Patrick Russell is taking his new Woody's Taco Island food truck on a brief tour today as he preps the colorful vehicle for its debut to Baltimore diners next week.
It will go into rotation with the city's other food trucks, he said, as well as being available for private parties, from birthday and pool parties to wedding rehearsals.
The menu features tacos like adobo braised pork with pickled red onion, fire-roasted pineapple salsa, and ancho blood-orange chile sauce, and a marinated fish of the day with cheddar Jack cheese, Baja slaw, pico de gallo, and Woody's sauce.
Other items include: a mixed-green salad with pineapple vinaigrette; sides like Cuban yellow rice and tortilla chips; and various salsas. Patrick said he is going for a "Caribbean feel" with the menu.
Local artist Charles Lawrence, who painted the murals at Patrick's Woody's Rum Bar in Fells Point, painted the new truck, pictured, with an island theme, detailing a Tiki bar and various beach creatures. A classic Woody surfboard will be added to the truck's roof before it officially hits the streets.
Patrick—who owns a bunch of other restaurants, including Kooper's, Sláinte, Chowhound Burger Wagon, and The Manor Tavern—is also opening Kooper's North in the Mays Chapel area of Timonium, where the defunct Restaurant Sabor was located. An Aug. 21 opening is planned.
The restaurant will be the same as Kooper's in Fells Point, Patrick said. "It will have the same beer, the same wine, the same food. It's the exact same thing."
So what's next for the busy restaurateur? "I'm done," he said. "In the fall, I'm going to chill."