Oatmeal Brûlée from the Sweetgreen Truck in Washington, D.C.

"Finally, a food truck selling oatmeal—and it's maybe the best you've ever had."


[Photographs: Erin Zimmer]

Oatmeal enthusiasts are used to having a spoon, bowl, and if you're really hardcore, a spurtle on-hand, but a blowtorch? Oatmeal brûlée has to be the most exciting thing happening in the oatmeal world today.

"It took a blizzard to figure it out," said Bona Park, who drives Sweetgreen's Sweetflow Mobile, the Washington D.C. salad and frozen yogurt chain's bright yellow truck. While trapped indoors during the city's recent Snowpocalypse, she started channeling her inner pyro with oatmeal.


Technically it's "quotmeal," a mix of oats and red and white quinoa, which soaks overnight, then goes into a rice cooker for a half-hour the next morning. Choose between a small ($3 for eight ounces) or large ($4 for 12 ounces) and any of their toppings (50¢ each): banana, baked apples, apple butter, and, my personal favorite, scone crumbles made from Atwater Bakery's raisin scones (like croutons for your oatmeal!). Then the magic happens—Bona sprinkles a layer of brown sugar on top and whips out the flame saber. The smell of the just-charred crackly top is just as satisfying as the tap-tap-tap ritual (performed with their compostable corn-based spoons, naturally). Then you dig down and get the perfectly-cooked grains. Finally, a food truck selling oatmeal—and it's maybe the best you've ever had.

Follow @Sweetflowmobile for the truck's locations and brûléeing updates.