3515 Clipper Mill Road, Baltimore
Tucked away in the industrial part of Clipper Mill is a hidden oasis of deliciousness waiting to be discovered. It is not too often we see a food truck lay down roots on a permanent address. Especially one with a nomadic name. Fortunately, Annmarie Langton and Tom Looney of the famed Gypsy Queen Food Truck have made their street fare more accessible at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant.
Don’t let the view from the street fool you. Behind the privacy fence is an adorable, colorful courtyard in front of a warehouse with lots of table and bar seating. The selection of craft cocktails focuses on locally sourced spirits and ingredients that go down easier than Stormy Daniels. The rest of the menu reads like exciting stoner porn.
Langton and Looney may refer to their cuisine as street food but their take on a number of items are far more than that, covering a spectrum of culinary influence from around the globe. The Truffled Parmesan Fries had the right mix of crunch and chew balanced nicely with the saltiness of the parmesan. The Bourbon Bacon Brussel sprouts had a lightly sweet sticky coating that was like eating a fine candy. The Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates with Applewood Smoked Bacon had a similar finish as though I was happily having dessert first.
The wings aren’t the usual boring flavors. Instead, the Gypsy Style (with espresso BBQ sauce) and especially the Rosemary Honey Wings, reminiscent of an old school Italian method, captured sweet, savory and tangy elements we need more of. The sandwich offerings include sliders and a burger with curried mayo and chutney. (The truffle fries go great with the chutney.)
One of the most brilliant ideas from this kitchen are the meals in a waffle cone. The Korean Fried Chicken Cone is a unique spin on the chicken and waffles concept. Even better is the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Waffle Cone with Truffle Fries, draped in Old Bay Aioli. The creamy aioli dripping off the crab cake, with the barely sweet crunch of the waffle cone, was another scrumptious marriage of flavors.
The menu continues on with a large variety of fusion concepts masterfully put together, including sweet pairings with the Taharka Bros Ice Cream next door. The final cherry on this sweet ending is not on the sundaes. Rather, you can bring your well-behaved leashed pet with you in the outdoor courtyard area for those doggy date nights.
- Michael Ritmiller is a Baltimore native and foodie whose professional career spans across a variety of research & development initiatives in addition to serving local non-profits that benefit the community. An avid believer in supporting small restauranteurs, Michael began writing for Baltimore OUTloud in 2018 with the intent of identifying who offers the “best of” dishes around town.