Best We’re Always Late to the Party
Published: September 21, 2011
Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon launched the gourmet food truck trend here a couple of years back, but for some time it trawled the streets alone. Then, mostly over the last year, a flurry of new trucks hit the streets, enough to constitute a full-on fleet. Grilled cheese, cupcakes, mac ‘n’ cheese, pancakes, all this and more can now be purchased from a truck, should you so desire. Meanwhile, in trendier cities: Los Angeles’ famed Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go truck debuted three years ago, making it officially old hat in the world of culinary trends; New York food trucks are so abundant they have their very own association; and other cities sport trucks innovative enough to make Baltimore’s newly minted offerings seem like hot dog carts. (See, for instance, Chicago’s Meatyballs Mobile, which serves bull testicles.) But while mobile vendors in other cities have faced crippling regulations and resistance from bricks-and-mortar establishments, leading to all-out food truck wars, Baltimore has been relatively accommodating. In June, for instance, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake created designated zones for food trucks to operate within. So we might be late to the party, but we’re cutting in line, damn it.