrugut for the good smattering of trucks, and decided to try TaKorean again.  Good call!  Moving from 3 to 3.5 honks.  Updated review (and photo) is posted in the first blog entry (list).

Monday, August 1, 2011

That sketchy truck last week...

is "House of Falafel"! 

No twitter yet, but he was back at Farrugut today with an improved sign and menu.  The owner was very nice and the food I got was really good.  See first blog post for review and other updates, including a new spicy sauce at HGP!