For those who want a quick meal on their way to or from the inauguration, or who simply want to avoid the lunch rush at Washington, D.C.’s hottest restaurants, consider a stand-up meal from one of the best food trucks in D.C.
Once the purview of immigrant cooks, food trucks are now often art-designed and run by culinary school grads, celebrity chefs, and even aspiring stars with no culinary cred. They’ve been populating D.C.’s streets for years, though they are technically supposed to vacate their curbside spots when their line of clients clears.
These eight food trucks made The Daily Meal’s first inaugural list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America list. They were judged on four criteria: popularity, critical review, social score, and originality. From comforting mac and cheese from chef Brian Arnoff’s CapMac and grilled cheese sandwiches from The Big Cheese to chef José Andrés’ savory sandwiches from his Pepe Food Truck, there’s something for everyone, so get in line.
Arthur Bovino is the Executive Editor of The Daily Meal and the author of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America and wrote the slideshow for this story. Follow him on Twitter @arthur_bovino.