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Local Food Truck Opens New Restaurant in Reston

by Fatimah Waseem December 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm 21 Comments

Behind the counter of Chef on Wheelsa food truck that serves up authentic Mexican burritos, tacos and bowls, stands the chef, Basir Ahadi, an immigrant from Afghanistan. The Reston resident’s love for Mexican food pushed him to operate a food truck business in 2011.

Last week, Ahadi marked another milestone in his culinary journey by opening his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, shifting his food truck business from the streets of Reston to the former site of Sweet Heat BBQ on 1810 Michael Faraday Drive.

The new restaurant, which will offer dine-in options for dinner beginning today, allows Ahadi to bring families together over dinner for authentic Mexican food made from local produce, he said.

“The main reason that I opened the brick and mortar was for people to bring their families for dinner. We were only serving lunch and we didn’t have a location. This is our way of becoming a very permanent part of the community,” Ahadi, who graduated from South Lakes High School, said. He has lived in Reston for 26 years.

As he shifts his business, Ahadi plans to operate only one food truck on Reston’s streets. He hopes to have a big party at a grand ceremony in the spring of next year to celebrate the restaurant’s opening.

The restaurant serves gourmet chicken, steak, ground beef, fish and veggie tacos, burritos and burrito bowls. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. this week. Delivery services will be offered soon.

  • The Constitutionalist

    My bowels are not ready, but I will endure.

    • KimLD

      What an odd comment to post

      • The Constitutionalist

        Does the current status of my bowels and my intention to endure despite them not being ready offend you in any way?

    • Amber alert

      To cover all scenarios let us know when you re bowels are ready.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Will do!

    • OneReally

      I need a colon flush and Obamacare doesnt cover it. Thinking this place might be a cheaper option.

      • The Constitutionalist

        I would suggest the home remedy of eating halal foods.

  • KimLD

    I wish him lots of luck and success. We’ll come check it out.

  • Tom H

    Looking forward to trying. The best I have had recently is Taco Bamba in Falls Church. Welcome a quality taco experience here in Reston!

  • SuperCoop1280

    Sweetheat was a good idea but poorly executed so sorry it left. I will have to try this place soon. Best of luck.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    I tried it last week and was so pleased with the prices and the food!! Chef Ahadi is a delight to talk with and now I learn that he’s a Seahawk. No wonder he’s such a great guy.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Top notch reasoning right there.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    I have driven past that place several times wondering when they would open. I see that now is the time. I might stop by tonight for a taste. Question, though, are they keeping lunch hours also?

    And best of all, no app required for parking!

  • willman42

    The first sentence is an oxymoron- “authentic” Mexican food by……an Afghani chef??

    • Reston Realist

      Right? I was just thinking the exact same thing… too funny

    • 40yearsinreston

      halal tacos

      • Reston Now

        The chicken tacos are halal.

    • CE

      Cultural Appropriation

  • Bethany

    Oh yum! I’ve enjoyed his food cart a few times!

  • WheelieRestin

    Sweat Heat BBQ…heh.

  • CG

    Great tacos! I have always enjoyed Chef Basir’s food and he is such a nice guy.


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