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  1. 2 new BBQ places opened in the Heights over the past few months (Willow's and Victorian), and I finally got around to trying one. Scott Sandlin wrote a glowing review over on Houston Food Finder, and I largely agree with him. We got a couple 2 meat plates, with brisket, ribs, and turkey. The brisket was nicely done, moist, with well-rendered fat. Assertive pepper bark, just as I like it. The ribs were similarly seasoned, and juuuuust a little on the tough side. Not "tough," just not quite as tender as I'm used to. The turkey was very well done - juicy and so, so deliciously smoky. Sides were pretty good, and all had a bit of spice to them. Creamed corn had bits of jalapeño, but when I want creamed corn with BBQ, I still think Killen's. The potato salad is mustardy, with a bit of creole spice. Charro beans are chock full of diced chiles. The "Flaming Lips" slaw was not quite as spicy as I'd been lead to believe, but was a nice counterpoint to the richness of the meat, and a nice alternative to a mayonnaise-based slaw. Overall a solid choice, and though we got it to go (I'm still struggling through the flu, and have no business being out in public), I think the best way to enjoy this is with a couple beers outside at Big Star.
  2. Houston is a taco-rich environment, and I had come to believe that at a certain level of goodness, all tacos kind of play at the same level, without stand-outs. I was wrong. The tacos at Tierra Caliente are the truth. These are the Platonic ideal of taco. They are the essence of taco-ness. I sampled 3: lengua, pastor, and barbacoa. Both the corn and flour tortillas are excellent, each spending a little time on the griddle before getting wrapped with the meat and a generous sprinkling of onion and cilantro. Both red and green salsa tasted fresh and bright, with a little bite, but not so spicy as to overwhelm the other ingredients. My only quibble was that the pastor veered a little on the sweet side for my tastes. (I prefer the version I had at Taqueria Tacambaro the next day up in the Heights.) Grab your tacos, head over the the Ice House and grab a beer or Topo Chico. If anyone else can think of a place that consistently tops (or even meets) what Tierra Caliente is putting out, I want to hear about it.
  3. Though we were generally operating in the Fish Tales-type space, Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli was easily the best meal had this week. Two eggs any style (5.95) were perfectly over-easy with a chewy, tangy, dense bagel and potato latkes that contrasted a crisp exterior with fluffy interior. Sit outside in the morning and watch the Coastal Highway traffic slowly come to life with sea breezes to accompany--this may be the most comfortable and sated you will be all day. I went back two mornings later, wanting to leave the City on a high note, had a two eggs bagel sandwich (5.95 + 1.00 for Swiss cheese), which performed as well. Coffee came from a very industrial-looking burner but was of pleasantly moderate strength and temperature. The person behind the counter was warm, cared about the business she was getting, and had none of the indifference seen at nearly every other establishment visited.
  4. Lemongrass Food Truck Banh Mi is lackluster. The roast pork has the red sheen that Asian roast pork typical has, but I'm going to assume its just food coloring, because otherwise the pork has little flavor. The pickled carrot and daikon just tastes sweet. The roll is supermarket quality similar to something you can buy at Giant or Safeway. At least the cilantro is fresh. At $8 it's not worth the money. Sorry for the crappy photo.
  5. I can't find a thread for Timber Pizza Co., so I'm starting a thread for the first time! The bf, two friends, and I tried Timber (in Petworth, on Upshur St.) about a month ago, shortly after it opened. For a place that had just made the brick-and-mortar leap from a truck-hauled oven, Timber was impressively strong out of the gate. It was crowded on that Sunday night, and we were wary when we saw that you order at the counter and then hope to find space at the communal picnic tables. (Unless you manage to grab seats at the small bar in the back, where you can apparently order from the bartender.) Luckily, our hovering paid off and we snagged a table before our pizzas arrived. (If we lived in the neighborhood, we'd be doing regular take-out.) Everyone was super friendly, and the woman at the counter was helpful in recommending how much to order. We went with empanadas, three pizzas, a sharing-sized salad, and two large-format cocktails. It turned out to be a pretty ideal amount of food; we ended up with a few leftover slices to take home. (Which definitely didn't make me sad.) I really enjoyed the corn, sweet red peppers, spring onions empanadas, because how can you go wrong with that vegi combination in a crisp pizza dough shell (especially with the spicy pineapple chups, which I used for my pizza crust as well). The friends like the pork ones too. The JMD salad (sugar snap peas, spearmint, salad greens, radishes, lemon-honey vinaigrette) was lovely, a bright, crisp contrast to all the dough we were consuming. With our friends deferring to our pescatarianism, we settled on the Asher (tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, roasted corn, hot peppers, smoked paprika, micro-cilantro), the Munday (olive oil, provolone, mozzarella, squash blossoms, sugar snap peas, honey ricotta, garlic chips, spicy honey), and the Ty Brady (crab, corn, potatoes, Old Bay). The crust had nice char and chewiness, and I loved the creative topping combinations. All were delicious, and we disagreed on how to rank our favorites, which is always a good sign. (I was particularly pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the spicy honey on the Munday.) We didn't linger so that others could have our seats, but luckily the Twisted Horn is just a few doors down and has excellent cocktails (if too many mosquitos on their outdoor patio that night!). But we'll be back.
  6. Hello Everyone, I am exploring catering options for an event for my condo. We want to do a summer party and will have around 50 likely attendees. I was hoping to do some fun, summery food perhaps bbq or etc. We can't have a grill on our property, due to Arlington Code, but my condo has culti sacks where roads end on either side and we might be able to get a permit to use that space and if so would meet the setback requirement. I am also not opposed to a food truck or just normal catering, but I want the food to be something to attract people to want to come to this event (it is really hard to get people in your condo bldg to show up for events). District Taco will no longer bring carts to events. I am getting a proposal from Rocklands and Cava. It has been hard to get good catering proposals because our date is up in the air because if we have enough budget left over we would like to have live music or another fun activity. I wanted to see if you all had suggestions on a potential caterer. (Any caterers on this site, please feel free to DM me if this looks like something of interest.) I know there was a ribs gentlemen on another post that I had thought about ordering from and now I can't find that info to see if this would be up his alley. We would need options for vegetarians and gluten free options just to make sure everyone has something they would like. We can provide all tables, plates, flatware, chairs, booze and drinks, etc, needed other than food.
  7. The Karat Cakery food truck (@karatcakery) sells carrot cake, carrot cake cupcakes and ice cream with carrot cake. So if you don't like carrot cake, don't bother! If you do, however, the carrot cake cupcake with pecans is really divine. They put the cream cheese frosting on the cupcake right after you order it. The truck was at Farragut North yesterday (Wednesday) although I don't know their schedule.
  8. Enjoyed roughly my 10th (or so) visit to Habit Burger a few days ago, and it was its same sensational fast-food experience. I think Habit Burger would be a hit if it were to expand to the east coast, but with the distinct disadvantage that outdoor eating would not be the same....all year around in Los Angeles, but only a few months a year in most east coast locations.
  9. What a great post, Kibee! I'd have just liked it with a button click but wanted to also share Chef Brandon's twitter feed since his facebook page might confuse people. The latter says the truck opens in a May but Twitter makes clear he's open at Courthouse now. I hope this wins him some support. We need to support young pros like this. @BLTfoodtruck I'm not sure if we create new topics for food trucks but, if we do, maybe cool to start one for him?
  10. Café Rue is a new place that opened up in the strip mall on Route 1 next to CVS and Myong Dong (Oriental Noodle). It replaces the Vietnamese restaurant which used to be there. Their specialty is Chicken and Waffles, which they do well. I had the classic version, which was three pieces of nicely fried chicken breast on top of a fluffy waffle. The chicken ran a little bit on the dry side, but it was still tasty for white meat, which I usually avoid. Hot sauce and maple syrup came on the side. Next time I'll definitely try one of the specialty versions, which include Red Velvet Chicken and Waffles and a Sweet Sriracha Glazed version. The rest of the menu has a lot of interesting items that I'd like to try. I had the Sautéed Kale Greens with Honey & Balsamic Vinegar, which had chewy bacon bits and was sweet and tangy. It was a little heavy on the sauce, but still delicious. Other things that caught my eye were Crispy Lobster Mac&Cheese Bites, Truffle Fries, and Rue Tableside Smores. There's definitely a French influence to the restaurant, including beignets and macarons on the menu. There's even a waiting area with a couch and food-related books ranging from the French Laundry cookbook to Kitchen Confidential. The restaurant itself is is a little rough around the edges, but service seemed friendly. I wasn't able to get through by phone to order takeout in advance. The hours are also limited, from 12-8 W-F, and 10-3 on weekends. Still, there's not many (any?) restaurants near Beltsville serving interesting food like this, so I can live with these minor quibbles.
  11. Impulsively, I bought ice cream from The Orange Cow ice cream truck today. It was parked by Eastern Market. I've seen it in the same spot before, on NC Ave. just to the east of 7th Street, and today I succumbed. There was a rabid fan of the truck and its products in front of me in line, raving about the peanut butter ice cream sandwiches they'd had at some event. It turns out they only have those for special events. Today's menu had ice cream in cups, floats, and sundaes, as well as frozen bananas, and (I think) smoothies. I went with mint chocolate chip in a cup. It was two medium sized scoops for $4, which seems reasonable. The consistency of the ice cream was good, but it didn't really taste like mint. I don't care whether the ice cream is dyed green or not (this was), but I like my mint chocolate chip to taste like mint. It didn't have a strong chocolate punch either. The chips were mini, so with each bit, I got chocolate. As ice cream it was good, but it didn't really remind me of the mint chocolate chip I loved in childhood. I guess that's my benchmark. While I used to eat a lot of ice cream when I was younger, I very rarely eat it now. Dessert at Christmas dinner was the last ice cream I'd had. Getting ice cream and not having it wow me was a bit of a disappointment. Maybe I would have liked another flavor more. They seem very popular.
  12. Goodies Frozen Custard, previously only in the great-looking restored old ice cream truck, Saturday opened a kiosk on American Way. We went there specifically for it, as I had long planned to chase down the truck but hadn't done it yet. Superb custard, and they've got Sprecher's sodas for floats.
  13. wandering around other parts of the web, came across a blurb about a food truck rodeo on June 6 in the Seminary Towers parking lot. Running time 11-7, so it says. Among others, Port City, Red Hook, Sinplicity are bringing their trucks. Facebook page
  14. This truck has started to show up fairly regularly at my office, so I finally gave it a try. I can only vouch for the brisket at this point in time, but it's top notch. Really great smoky flavor and just the right level of tenderness, neither falling apart nor chewy. Choice of sweet or spicy sauce, I went spicy. It wasn't overly so, but had god flavor and just a bit of zing. This brisket crushes the likes of Urban. Also on the menu were pulled pork and chicken, and a handful of sides: beans, slaw, fries. It looks like the menu varies as I saw a menu with more options previously. http://www.hardysbbq.com/
  15. No website that I could find, so here is their twitter: @HolyCrepesTruck Le Menu is here. This truck has been visiting a parking lot near my office the last couple of weeks. I have gone twice, and found both of my savory crepes delicious. The pesto aioli has been in both, and it's phenomenal. Today's was bacon, ham, mozzarella, onion, tomato, aioli. I have never had a savory crepe before but these are nice and crispy on the outside and you can almost eat them like a burrito until gravity and wet ingredients collapse the last few bites which are then finished with a fork. Being able to text my order and run to grab it when it was ready is a nice feature, especially when it's -37 degrees with wind chill.
  16. How can you not like a pizzeria named Nomad Romana? I keep thinking of that "thing" on Star Trek, floating around the ship, and saying, "I am ... Nomad." Nomad Pizza Company is a chain with one outlet near Starr Garden Park, another in Hopewell, NJ, and a 1949 REO Speedwagon Pizza Truck to boot (picture an old codger kicking the tires - that's the "to boot" part I am sorry). Nomad Romana is their first attempt at Roman-style pizza - I'd love to hear from a trained pizzaiolo about how true it is to the genre.
  17. Rusty's is my single favorite bbq place in the DC area. It's just a food truck in the middle of Route 3 - 704 Rt 3 in Gambrills. Been open about a year and half - initially no seating but they added a few picnic tables early this year. The pork ribs are what you want - they're simply fantastic. The spicy sauce - just the right mix of spicy and sweet - complements the ribs extremely well. The chicken and pulled pork are really good too, but can't match the ribs. The sides are a real strong point, especially the baked beans and potato salad. I must admit I've been disappointed with the brisket. Just too lean for my taste. Chopped, not sliced. I learned on my last visit that they mix the lean and fatty sides of the brisket when chopping the brisket, but that you can request either the fatty/lean alone. So I'll probably give the brisket one more shot. The place draws people from both DC and Baltimore, it's that good. Having been to a bunch of local bbq including Hill Country, Rocklands, Pit Stop, George's Ribs, Slab o'Ribs, Buzz and Ned's, and BBQ Exchange, this is still my favorite spot in the area. http://rustysribsnbbq.com/
  18. Don't bother with Burgorilla. I'm sorry I tried them today.. Someone had a heavy hand with the salt shaker and they were too firmly packed for an 80/20 mix. Points to them for the true medium rare temp, though didn't make a difference when it's packed so firmly. Dorothy Moon's are much better burgers. The last one I had was packed loosely and was nearly falling out of the bun. And temp doesn't matter when they are juicy--it was a delicious messy mess.
  19. Quality food truck lunch today from Rebecca's Ethiopian. A pleasant surprise, as I had resigned myself to choosing from the local row of food trucks today after cancelling a lunchtime bike trip. Rebecca's does not appear to have a Twitter account or any other online presence. There is an Ethiopian restaurant and grocery with the same name up in Hyattsville, to which I'm guessing the truck is related. Ordered the Meat Combo, ($9.99, tax included) which actually comes out looking better than the picture on the side of the truck. It's a combination of Beef and Chicken wot (the truck uses the Ethiopian words like "doro," but I always struggle to keep straight which is which) with a hard-boiled egg, and a choice of any two of the vegetables (I went with the Kiki Alicha (split peas in a turmeric sauce) and the Gomen (collard greens), and requested extra injera on the side. The truck offers a number of other dishes -- no kitfo, but beef and lamb tibs, a tilapia choice, and several others. Those ordering the tibs were asked if they wanted "spicy" or "mild" -- that choice wasn't given to me, but the wots had excellent zing without leaving me back in my office with a burning tongue. Leftovers will make a fine second meal. Visa and Mastercard are accepted via Square. I'll definitely be looking out for this truck again.
  20. If an award were to be given for the strangest, most incongruous menu items in the food truck category, I think Urban Bumpkin BBQ would win hands down. I've only tried one dish from them so I won't comment on the food, but I will just say that their "bubble lemonade" was delicious. Lemonade with some sort of tart bubbles that burst in your when bitten (definitely not tapioca, but I didn't get a chance to ask what they were).
  21. Fasika Food Truck, $9.99 gets you a 4 dish veggie sampler with three piece of injera, two rolled and one as the serving piece. Very respectable. Best $9.99 I've spent on food truck food so far.
  22. I drove by this the other day, but this post on Prince of Petworth reminded me to post something here. There's been a lot of work going on at Chupacabra, and they look as if they're relatively close to opening.
  23. This week starts the soft open of Astro Doughnuts... they are open from 8am to sold out, which apparently only took 90 minutes this morning. They reopened at noon with limited doughnuts and buttermilk fried chicken. I did not attempt to go get doughnuts today. Astro Doughnuts 1308 G Street, NW Washington DC 20005
  24. And I have no idea how far from opening they are, but Far East Taco on 15th Street just south of H has their sign up. I'll walk by and check out the building some time this week to see how close they look.
  25. Alright, got something delicious for y'all. I was running around all day doing errands and whatever and ended up hungry as hell in the Catonsville area, I've seen this brown and beige halal food truck parked in the same spot for years( in the Walmart parking lot up near route 40 and rolling.) but never stopped in. Decided what the heck, pulled up and hopped out into the rain and ordered up a lamb kabob which came with salad and that rice with the raisins an carrots which I have no idea what it's called. Nine bucks and I was told the best news ever from a food truck with no line, "be about 10-12 min" . So I get my styrofoam box and chow down, the rice is perfect, salad is crisp and the lamb is amazing, tender and charred and juicy, like 6 big chunks. It came with two cups of sauce, one raita and one I thought was a chutney of sorts, wrong guess. It was spicy as all hell, but made it that much better. You gotta check these dudes out, they have beef kabob chicken, butter chicken, gyros, and for the hell of it cheese steaks burger subs and ice cream treats. Although I didn't get one it was nice to see the good humor toasted almond.