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Zola on the Go cart?

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Was strolling through chinatown on lunch break and came across a lunch cart on the corner of 7th & F (right around the corner from the Sauca truck.) I work around the corner and had never seen it before.I looked briefly at the menu, and there were a variety of sliders and some sandwiches. I'd assume they're affiliated with Zola's, but there was also a DC Central Kitchen sign, too.

Anyone know anything about this cart? Is that it's usual spot?
Couldn't find any information on the zoladc.com nor dccentralkitchen.org

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  1. I saw it too, and was looking for info. I suspect it will be in the same general area since it's where the restaurant is located.

    1. Went down to 7th & F again, and sure enough the Zola on the Go cart was there again. Talked to the guy running it, but unfortunately was not able to order anything, as he was having propane issues. I did find out that they'll be there everyday in the summer.

      So, the menu is all sliders -- hot & cold. Not sure how many come in an order, but each of the items below is $5 or 6. They also had whoopie pies, fruit, and handmade chips.

      Here's what I can recall from memory. There were a bunch more hot that I can't recall right now, but just the 3 cold.

      Cold
      -------
      Mortadella & Romano
      Caprese
      Roasted Vegetable

      Hot
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      Veal & lamb mini brats
      Lamb meatball
      Lamb bbq

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      1. re: theyawns

        Zola runs the cart along with Central Kitchen as a way to train the unemployed and homeless in order to work in a professional kitchen. So you're doing something good by supporting them. I don't know if they still serve breakfast sandwiches, but at least did when they opened.

      2. I stopped there today, It was the DC Central Kitchen logo that caught my eye - it's a wonderful thing to support in terms of both feeding the needy and providing jobs training. In fact, the guy running the cart was giving a "stay out of trouble" pep talk to a couple of kids in line ahead of me!

        As for the food - I think it's great for a truck. In an area of DC that's awash with boring and mediocre chain restaurants, this truck provides great food on the go.

        Person ahead of me ordered chicken/mushroom sliders, which looked really good - almost like a philly chicken-chessesteak. I had the homemade veal&stout bratwurst sliders... they were small, but I actually like small portions for lunch and for $5 who can complain. Served in a decent bun (non-food service!) over top homemade slaw, which had hardly any dressing and made for a wonderful accompaniment to the brats on such a hot day.

        The portion sizes vary depending on what you order. The brats are smallish, but you get two. The chicken sliders I saw someone get were stuffed to the point of overflowing and would provide a very filling meal.

        Just to be clear... the truck is not cooking from scratch - a lot of the stuff has been prepped and precooked, and they're just assembling it, which is fine with me since it's 1) fast; 2) a food truck; 3) using good ingredients; 4) supporting a great cause

        Also, I had the homemade potato chips... AWESOME. Sure, it's humid out and they're not super crispy, but great potato flavor, and they had little bit of hot pepper and some shredded gruyere or parmesan lightly covering them. Generous portion, too - good snack to split.

        As I said, with a neighborhood with so much mediocre chain and fast-casual food places, I think this food truck is actually a standout and I would highly recommend it. I intend to go back.

        The guy in the truck said they're out there 7 days a week. Not sure about hours.