UPDATED. Baltimore wins again. For the second year, Gypsy Queen Cafe food truck took the first-place Mayor's Cup Trophy at Saturday's "A Taste of Two Cities" at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor.
Despite the heat, thousands of food lovers attended the event, where about 40 trucks lined the waterfront location. People took solace in any shady spot, including two big tents with chairs and tables.
The other top winners in the Baltimore vs. D.C. food-truck competition were: second place, El Cuervo (Baltimore), which specializes in tacos and Korean fried chicken, and third place, Feelin' Crabby (D.C.). The People's Choice Awards went to Gypsy Queen (pictured above, which always draws a crowd) and Rito Loco (D.C.), known for its burritos.
Other awards were given in specialty categories. Best Healthy Choice went to Souper Freak (Baltimore), whose chilled soups hit the spot as temps hit the 90s. While the Five Seeds fennel and carrot soup (pictured left, won), the truck's smoked gazpacho that we sampled was also very good.
Best Barbecue went to South Carolina BBQ (Baltimore); Best Sandwich to El Cuervo (Baltimore), and Best Dessert to IcedGems (Baltimore).
A Facebook commenter noted on The Gathering Facebook page: "When you go to an event where only Baltimore residents go, of course, they will vote for the local truck. Let's see when you all come down to DC in September which city takes the trophy."
There's a challenge. I don't have particulars, but it looks like there may be a fall rematch in the works.
Because of the prediction of heavy rain on Friday, this event is rescheduled to July 19. If you missed Saturday's feast, 15 Baltimore food trucks will gather from 5-10 p.m. on Friday at Du Burns Arena in Canton for another opportunity to savor some of the best food in Baltimore.
Photo of soups courtesy of Greg Haughey