Monday, December 17, 2012

Charm City Gourmet

Seems like every week a new food truck hits the mean streets of Baltimore City. Charm City Gourmet is one that showed up at UMB not too long ago. While most trucks serve straight-up street food, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, and the like, Charm City Gourmet takes it one step further by offering some more elegant items as well.

The first thing I sampled was the scallops with sweet cream corn and prosciutto bacon. I got four handsomely-sized scallops for $9.00 plus tax. NINE DOLLARS. Suck it, you overpriced scallop-scalpers! These babies were perfectly cooked (albeit a tad salty) and came with a super buttery creamed corn and crispy fried prosciutto chips. And it was served in a plastic martini glass. No kidding. There was even a little garnish of thyme. Hard to believe this was a food truck lunch, but it was, and a very satisfying one at that.

Next time around, I tried the pulled pork sandwich with slaw, and it did not disappoint. The pork was meltingly tender, and unsauced, so the porky flavor sang out. The griddled roll was a nice touch. The slaw was fresh and crunchy.

On my most recent trip to the Charm City Gourmet truck, I ordered the schwarma. It had big chunks of tender beef packed into a fat pita with a bit of cucumber, tomato, and onion salad and tahini. It was a bit messy to eat, so I resorted to using a knife and fork. I think I would prefer sliced rather than chunked meat, but the flavors were good.

Charm City Gourmet also sells lobster rolls, shrimp rolled in kataifi and fried, ribs, and fancy chicken tenders, among other things. It's a pretty well-rounded menu, something for everyone, but particularly seafood lovers. Mmmm...scallops.

Charm City Gourmet
1101 St Paul St Ste 405
Baltimore, MD 21202
443) 765-4051
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