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Keep on food truckin'

food and-drink


George Washington University


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Keep on food truckin'

A culinary journey through those bastions of culture and convenience


Finding affordable fine dining options in D.C. may prove to be insurmountable task for the many incoming and returning students. For too long the student body has lived under the melancholy of indecision forced to rely on established eateries in order to eke out little more than an existence in the oppressive dining “community” that is the GW campus. However, I have taken it upon myself to change this.

Setting out on my tour I seek to channel my own Gordon Ramsey, my inner Anthony Bourdan, and the legend himself, Guy Fieri, in my pursuit of culinary excellence on a budget all throughout the wide range of the GW campus. The subject of my great deep dive into GW culinary culture will be those bastions of culture and convenience, the food truck.

My approach to the humble, yet aesthetic façade of the Bubblelicious Tea & Laos Street Grill food truck was one filled with excitement and apprehension. The vibrant green paintwork was both a statement of welcoming, and one of adventure that lay within. Upon placing my order I found the staff to be cordial, with assurances of a quality meal when I was handed my number. Unfortunately, the seating provided by this establishment was lacking. However, I learned this was intended for an authentic experience to truly enjoy the cuisine provided. My order? Beef short ribs with jasmine rice and a salad.

The presentation was Avant Garde, opting rather for a more minimalistic approach. My plate plastic. My food? Meticulously arranged as if to fill every inch of its humble packaging as if to appear almost haphazardly done. The meal was both bursting from its container as it was from its own flavor. I found the meal an excellent blend of traditional Laos cuisine yet with some Americanized flavors, lightly sauced so as to not overpower the meat. The salad, a refreshing blend of vegetables and fruit with a light dressing, truly balanced out the dish. I left Bubblelicious Tea & Laos Street Grill food truck satisfied, but wanting more, I’m sure I will find myself returning in the semester to come.
The next subject of my travels took me to a GW classic, that of the instantly recognizable Tasty Kabob. For many this review will serve merely a confirmation of their culinary taste, but this review is more for those shy eaters still unsure of trying its exotic wares. Having graced this establishment numerous times, I was filled with a feeling of contentment, as if returning home when I arrived.

Its design, a more demure forest green puts the eater at ease aiding the digestion. My order? Chicken with sides of chickpeas and pita. While many may scream their outrage at my choice to avoid lamb I tell you it is not without good reason. While it may seem heresy to the masses to not take lamb at a Mediterranean eater I have fond it to be dry and lacking in flavor compared to most lamb dishes, especially to the superiorly seasoned chicken. For the reader who still remains unsure, be not afraid, as one may choose to taste both chicken and lamb for a true comparison of the flavors. The meal was excellently seasoned with a small yet welcome salad that acted more as a palate cleanser than a side as I moved between the meals’ components. Truly, a wonderful and authentic GW culinary experience. I feel confident in my assessment that this truck has earned its eternal place in the GW culinary cultural circuit. While the pita has wavered in quality since the early days of my first intrepid visit, the meal as a whole has remained a staple of my time at GW.

Although my travels take me far and wide about the immense area that is the GW campus I will continue in my endeavor to serve the GW community by reviewing similar establishments in the weeks to come.

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This is an opinion piece and the reviews expressed are the writer's own.