November 6, 2012
David Pena's culinary career began at Rustico , where he worked his way up the line to sous-chef over the course of three years split between the Arlington and Alexandria locations. When it was his turn to cook the family meal for the restaurant staff, he would oftentimes make tinga based on recipes handed down by his Mexican mother and grandmother. The casual, comforting stewed meats spiced with chipotle sauce were always a hit with Pena's colleagues, who half-jokingly told him more than once that he should make nothing but tinga full-time.
February 7, 2012 |
Three things can give food-truck vendors an edge: a highly visible truck, effective Twitter feeds and, of course, really good food. Even though Lemongrass just opened in December and its owners, husband-and-wife team Andy and Uyen Nguyen of Centreville, have no background in food service, their truck is already an overachiever on all three fronts. The bright-green vehicle is painted with white bubbles and a colorful, anime-like logo featuring two little girls — one holding bubble tea and the other a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich —...
August 14, 2012 |
You can smell the ketchup from down the block, but you shouldn't expect anything less from a food truck called Slider Barron. Painted navy and sky blue and sporting yellow stripes and fake bullet holes, it is designed to evoke fighter planes of World War II. A winged burger insignia and the painting of a pin-up girl — whom cook and owner Tony Barron, 46, of Westminster, Md., affectionately calls Faith — rounds out the aero-themed imagery. Since rolling out in Montgomery County in May, the wheeled commissary has been offering an...
October 23, 2012 |
David Trachtenberg is passionate about hot dogs. The 48-year-old Rockville resident spent nearly half a year eating more than 50 kinds of dogs trying to find the perfect one for his recently launched Montgomery County food truck, Greatest American Hot Dogs. After coast-to-coast tasting trips and dozens of hours of online research, he decided on franks from Chicago's fabled Vienna Beef. The snappy, skin-on hot dogs star in a number of the offerings at the chef-owner's mobile operation, which is also manned by Emmanuel...
June 14, 2011 |
The owners of the new Stix truck have a point: It's tricky to snack and saunter down Washington's streets with many of the eats you can buy curbside. So Jane Lyons and Leah Perez decided to borrow a technique used at state fairs from the Carolinas to California and impale their freshly prepared food on sticks. I mean, all of their offerings, whether thin strips of grilled beef or what they generously call "apple pie," are neatly speared on 10-inch skewers, like so many bronzed Peruvian chickens on a spit.
August 16, 2011 |
Free from the confines of brick-and-mortar structure, local food trucks are known to take creative liberties with the queen's English. Summer upstart Feelin' Crabby has brought some new nouns to town as it summons crabivores to lunch on a crabwich. The crab sandwich is the centerpiece of Feelin' Crabby's simple menu. Chef-owner Alex Tsamouras dresses the crab with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, Old Bay seasoning, diced red bell pepper and parsley. A five-ounce portion of the balanced, refreshing blend is...