Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
D.C.’s best food truck is, of all things, meatball themed. The humble meatball is an unexciting food, but Ball or Nothing is a very exciting food truck. That’s because despite the truck’s name, the meatballs are not the only star here. Each meal includes two sides and three meatballs, but the sides are so substantial that the platter ends up being about one-third meatball. And the rotating, seasonal sides are where Ball or Nothing stands out. It’s hard to go wrong, but try the mascarpone polenta, the salad with beets and goat cheese, or the roasted sweet potatoes. As for those titular balls of meat, the options are “classic” (beef), chicken (lately: barbecue or blue-cheese-and-apple), and veggie or vegan (a mash of vegetables including broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, and corn). The meatballs are flavorful, but most importantly, they ensure a filling lunch no matter which sides you get. They’re optimal for the truck format, too: Meatballs don’t need to be made to order to taste fresh. Even at busy times, it takes just a few minutes to get your food, and Ball or Nothing also holds up well over repeat visits. There’s enough variety to accommodate dreary days when you need comfort food (classic meatballs, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes) and summer days when you want something light and healthy (vegetarian balls, Brussels sprouts with walnuts, beet and goat cheese salad).