I love food trucks. I work near the great food cart corridor between Farragut North and Franklin Park, so with some regularity I patronize Carlos’s burrito cart, the competing Korean carts of Vermont Avenue, the Sauca Truck, Curbside Cupcakes, the SweetFlow Mobile, and so on. DC’s got a pretty good scene, although I long for the day when District Taco actually makes it into the district, or when Kogi decides to open up an East Coast operation. And I still don’t understand why nobody has started an Ethiopian food truck. DC is the capital of Ethiopian food in the United States, but they’re all sit-down restaurants; the mobile version needs to happen.
The DC government has an online survey right now gauging public opinion on the variety, quality, and usage of DC’s food carts (and other street vendors). As Matt Yglesias and others have pointed out, the success of food trucks in DC has as much to do with rules and regulations as with consumer demand. Whether you’re already a fan, or think the scene needs improvement, go take the survey now.