Last year we shared with you some of our favorite outdoor dining spots around Loudoun County. We still love these spots and while some new ones have opened, we’re thinking outside the dining room. Food trucks may be a new craze but roadside stands have long been a great way to pick up a fast, inexpensive, and flavorsome meal. And these mobile eateries are a great place to pick up a picnic lunch while you’re out touring wine country. Here’s a list of some mobile eateries around Loudoun that we’re familiar with. What are some of your favorites?
Windy City Red Hots Loudoun’s first food truck has a permanent home at Belmont Nursery in Ashburn. Windy City Red Hots brings a taste of Chicago to Loudoun with their classic Chicago style hot dogs, sausages, and pizza puffs. A very satisfying way to stave off hunger while shopping the nursery or, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself driving there just to get your Windy City fix.
Pizzeria Moto This mobile brick oven pizzeria offering “New American Style” pies is often spotted at Loudoun wineries and festivals. Thanks to that brick oven you can usually find your way to the stand by following the smell of the yeasty, chewy crust as it bubbles up in that blazing hot oven. Check out their event schedule to find where they’ll be next.
Catoctin Popcorn Company We have to give a shout out to Catoctin Popcorn Company’s Kettle Korn Stand. The stand is open on the weekends on Route 15 just before Point of Rocks Bridge into Maryland. Look for the giant bags of Kettle Korn and then buy that giant bag of Kettle Korn. You might think it’s far more than you can eat, but trust me, this is the ultimate salty-sweet snack! That bag will be empty by the time you get home.
In this part of the country, Barbecue Stands are truly the first mobile eatery - which also means this is going to be one of the more common sites you’ll see. Just look for the big black smokers on the side of the road and the cloud of smoke luring crowds in like the Pied Piper! It’s hard to filter through them all but here’s a couple of recommendations to get you started on your own personal barbecue tour.
Monk’s BBQ Located at Corcoran Vineyards and Brewing Company this is your one stop shop when touring wine country – wine, beer, and barbecue! And since Monk’s barbecue sauces are made with Corcoran’s wines and beers, the barbecue pairs well with both. In addition to pulled pork, brisket, and ribs, Monk’s smokes pastrami (unbelievably good!) and sells their house smoked bacon (call ahead to order.) On a side note, as of July 1st, Virginia Craft Breweries can now sell beer by the glass! So instead of just a sample of beer or a growler to take home, you can enjoy a glass of Corcoran’s craft brews with your barbecue.
The Pit Stop Find The Pit Stop and their highly rated ‘cue at Gilberts Corner during the weekends. According to Yelp Elite member Neal E. “The ribs and Kielbasa were the highlights of The Pit Stop. And I have leftovers! Mmmmmmmm!”