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Souper Freaks

Photo: Tim Hill, License: N/A, Created: 2011:03:25 12:39:09

Tim Hill

Enter another truck to the slowly expanding fleet of mobile kitchens trawling Baltimore’s streets. And one that ladles soup, no less. We caught up with the bright red-orange Souper Freaks truck near the Johns Hopkins University campus last week, looking to fill up on a brisk day. We ordered a couple of bags of food for friends and co-workers, including two grilled ham-and-cheese sandwiches on sourdough ($4 each), a small white bean and zucchini salad ($2), a couple of small shrimp bisques ($4 each), and a large bowl of chicken noodle soup ($6). The sandwiches, simple as they were, were a hit. The salad was great too, with crisp green beans mixed up with white beans and slivers of zucchini. The bisque was a nice balance of smoothness and texture, without being too thick or gloppy, but we would have liked to see more shrimpy chunks mixed in. The chicken noodle soup boasted hearty noodles and a cute garnish of heart-shaped carrot slices, but the broth needed more time to simmer. But all in all, a good and cheap lunch, and a friendly couple with connections to Big Bad Wolf’s House of Barbeque serving it up. Their menu changes every week, with a selection of soups at the core. And we were curious, so we asked: In the heat of summer, they’ll be serving gazpacho, Maryland crab, and other summer-appropriate soups.

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