By Terry Chaney | Carroll County Times
The definition of fast food has changed greatly over the past century.
Many believe that the first fast-food restaurants were the White Castle taverns that originated in the early 1920s. Now, fast food comes in many forms, from Chick-Fil-A to McDonald’s.
But is the increasing popularity of food trucks and food truck rallies changing how we view fast food?
On Thursday, Aug. 13, the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce hosted its second food truck rally at YourSpace Storage, in Owings Mills.
In the interest of full disclosure, I serve on the ROMG Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. I am midway through my second year of a three-year term as a director.
For those of you unfamiliar with a food truck rally, it is when several trucks that sell food meet in one spot. Food truck rallies are usually hosted by a business or organization and held in a local business area. Some are held at lunch time; others, like this one, are held at dinner time.
At about 4 p.m., the trucks began to roll into the parking lot. The trucks were quickly parked, windows opened and awnings put up. Lines for ordering and pick up quickly formed and soon thereafter amazing smells began to fill the air.
Each truck had its own area at which to set up business.
The Jolly Pig serves amazing barbecue meats made into tacos in such varieties as Jamaican jerk barbecue, Bavarian barbecue, Korean barbecue and more. The food truck also offered a variety of what they call “sammies,” which can best be described as grilled sandwiches with yummy, delicious meats inside. My favorite was the Very Berry Cheesy, which was Fontina cheese and strawberry jam on Tuscan bread. It was a very wonderfully creamy grilled cheese sandwich, oozing with an amazing strawberry jam.
Pasta La Vista Baby offers Italian cuisine, like a chicken Parmesan sub, penne pasta with sausage, caprese and antipasto salads, mushroom ravioli, cheese tortellini, a meatball sub, and a number of other pastas with sauces. My favorite dish was the caprese salad. It was a perfect start for a warm summer’s night dinner.
The Koco food truck serves Korean-American fusion foods. The truck offers such delights as: Bibimbap, which is a Korean mixed rice bowl; Japchae bowl, which is noodles over white rice with your choice of meat; Mandu, which are hand-made dumplings; and kimchi fries.
The Great Cookie food truck is a white truck with cookies painted all over it. It offers a number of yummy cookies by the quarter-pound, half-pound and full-pound, as well as amazing brownies — which is what I had.
I, of course, saved my all-time favorite for last. The Icedgems Baking food truck cannot be missed. It’s a white truck with large pink polka dots all over it. Honestly, I have never had an Icedgems cupcake I did not like. From the chocolate peanut butter to the pink lemonade one I had at the food truck rally, they are always a go-to favorite and will not disappoint.
I ask you: Are food trucks becoming this generation’s fast food option of choice? They certainly offer a wider variety of tasty selections.
The ROMG Chamber of Commerce will be hosting another food truck rally at YourSpace Storage, at 11050 Red Run Blvd., from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17.