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September 9, 2009

More on the burger truck, sushi and Top 10 Wednesday

BaconCheeseburger.jpgI only got one person (thanks, Bacon Girl) telling me how lunch was from the Kooper's Tavern Chowhound burger truck yesterday. I'm going to give you a second chance as I link to my Table Talk column today, which gives more details about the roving lunch wagon. 

I'm hoping this gives rise to all sorts of interesting trucks that stop near the Sun at lunchtime every once in awhile. Our choices around here are pretty limited unless we want to walk up to Charles Street. (Although I did have another excellent grilled cheese and tomato sandwich at Nina's. How do they get the bread so crispy without making it too dark?) ...

In today's column I also talk about the Towson sushi press tour and one more sushi restaurant that opened this summer in the area. I wish I had waited a week, because I just learned about another sushi restaurant that opened recently, this one in Pikesville, and I could start talking about trends.

In fact, we should have a live chat about how and why sushi restaurants got to be so popular in the Baltimore area, and why raw fish rolled in rice and seaweed took off the way it has.

Speaking of which, you still have a couple of days to vote on the next live chat topic if you haven't already. It will take place next Monday, Sept. 14, at noon. But you can submit comments/questions half an hour before to make sure you get a place in the queue.

Of course, today is also the day Top 10 Tuesday from last week appears in the print edition. Not many comments made it in, and they were all by regulars.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:19 PM | | Comments (10)


Nina's probably uses just the right amount of butter on the grilled cheese so that it doesn't get burned, but stays crisp.

What's with Kooper's using the name "Chowhound"? And copying nearly the same font and color as the real Chowhound website? If I were the real Chowhound, I would not be happy.

It's like the time one of the serial nutty owners of the Admiral Fell Inn named his pretzel booth in the square McKiosk replete with yellow arches. He wanted publicity, and got it when the big bad company protected its IP rights. To me, it shows weakness and laziness. Just make us something good to eat.

Those damned regulars, hogging all the comments. The Sun should do something about those self-centred attention seekers!

Perhaps the resemblance is unintentional. The name makes some sense given that Koopers is named after a dog.

Or perhaps I have lost all objectivity after having that fabulous bacon cheeseburger last week. I still think about it daily.

It truly is Tinytown. Ten minutes after posting, I ran into them parked in the middle of Patterson Park, grilling away. Drivers were jamming on the brakes and backing up Linwood Ave. to see it.

OOOoooh, PRETty burger!!

My guess is that Nina's cooks the sandwich over medium heat so the bread toasts and crisps nicely before it gets a chance to burn. The other option would be to cook both halves open-faced and press them together before serving.

I'm hoping this gives rise to all sorts of interesting trucks that stop near the Sun at lunchtime every once in awhile.

Would you settle for a Good Humor truck?

That burger looks cold and overcooked.Otherwise the cheese would have melted !!!!!!!

any idea why the Kooper's burger truck keeps getting "busted" and being forced to move around the city? they seem to get chased off their spots alot. what's going on w/ that?

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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