I was really upset to see this. This is EASILY the best food truck I’ve ever been to, they are consistently awesome. I’m not sure what D.C. policies are driving this, but whatever they are, seems worthy of a public discussion. From Cirque Cuisine‘s FB page”
“Good morning Franklin Park!!! We are heart broken to say that today is our last day here. Can we all say thank you to Vincent Grey and the restaurant association for making it soo hard to do business in the city? Not only are three years of incredibly hard work, passion and love going away but now our five employees have to find new work. With all of that said please come out and enjoy your last meal from Cirque Cuisine Food Truck. We love you guys!!’”
“This Friday, November 14th we will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary at the place it all started – Farragut Square. It’s a bittersweet day for us, because it will also be our last day of service. We cannot say thank you enough for supporting us throughout the years – our customers have been nothing short of inspiring. Thousands of the best the DMV has to offer pushed us to be better, try harder, and keep dreaming. Special thanks to our friends on “CapMac’s Wall of Fame” for their overwhelming support, and to the DMV Food Truck Association for all the support they have given us these last three years.
Thank you for allowing us to celebrate weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and all the other special occasions we were lucky to be a part of. To the students and faculty of George Washington University, we will never be able to adequately thank you for your unmatched loyalty. Thanks for being the best brand ambassadors a small business could ask for.
We’re not saying goodbye, we’re saying “see you later”. We have our eyes set on new and opportunities in the future and we’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on our next move.
In closing, thank you for sharing your memories with us. More importantly, thank you for believing in us.”
Back in July a reader asked about the old buses seen at the corner of Florida and R St, NW near Big Bear Cafe. I finally spoke with the folks at Fojol Bros and have learned more about their plans for Elastic Highways (@elastichighways “From the minds, muscles & mustaches of the fojol bros., two retrofitted buses on a cross-country journey to launch new mobile dining & tech experience in DC.”) which kicks off with a preview tonight at 202 Florida Ave, NW.
Cool Blue 3250
The buses from the lot in the top photo have been removed. They will be bringing Cool Blue 3250 tonight at 5pm along with the Merlindia food truck. They will be at that lot tonight from 5pm “until the ghouls and ghosts go home”. And they will be there all weekend through Sunday. The food trucks that they bring the rest of the weekend will rotate. Stay tuned for more details including plans for the second bus, Retro Orange 613, which will have a more structured 34 seat layout.
“Chef Jason Gehring has teamed up with one of his favorite food trucks, PhoWheelsDC to make a limited edition Astro Doughnut Banh Mi Sandwich. The sandwich will be filled with either five spice maple glazed pork belly, soy garlic chicken, or mushroom-onion tofu, and topped with pickled radish and carrots, cilantro, cucumbers and truffle aioli on a savory Astro doughnut. It’s priced at $8, with the option of adding a fried egg on top for an additional $1. The sandwich will be available via the Pho Wheels truck throughout the month of September. You can check their whereabouts via their Twitter feed here.”
Earlier in the week The Daily Meal released their 2013 list of 101 best food trucks in America. They explain their methodology here. DC trucks that made the list were:
#78 Rito Loco
#72 DC Slices
#66 Red Hook Lobster Pound
#45 Pepe Food Truck
#32 Basil Thyme
#3 Fojol Brothers
So it’s been a couple years since we looked at our favorite trucks and lots of new ones have hit the streets since then. So I’m curious what are your favorites for 2013? (If possible please include roughly how expensive a meal at your favorite costs.) Anyone have a favorite that is no longer on the road in 2013?
Food for thought is taking on a whole new meaning this summer at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
For a limited time, members of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington will be serving up lunch on Wednesdays outside the library at 901 G Street NW. It’s the second year the food truck association and the library have partnered together for the weekly program, called Books & Bites.
District residents and downtown workers can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Food Truck Association again this summer,” said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. “Just like the different food trucks offer people variety, the Library offers something for everyone. I love seeing people finding good reads and good food at their Library.”
The trucks that will be parked at the library will be announced on Wednesday mornings using social media.
“Books & Bites at the Library helps draw new people to the library – some of whom may have not visited the beautiful building before – and make the area more active and vibrant,” said Doug Povich, chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Ed. Note: Food trucks are there Wednesdays from around 11:30 am to to about 1:30 pm.
From The Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington:
Food trucks today thanked members of the DC Council Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (BCRA) for rejecting Mayor Vincent Grays’s proposed new food truck regulations.
“We’re deeply grateful to Councilmembers Graham, Grosso, Alexander, Cheh and Committee Chairman Orange for their strong support,” said Doug Povich, Chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington and co-owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound-DC.
“We’re ready to work with the District and community to make the needed revisions to the current proposal. We hope the Council will be able to consider an improved version of these regulations as soon as possible.”
If adopted as currently written, May Gray’s proposed regulations result in fewer choices, less competition, food trucks closing and food truck employees losing jobs.
“The committee is absolutely right to recommend that the full council reject these anti-competitive regulations, which contain harmful and unnecessary restrictions on food-truck entrepreneurs’ ability to serve their customers and earn an honest living,” said Bert Gall, director of the Institute for Justice’s National Street Vending Initiative. “We urge the city to take this opportunity to create commonsense regulations that are focused only on the government’s proper role in protecting public health and safety, not the unconstitutional purpose of limiting competition.”
This Spring, the Peruvian Brothers, Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, are bringing the authentic, unique tastes of “Comida Criolla” to the streets of Washington D.C. in a food truck owned and operated by the brothers themselves.
As a two time Olympic athlete in competitive rowing, Giuseppe Lanzone is the driving force on the business side to match his brother’s prowess in the kitchen. The brothers were born and raised off the coast of Lima, Peru, in a close-knit community of “La Punta” where family and the ocean reigned. The flavors that dominated their childhood are the tastes they crave the most, inspiring the Lanzone brothers to team up to represent the tastiest part of their Peruvian heritage.
The history behind the Peruvian Comida Criolla cuisine is as appealing and complex as the unique combinations of flavor. With roots in Andean-Spanish-Afro-Peruvian and Asian influences, Comida Criolla boasts powerful flavors that are sorely missing from the streets of D.C. Recipes passed down in the Lanzone family as well as Mario’s own original spins on traditional Peruvian favorites give the menu an authentic taste with a unique twist.
Peruvian Brothers will specialize in sandwiches and empanadas featuring chicharron (pork tenderloin), asado (beef), chicken and butifarra (pork loin) as well as vegetarian options all served with traditional Salsa Criolla, thinly sliced julienne onions marinated in lime juice with chopped Peruvian chilies. On the sweet side, Peruvian Brothers offers tasty rice pudding and traditional alfajores, which are soft, delicate cookies with dulce de leche filling. Mario’s famous homemade Lucuma and Maracuya ice cream highlights the authentic flavors of the subtropical fruit native to the Andean valleys of Peru. As budding entrepreneurs, Giuseppe and Mario are certainly no strangers to hard work. Mario is a full time bartender at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge and spends his summers captaining yachts in the Mediterranean.
Giuseppe competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics for the United States rowing team and currently coaches rowing at Georgetown University. He looks to apply the same Olympic intensity and drive towards this new venture. In fact, the duo spent two full months hunting down the perfect bread that most accurately inspired their Peruvian taste buds which is now a custom “Peruvian Brothers” recipe on the menu at The French Bread factory in Sterling, Virginia. To sample their authentic Peruvian fare, follow the Peruvian Brothers truck via @PeruBrothers on Twitter and Facebook.
Yesterday we learned Rocklands BBQ would be expanding their Glover Park location. They’ve also some plans to add beer sales to their food truck when they are at to 1st and N Streets, SE while the Nats are in town. From a liquor license application:
“New Tavern, Food Truck. JBS is planning to serve barbeque and related food products from its food truck on private property at Ball Park Square (at the corner of 1st and N Streets, SE) on days of Washington Nationals home games. JBS is seeking an ABRA license to serve beer at the property on those days in conjunction with its food sales.”
From a Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington press release:
In one week the D.C. Council will convene a public roundtable in advance of an up or down vote on the fourth version of the proposed vending regulations. RAMW is in favor of the proposed regulations, which provide the necessary framework to make smart decisions about mobile vending in the District of Columbia.
Our hope for the passage of these regulations does not stem from a plan to thwart the competitive power of the new kids on the block. Indeed, it would be foolish to enter the foodservice industry without a desire to compete and differentiate. As representatives of Metropolitan Washington area dining establishments, we fully realize the high costs associated with starting a restaurant and we commend our friends in food trucks who have economized their operations and elevated the dining experience for those living and working in Washington, D.C.
Our goal then is not to diminish the importance of small businesses which contribute to the vibrancy of city life but to ensure that a more formal system of oversight is established and applied towards a segment of D.C.’s food service industry that has for years operated without having to give much thought to the public space it uses to generate private gains.
We firmly believe that the fourth version of the proposed mobile vending regulations provides the impetus for changes in city regulations which are long overdue and will finally bring the regulations into compliance with the law. The proposed vending regulations will not put food trucks out of business or bring an end to the D.C. food truck scene. They are not a plot concocted to stifle competition, kill jobs or deny consumer choice. Those are merely the contentions of people who apparently are not happy playing by any rules except for the ones they make for themselves. Reading just a portion of the proposed regulations will make this painfully clear.