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The CapMac food truck is located in our nation’s capital, and they have quickly become one of Washington, DC’s most popular food trucks. True to their slogan, CapMac is “the capital of macaroni”. They have earned this title by serving up some of America’s favorite pasta dishes, often with a new twist.
Washingtonians crave Capmac’s Macaroni & Cheese not because it tasted like the stuff out of the box you got when you are a kid, but because it doesn’t. The freshly made CapMacNCheese elbow macaroni is smoothered in a Cheddar cheese sauce with pimentos and Cheez-It crackers! The pimentos are a nice addition as they add a little complexity and “grown-up” taste to the dish. The addition of the Cheez-It cracker crumbles is sheer brilliance as it adds not only texture but additional cheese taste.
CapMac also serves other macaroni specialties including Chicken Parmesan Meatballs over rigatoni and Beef Bolognese over rigatoni. I prefer rigatoni and other short pastas as they are easier to eat, especially if you intend to keep your shirt clean!
CapMac offers other MacNCheese mix-ins and combinations that alternate through the week. They also offer soups that regulars seem to really enjoy!
Portions are very large, and the pasta dishes are served in large cardboard containers.
CapMac is off to a fast start and I imagine they will offer a wider variety of comfort food choices in the weeks to come. Washington, DC is lucky to have CapMac, they serve up food to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.
CapMac – Washington, DC
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DC Slices is a mobile pizza kitchen bringing great pizza to Washingtonians, tourists, and anyone that loves a fresh, hot slice. They use fresh rolled dough, homemade sauce, hand grated cheeses, flavorful toppings: the pizza is baked right inside the truck and served to you as it comes out of the oven. Look for them at lunchtime and late night!
Both slices and full pies are available. The DC Slices menu is pretty straight ahead… slices or pies with cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, veggies (onion, green pepper, mushroom, black olives) or Hawaiian (Canadian bacon, pineapple).
Remember, DC Slices, Small Prices!
With DC Slices roaming our nation’s capital I wonder if they can let us know what famous people have partaken of a DC Slice!
DC Slices – Washington, DC
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It’s always nice to learn something new. Recently I learnt what spiedies (pronounced “speedies”) are, courtesy of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia’s Bada Bing food truck.
Spiedies originated in Central New York State in the 1920′s. Two Italian immigrants started the spiedie craze when they took cubes of chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef and marinated them overnight (or longer) in a special marinate before grilling then on spits over a charcoal pit. The earliest recipes for the special marinade included wine vinegar, water, lemon juice, garlic, mint. Italian spices, olive oil and minced onion.
Bada Bing chef and owner Nick Terzella would gladly tell you his secret marinade recipe. But, he would then have to kill you! (Sorry, couldn’t resist).
Spiedies from Bada Bing are made from either chicken or pork and served on Amoroso rolls or over greens as a salad. A variety of spiedie sandwiches are available including the namesake “The Bing” with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil aioli, “The Don Ho” with soy ginger glaze, shredded carrots, green onion and crunchy noodles, and “Joey’s Special” with a bbq glaze, sharp cheddar, bacon and lettuce. “Kendall’s Favorite” is also a crowd pleaser as it features a “buffalo bing” sauce, tomato, lettuce and crumbled bleu cheese.
In addition to spiedies Bada Bing also offers a heck of a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Provolone, American, and Cheese Wiz cheeses are available, as are grilled onions. When ordering remember to specifiy your cheese selection as well as if you would like your sandwich “wit” or “witout” onions! Try to sound like Sylvestor Stallone in Rocky when ordering!
The Amoroso rolls that Bada Bing uses (for their cheesesteaks and spiedies) are the same rolls that the best cheesesteaks joints in Philly use. Some say the sandwich just isn’t the same unless the rolls come from the Amoroso bakery!
A variety of freshly prepered side dishes and soups are also available.
Bada Bing offers a great Philly Cheesesteak as well as the unique and tasty Spiedie sandwich! Make sure to give the Spidies a try, as Bada Bing says, “Now that’s a sangweech!!!!”
Bada Bing Cheesesteaks & Spiedies – Washington, DC
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It’s a date night! If you and your sweetheart want to share a romantic dining experience there is no question that lobster should be involved. What could be more intimate than a visit to Washington DC’s Red Hook Lobster Pound’s decked out lobster mobile? We have to be honest, the wine list is not extensive, nor does it exist, but your sweetie will certainly be pleased with either Maine Root soda or homemade lemonade as the beverage of choice!
The Red Hook Lobster Pound menu is pretty simple. Lobester Roll served either Maine-style (mayo based) or Connecticut-style (butter drizzled). For some variety you can also opt for the Shrimp Rolls, also serverd in either style. The simplicity of the menu will allow you and your loved one to spend more time staring into each other’s eye’s lovingly.
For those of you with larger appetites your lobster or shrimp roll can up upgraded into a multi-course meal with the addition of Cape Cod chips and a Maine Root soda.
Red Hook Lobster Pound stands true to authentic Lobster Rolls by using big chunks of lobster knuckle meat with just a coating of mayo, a bit of chopped celery, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It is served on a buttery hot dog type roll with scallions and paprika as a garnish. It’s combination of flavors and freshness is sure to make you a regular!
Be prepared to stand in line for a bit (passing the maitre’d some cash to get to the head of the line doesn’t seem to work) as the Red Hook Lobster Pound is a popular place. They had almost 2000 Twitter followers before they even hit the street for the first time, and currently are up around 12,000!
Red Hook Lobster Pound
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How often have you heard someone say, “I can go for a great cup of coffee”? In the Washington, DC area Cafe Vida makes it easy with their mobile coffee bar trucks. The Cafe Vida trucks are a welcome sight to the on-the-go Washington, DC community.
Each truck is fully equipped and can serve coffee, espresso, cappuccino and other eccentric drinks. Plus, Cafe Vida also serves some great pastries to go along with great coffee.
Some of the more unusual drinks you may find being served by Cafe Vida are the “Canelazo” which is a sugar cane and cinnamon based drink or the “Limonazo”, sugar cane and lemon based drink.
Even Congress would be able to agree that Cafe Vida provides coffee lovers a world class cup of coffee every time.
Cafe Via – Washington, DC
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The last few days there has been a lot of buzz about food truck maps due to Zagat launching a beta of an interactive food truck map for New York City. I’m thrilled if the Zagat tool brings more positive attention to food trucks, but I was suprised about all of the interest that was created. After all, Zagat is not the first to offer a food truck map.
In New York City Zagat’s Food Truck Map is a newcomer to Tweat.it which has been around for quite awhile (Tweat.it started up six months ago). The images below show Zagat’s and Tweat.it’s map from the same time last night.
Personal preference will play the biggest part of what you will like. Personally, I like the look and feel of the tweat.it map. The twitter side panel and the truck logos on the map seems to provide more information to me with one quick glance at the screen. With Zagat I do like that when clicking on the food truck names (by clicking on the map) you also have access to reviews and additional information. I have compared the two maps at different times of the day and while most times most maps share the same number of trucks there have been quite a few times where the tweat.it information seems more comprehensive.
We did notice another NYC food truck map at Gridskipper, however, we haven’t had the opportunity to watch it very long to see if it is as accurate or as comprehensive as Zagat or Tweat.it.
Truxmap (foodtrucksmap.com) offers food truck maps for New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, DC. This service offers one of the most complete and accurate food truck maps for the west coast cities, but still has a little way to go with New York and Washington. Truxmap does seem dedicated to the food truck map concept as they are supplementing their desktop maps with a variety of mobile applications.
There are two other Los Angeles Food Truck Maps that are also quite good. Foodtruckr provides a map of LA food trucks that differentiates the trucks that are GPS enabled and providing the most accurate locations versus those trucks with close approximations of their location. With Twitter being GPS enabled there is no reason for all food trucks to not be providing GPS locations.
ClusterTruck also provides a live map of LA food trucks. When clicking on a truck on their map you are linked to a page that provides a bit more detail about each truck to enable you to make better decisions. Their interface is very clean and attractive.
Washington, DC has their own food truck map at FoodTruckFiesta which is rather comprehensive. Our only complaint is that the map itself is a little small so a lot of the trucks pile up on top of each other. FoodTruckFiesta also offers an iPhone app of their maps.
Finally in one of the food truck mecca’s of the world Microsoft’s Bing Maps is providing a food truck map for Portland. This map is extremely comprehensive (over 300 trucks and carts) and provides integration with FourSquare.com. There are some basic comments and suggestions for most food trucks indicated on the map.
There are several other food truck maps that are pretty basic and use Google Maps api to create marked-up maps.
If there are other food truck maps that we haven’t mentioned please let us know and we will add them (and if anyone wants to develop one for us, let us know!).