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Poll: What's your favorite food truck?

I weighed in on 13 of the newest tweeting food trucks today, rating what I sampled from one to four stars. Now it's your turn. What are your favorites? Vote below. And make sure to use our food-truck Twitter aggregator page to see where your favorites are headed today.

-- Joe Yonan

By Joe Yonan  | September 29, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
Tags:  Joe Yonan, street food  
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What do these food truck venders use for restroom facilities? Do they submit to city cleanliness inspections? Clean hands? Hair nets?

Posted by: tweet229 | September 29, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

@tweet229

These trucks are subject to all the same health department inspections as any restaurant in the district (hand washing sinks, cleaning facilities). And, all trucks need to have an establishment in the district agree in writing to let them use their restroom facilities.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 29, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The falafel trucks on Mass. Ave. Sadly, they're in Cambridge, Mass. but I still miss them.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I love street food but the prices most of these trucks charge is just outrageous. As such, I usually don't pratronize them, preferring to eat inside, have the food served to me, with utensils and napkins, at a cheaper cost!

Posted by: DrFish | September 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Although the restaurants have major health and sanitation issues with all the conveniences of water, sinks, toilets and cooks do not have to handle money. But with the truck vendors, who knows where/how they prepare food, chop onions, handle the money without gloves, and who knows where their hands are when no one is around. Gross. But the truck vendors are without most of these sanitation necessities. Also cultually speaking, many do not have these restrictions in their countries. But I am sure there are many well maintained sanitized truck vendors, and I hope that for the few times I buy from them, hopefully I find the clean one. I agree, the prices are high though. But these are business people and I wish them the best for their livelihood and families.

Posted by: 5100 | September 29, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

umm can't you all just vote and have a good time enjoying the world around you without the plastic wrapping? ten gen's dc area without a death due to food truck.

Posted by: Shanno1561 | September 29, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Fairlington Blade,
You dont have to go to Cambridge,Mass! Try the Organic Falafel Stand in Takoma Park.
http://theorganicfalafelstand.com/

Posted by: loram | September 29, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

DC Food vendors have to go through vigorous health inspections numerous times per year. And, if they also vend in Maryland or VA--they must also pass those states' inspections. Instead of making assumptions, why don't you just ask a food vendor when they're not busy? I'm sure they'll be happy to show you their inspection paperwork, or even show you their three in-truck sinks--equipped with running water--for wash, rinse, sanitize.

As for using the bathroom -- I think the likely answer is that they simply don't go during a busy lunch shift. And Frankly, anyone who works in a restaurant, as a chef, or bartender knows part of the job is not being able to take a bathroom break.

For people assuming these folks pee in a Pepsi bottle in the back of their food truck and then don't wash their hands, I think a more likely explanation is that they simply, like any other human being would, run to a Starbucks before the lunch line starts.

Posted by: kstreetgrrl | October 1, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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