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May 13, 2009 12:05 PM

Delicious new Indian truck

Hi, Hounds,

Last Saturday found me staggering out of the Black Cat (14th & T) and onto the Fojol Brothers food truck. It seems that the enterprise is pretty new, based on their website, and that they've been roaming around NW on weekend nights, delivering tasty chicken masala, saag paneer, and other curries. Has anyone else come across them? They play dance music, wear fake mustaches and turbans, and are pretty noticeable in their retro trailer with compost collection bins on the back of the truck. I really enjoyed their chicken masala, and found it well-balanced and spicy.

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  1. Interesting - Do they have a predetermined route?

    What is their Website?


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    1. There was an article about them in the WaPo today.

      1. You know what? This is ridiculous. If the food's good and they're benefitting from Twitter technology, then there's absolutely NO need for the outright-insulting "Indian" getup. They will definitely be AVOIDED by me for this very reason.

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        1. re: yfunk3

          I would liken their getups to the Flying Karamazov Brothers, who aren't really brothers, Russian, and have nothing to do with the novel. They have created their own country as a publicity stunt, and their mustaches make them look like Roma, which is very fitting. Seems to me like it worked!

          1. re: Steve

            Agree with Steve. How many other food carts are there? How much other Indian food that doesn't come from imaginary countries?
            They have instantly made themselves memorable and now everyone in the late night Washington crowd will be seeking them out.
            This is the old Gypsy Rose Lee theory: You Gotta Get a Gimmick.
            Enjoy Bernadette Peters.

          2. re: yfunk3

            I will actually go out of my way to try them out for the very reasons you won't.....

            1. In the WaPo write up yesterday, it said that the "brothers" hired a chef (presumably Indian?) to cook the food but that he/she wanted to remain anonymous. Ashamed of the gimmick, ya think?

              I like the compost bins, though.

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              1. re: tcamp

                Actually, no...I bet he works at another Indian restaurant in the area and wants some extra income.

                1. re: Jacey

                  This is what I took from the article as well...that the chef had another job and was doing this on the side.

                  The "gimmick" is imaginative and sounds fun. I can't wait to try them out (and follow them on Twitter!).

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    I just checked out the Fojol Brothers for lunch today. I made the mistake of going when I was in a hurry -- oops. I found long lines there, both to place my order and to pick it up, and was late getting back to work. Lesson learned. I won't seek them out again on a day I'm feeling time-pressured.

                    But, long lines usually mean good food and this was no exception. I got their pumpkin and the chicken masala, served with basmati rice -- all for $6 -- great value. The food was served piping hot, which I love. The chicken and pumpkin were delicious. The rice was a bit mushy -- but I quibble, given the price.

                    The guys are very friendly, laid back, relaxed and talkative to their customers -- all wonderful qualities, unless you're in a hurry. I will definitely go back on a day when they are parked closer to my office.

              2. great customer service.

                Had the butter chicken + cauliflower + saag paneer. Very decent for 9 bucks.
                The Basmati needed a little help, but I'll definitely go back.

                They ran out of Mango Lassi Pops though.

                I saw them last week on G btwn 12 and 13, but DC's finest shut the whole thing down.
                Today, parking enforcement was parked right behind em.