Intern Nick's Top Ballston Food Trucks
If you’ve ever walked down N. Stuart Street at lunchtime or attended one of the BID’s Food Truck Days at Ballston Plaza, then you know Ballston is flush with killer food truck options. Ballston’s food truck scene boasts a diverse group of trucks with offerings that range from classic street food fare to modern fusions and interpretations of ethnic cuisines. The choices are so abundant it can be overwhelming to face the parade of trucks every afternoon. To help you narrow down your search for the perfect lunch, we've enlisted our hungry, foodie intern, Nick who has highlighted some of our favorite trucks that frequent the neighborhood.
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What started out as a creative outlet for the owners to make artistic cakes has transformed into the beloved Arlington food cart serving dishes inspired by the flavors of the Middle East. Don’t worry though - you can still order the beloved tiered cakes that started Bonn Boni on their website!
Must Try: Chicken Shawarma platter with basmati rice, a fresh salad, and all three housemade sauces.
Killer Tomato Pizza:
Killer Tomato sets itself apart from other pizza trucks by utilizing a wood fired brick oven to create perfectly chewy and crispy crusts on their pies. The Neapolitan-inspired pizzas are topped with the freshest ingredients and feature inventive toppings like brussel sprouts and marinated eggplant.
Must Try: Fennel Sausage Pizza topped with fire-roasted peppers, spicy italian sausage, and shaved fennel.
Inspired by the food of the owner’s Nana, Cocinana brings traditional Central American fare to Arlington. The truck specializes in elevating the humble tamal, a staple of latin cuisine consisting of masa (dough) stuffed with meat and/or vegetables and a tomato-based sauce and steamed in corn husks or banana leaves. In addition to traditional meat-filled tamales Cocinana also offers several vegetarian and vegan options.
Must Try: The Sweety Piggy - a tamal stuffed with pulled pork, carrot, jicama, parsnip, & prune - and a side of fried plantains.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken:
Every Friday the Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Truck quietly sets up shop at the end of N. Stuart Street away from the crowds across the street from the metro. The extra block of walking is more than worth it though - since its opening in 2012, Astro Doughnuts has won a slew of awards for both their crispy fried chicken and their imaginative doughnuts.
Must Try: Fried Chicken BLT Sandwich on a Savory Old Bay Doughnut in place of a bun.
Basic Burger is a truck dedicated to getting down to the basics: good food of the highest quality and no gimmicks. The truck menu keeps it simple with only four options, but don’t let the bare bones menu fool you, these sandwiches pack a ton of flavor into each bite. On the rare occasions you can’t spot the truck on N. Stuart Street, you can get your Basic Burger fix at their Court House brick and mortar location.
Must Try: Basic Cheeseburger with Sweet Potato Fries.
Little Miss Whoopie:
Little Miss Whoopie has been satisfying sweet tooth cravings for just under a year in the Arlington and DC area. The truck is named after the famous whoopie pie, a monstrous dessert sandwich of chocolate cake cookies with marshmallow cream in between. However, Little Miss Whoopie makes all kinds of whoopie pie flavors, offering seasonal flavors like pumpkin for the fall, gingerbread for the winter, and ice cream sandwiches in the summer! Little Miss Whoopie also offers milkshakes, cold brew coffee, and other baked goods.
Must Try: Any of the whoopie pies, really any of them.