Today I stopped by the food trucks just outside of the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. These were located at the 7th and Maryland entrance…did not see any trucks at the other side.
Since I hadn’t gotten any shawarma last time I hit the food trucks, I wanted this time. I got a recommendation for Halal Grill (
@WhereHalal), so I went with them. My friend went with Tops Trucks (@TopTrucks), which highlights their handmade sausage.
From Halal Grill, I ordered the Combo Platter ($7.99), which consists of chicken, gyro, rice, salad, sauce (it appeared to be both tzatziki sauce and a spicier one), and chickpeas. The chicken and gyro meat were both really tasty. I’ve been told that many of the shawarma/halal trucks get their gyro meat from the same place, so they are likely going to taste pretty similar whichever truck you get it from (although the sauce might be different). However, the chicken is from different vendors and cooked by the individual truck, so there should be more variation between those dishes. Regardless, both meats in my platter were great. The rice was good…there was plenty of sauce to flavor it well without making it a soupy mess. The chickpeas weren’t bad either, although they could use a little more oomph. The salad contained lettuce, tomato, onions, cabbage, and was topped with tzatziki (I believe)…went well with the rest of the food.
My friend ordered the bratwurst ($7) from Tops Trucks. Topped with cherry tomatoes, onions, and their house “ju-ju sauce” (sp?) and served on a toasted bun with a side of fries. The sausage was really tasty, and the toppings (especially the sauce) really made it better than the average sausage. The fries were good too. While a sausage would not normally be the thing I’d order for lunch, after trying this one, I’d hit these guys again. They also have a picture on Twitter of an apple maple, fried egg, cheddar, and maple syrup sub that I want in my mouth immediately.
This location had a few areas to sit…I went to the steps on the south side of the Department of Education building adjacent to the food trucks. I was there around 11:45…it was sunny out at the time, and wasn’t packed, although it started to get busier. There is also some seating on the opposite side of the street at USDA Graduate School.
My only regret…?
…Why didn’t I come out to the food trucks for lunch during the rest of the week?!