A Trip To Truckeroo

Food trucks are fun. They are trendy, unconventional and offer a great variety of food.

A lot of the appeal of these purveyors of meals on wheels is also in tracking them down and being the first of your office mates to announce that the Lobster Truck or Eat Wonky will be in the neighborhood today.

But alas, there is not always time to trek across town to wait in line at your favorite trucks.

In comes Truckeroo, a festival of food trucks, where more than a couple dozen of the city’s mobilized vendors gather at Half and M streets SE for 12 hours. It’s a foodie’s dream come true, tinged with a little bit of a nightmare ... with so many options to choose from, how can you pick just one or two or maybe three places to eat?

Basma El-Reyan has partly solved this problem by volunteering at the most recent festival on Aug. 12, which was the third of the summer.

“I like how [the trucks] are all in one area because I am not from DC — I’m from Virginia,” says El-Reyan, while working her way through a delicious looking plate of Eat Wonky’s gooey Wonky fries. El-Reyan also has a hard time picking a favorite truck, so the opportunity to visit more than one at a time is perfect for her.

This congregation of traveling eateries is also great for the truck owners.

“It’s a lot of customers in one spot,” says Stephan Boillon, owner of the El Floridano truck, pointing out the clear advantage from the trucks’ perspective.

Patrons can grab their dishes and head into The Bullpen or Das Bullpen, Bo Blair's outdoor beer hangouts. Blair is also the mind behind Truckeroo.

For those who missed out on the last few Truckeroos, look for another one Sept. 30. Admission is free, and if it’s anything like the last ones, there will be tons of great food with live music and a fun picnic-like atmosphere.

Katie Bascuas has lived in D.C. for the past year and a half, and when she isn’t working or traveling, she loves exploring new restaurants, farmers markets and bars in the city. A graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Katie also enjoys writing about food and is excited to be contributing to Metrocurean.