The food truck scene in D.C. is off the hook


During lunch time on workdays there could be over 200 food trucks parked across the District serving up anything from sizzling crab cakes to a steaming bowl of pho. And finding them is a piece of cake. They cluster around Farragut Square, L'Enfant Plaza, Metro Center and several other convenient spots. If you're craving quiche and have no idea where Dangerously Delicious Pies is today, don't fret, check out this handy-dandy real-time food truck map.

DC Empanadas
What could be better than a savory meat stuffed inside pastry dough and fried golden brown? How about cheese. At DC Empanadas your daily filling options range from chipotle beef, slow roasted Cuban style pork, and tres queso.

Redhook Lobster Pound
This food truck is cool because it has a self-serve soda machine on the outside. It helps to speed things up when the truck gets busy slinging Maine-style lobster rolls. For the uninitiated that's lobster rolls with mayo. If you roll Connecticut style, on request they can 86 the mayo and drizzle it with melted butter instead.

Tokyo in the City
Tune in Tokyo! This colorful food truck has daily seafood specials but also serves up standard Japanese "salaryman" fair like a shrimp tempura bento box. Want something more akin to sushi, the Las Vegas bento box comes with a salty smoked salmon roll.

Dangerously Delicious Pies
The line for DDP often stretches 25 people deep. People are crazy for the circular dish that comes in three varieties: sweet, savory or quiche. If you're there for lunch you can't go wrong with grandma's standby — chicken pot pie. There for desert? You will die for the pecan pie.

Lemongrass
Overheard in line once: "What should I get?" one bro says to the next. "Get the Vietnamese tacos with slow roasted pork — I make sweet love to them every time", he replies. It's true, they are pretty damn good, but you can easily get to third base with a banh mi on a warm French baguette.

Crab Cab
Feeling crabby today? The Crab Cab's crab cakes will satisfy your craving. It serves up this regional delicacy by itself or get the combo platter and add French fries and coleslaw. But if you're a Rasta and forbidden from eating crustaceans; don't worry mon, they have several delicious salmon dishes to choose from.

Sate Food Truck
Nothing says Indonesian more than tempeh. The traditional food is made from soybean, but unlike tofu the beans are kept whole which gives it more of a crunch. Here they serve it with egg noodles topped with bok choy. If meat is your thing, go for the chicken sate with creamy peanut sauce.

John Hopewell is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and personal tour guide when family and friends visit.