It’s almost too good to be true – Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Truck parked at the corner of North Charles Street and 33rd Street today, from 11 am – 2:30 pm. When I first heard of its whereabouts, I didn’t believe it until I saw it, the familiar brown truck with Kooper’s Tavern’s logo on the side. Finally, us isolated Hopkins kids (don’t even get me started on the Charm City Circulator – which completely ignored Charles Village) could take refuge in access to some of Baltimore’s finest burgers.
The burger truck was started in 2009, as an extension of the popular Fells restaurant, Kooper’s Tavern. Over the years, the truck has popped up in various areas around Baltimore, but never have I seen it around Hopkins.
As you can see, I’m still in shock. I can’t thank Kooper’s enough for having the brilliant idea to bring mobile burgers to Hopkins.
The mobile menu is basically a “Best of” version of Kooper’s Tavern’s full menu. There are signature Angus burgers such as the “MacGuinness,” with apple-smoked bacon and cheddar, and the “Otis,” with sautéed mushrooms and onions, and jack and cheddar cheeses. For the pickier palettes, there is a “Build Your Own” menu, with a choice of cheese, up to three toppings and up to three different sauces for your burger. Oh, and if you aren’t a burger-lover, the truck offers customers turkey, veggie and bison burgers.
On my way to class, I decided to grab Kooper’s “fifty-fifty” fries as a snack – half sweet-potato fries and half regular fries. I loved the guy who was working in the truck – I wish I had gotten his name. His cheery, upbeat attitude showed the time and care that go into Kooper’s burgers. Not to mention, the long line of students he attracted, too. Kooper’s burgers are a nice, and much needed, change of pace from the typical Hopkins and Charles Village lunch options.