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March 2, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Sâuçá rolled out their fourth food truck this week. (Photo: TBD Staff)

It’s March, which means spring is near — and so are more food trucks.

Good news for District Taco fans: The owners of the Arlington-based taco truck are planning to return to the streets next week. The truck, affectionately dubbed “El Torito,” was serviced in the shop for a bit. But it sounds like it’s almost set and ready to roll again. In the meantime, patrons can get their fix at District Taco’s storefront location at 5723 Lee Highway.

Speaking of shop service, Sabor’a Street is out sick today. The Latin-inspired street food truck is working on repairs and plans to return on Thursday.

Austin Grill’s launch into the District’s food truck scene has been pushed back a couple of weeks to March 15. The local Tex-Mex chain’s new food truck will serve several items from the restaurant’s menu, including burgers, burritos, and wings.

Looks like another truck took over Austin’s Grill rollout date...and it also serves burritos. Sol Mexican Grill debuted yesterday outside of the World Bank. It's planning to serve at 4th and M streets SW today, L’Enfant Plaza on Thursday, and McPherson Square on Friday. In addition to burritos, the menu also includes tacos and a burrito bowl.

The globally inspired food truck Sâuçá launched its fourth set of wheels on Monday. SAUCA GRILL features savory sirloin and lamb kabobs served over a choice of aged basmati rice, griddled flatbread, or a lettuce and tomato salad. Additional flatbread is available for $1.

Sprinkles will be giving away free cupcakes from its Sprinklemobile in Dupont Circle today.

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Now open: Paila Chilean Grill, zipzza

Paila Chilean Grill opened in Columbia Heights last week, reports PoP. The family-owned eatery at 1424 Park Rd. NW, serves churasco sandwiches, Baja fish tacos, and kosher beef frankfurters prepared Chilean style. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Attention, Rosslyn-area workers: zpizza is now a lunch option. The new pizzeria, located at 1100 Wilson Blvd., officially opened for business yesterday serving fire-baked pies, sandwiches, pastas, and salads.
Related: zpizza now open in Rosslyn

Sichuan hot pot on the way

Mala Tang is opening at 3434 Washington Blvd. The new restaurant will feature Chinese fondue, also known as Sichuan hot pot. According to ARLnow, the owners applied for a liquor license yesterday, and are in the process of hiring full-time supervisors. Chef and restaurateur Liu Chaosheng is overseeing the menu. Chaosheng has been cooking Sichuan cuisine in the D.C. for over a decade. He also owns Hong Kong Palace in Falls Church, and helped launch Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot.

In other food and restaurant news...

• The Fresh Market is coming to Rockville’s Congressional Plaza. This will be the grocery store’s first Washington, D.C. area location. (Bethesda Magazine)

• Trader Joe’s signs lease in Clarendon. (ARLnow)

• Mary Cheh wants to make vending machines healthier. (DCist)

• 12 Healthiest packaged foods (ABC News)

• Interpreting your food dreams (The Daily Meal)

• Replacing swear words with food names...  (So Good)

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Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

• March 3 -- Local Restaurants for Local Kids
• March 7-13 -- Frederick Restaurant Week
• March 10 -- Dining out for Life

Sweet Deals

• Feb. 28 - March 6 -- Free cupcakes from Sprinkles

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