A review of the Sixth and Rye Kosher Food Truck

Opening Day: Scott's in jeans at the top left

Disregarding the kosher kontroversy** (yes, that’s spelled correctly) over Sixth & Rye (S&R) this past week, I decided to treat myself to DC’s newest food truck during its second two hours of existence.

I was pleased to see that the line in Farragut Square was not nearly as long as the one in front of Sixth and I last week (You can spot me in the picture to the right. Notice I’m not in the line). I can attribute the shorter line to the aforementioned kosher kontroversy, the absence of celebrity Jew/chef Spike Mendelsohn (sp?), decreased hype, and people not knowing how to use Twitter to find out where the truck will be next (Seriously, though. Why is Twitter still popular?).

While the line this week certainly looked considerably shorter at the popular lunch time of 12:45, it still took roughly a half hour to order at the front of the truck. S&R is obviously still working out some kinks; the credit card machine broke and the truck ran out of both coleslaw and the veggie option. I would never, ever be a vegetarian, but if I was, I would have been more than irked that I waited in line for a half hour to find out about the veggie non-option. I was a little disappointed that a truck open two hours a week was not be prepared for such a seemingly small window of time.

That being said, S&R did have plenty of corned beef, and I ordered the Meal Deal on Wheels, consisting of a sandwich, side (except coleslaw), and drink for $12. My tastes for a good deli sandwich aren’t too discriminating, as I’ve only lived in Delaware and DC my whole life. However, the hot corned beef sandwich was excellent. The rye bread it came on was nothing to write a blog post about, but what really made the sandwich was the spicy mustard. I’m no Iron Chef judge, but I thought it complimented the greasy (not a complaint!) corned beef perfectly. I devoured the sandwich back at my office and one of my coworkers even inquired as to what “smelled so good.”

At the risk of being ostracized by a segment of the kosher keeping kommunity (again, this spelling is correct), I would definitely go back for lunch any time (provided I know how to use Twitter).

** Sixth and Rye is endorsed as kosher by multiple reputable Orthodox rabbis, including Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom in DC. A mashgiach supervises all food preparation and services. Somehow, there is still controversy.

Sixth and Rye serves up smoked corned beef sandwiches, veggie wraps, and various sides every Friday in downtown DC. For more information, check out the Sixth and Rye about page or the @SixthAndRye Twitter Feed.