New Food Truck Basil Thyme Hits the Streets

Basil Thyme Food Truck

Brace yourselves, foodies. A new food truck, called Basil Thyme, focused on from-scratch Italian food made from local ingredients hit the streets this week. Brian Farrell and chef Malik Umar are bringing the District fresh pasta, homemade sausage, ricotta and sauces, each and every day. And they’re also making their own tiramisu and cannolis, if you happen to have a sweet tooth craving.

Farrell, one of the owners, worked in IT for 12 years when he decided to switch gears and pursue his passion for food with the truck. He cites his desire to work and connect with people along with his desire to make authentic Italian food as reasons for why he started the food truck. He also credits his never-ending appetite and his mother’s job as a home economics teacher for his early love for food.

“One of my favorite experiences is going to restaurant and you can tell the chef puts absolute love and care into the food that comes out of the kitchen,” said Farrell. “My thought in creating Basil Thyme was, I’d love to do that too–to make someone else have that great feeling of enjoyment from a meal.”

Farrell is assisted by chef Mailik Umar, who has worked in a variety of restaurants, according to Farrell.

You can find out their daily location either on twitter or on our handy strEATs-powered food truck map.

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at)

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