Red Hook Lobster Pound
Having opened less than a month ago, the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck is as fresh as its seafood. Red Hook keeps a simple menu and prepares each item extremely well. The lobster rolls, made with real Maine lobster, are prepared in a warm, grilled roll with homemade mayonnaise, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, white pepper and celery. Shrimp rolls are also available, along with whoopie pies for dessert.
Perk: It is a surprisingly light sandwich and all ingredients are homemade.
Pitfall: The price. Each roll is $15.
TaKorean features fusion street food that melds the flavors of Latin America and Korea. Keeping with the simplicity of traditional street food vendors, TaKorean has a small menu. The options consist of Bulgogi steak, caramelized tofu or tangy chicken tacos. All options come with fresh and crunchy slaws and are topped with Sriracha, lime crema, fresh cilantro and sesame seeds. TaKorean serves vegetarian and vegan options as well. And to top it all off, how does $2.50 a taco or three for $7 sound to you?
Perk: The slaws are fresh and crunchy and the balance of flavors is superb
Pitfall: The Bulgogi, one of the most famous and adored dishes in Korean barbecue, was pretty dry and not impressive.
Fojol Bros. of Merlindia
The Merlindia food truck calls itself a “Traveling Culinary Carnival,” which is an apt description for the mixture of Indian food sold there. The vendors themselves stand out with Indian garb and fake curly mustaches. If you can endure the line, you will be rewarded with a combination of Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer, Curry Chicken, Stewed Lentils and Basmati Rice. After your meal, try one of their lassi pops, a frozen spin on a traditional mango lassi. For $6 you can get a restaurant-quality Indian feast.
Perk: The portions are large and the food is rich and flavorful.
Pitfall: It’s extremely messy.
S?u?á began as the brainchild of an ex-banker who wanted to bring the exotic foods he tasted abroad to the streets of D.C. S?u?á separates its menu items into regional categories. To say that S?u?á is eclectic is an understatement. The truck itself is worth seeing, equipped with a TV monitor and speakers that blast a variety of international music.
Perk: The menu rotates and it’s fun to experiment with the numerous types of sauces offered.
Pitfall: The food is not as fresh-tasting as some of the other trucks’ food.