Late last year we took a trip to Portland, OR, and like everyone else who has been there lately we fell in love with the food carts. A wide variety of good food (for a reasonable price) spread all around the city.
DC, of course, now has more to offer than just the half smoke carts that dot the city. Food trucks have popped up all over the metro area, tweeting their daily locations and also serving a wide variety of good food for a reasonable price.
But we still think DC could be well served by some fixed location food carts just like Portland. Granted there appeared to us to be a lot more vacant lots in Portland, the kinds of places where these carts could easily set up. DC does have some streets with wide sidewalks, and we think the sidewalk in front of the MLK Library would be the ideal starting point.
Like much of Penn Quarter the library is located within 2 blocks of all 5 Metro lines, the sidewalk in the front of the library is gigantic, and it would make the library a destination for tourists & locals alike. While we’re big fans of the food trucks in DC, we would also love to have specific vendors accessible in the same place for months at a time.
It will probably never happen, but we think 6 or so food carts in front of the library would make that stretch of 9th Street NW one of the most popular blocks in our neighborhood.