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Maria Kaimakis' Food Cart

Address:Corner of Light and Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 

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By Edward Ericson Jr. | Posted 8/5/2009

Next to the Residence Inn Marriott, at the corner of Redwood and Light streets, Cypriana Café proprietor Maria Kaimakis sells three sandwiches from a food cart. There's pit beef ($4.95), grilled chicken ($4.95), and pit lamb ($5.95). The "fresh squeezed" lemonade (regular and raspberry) is $2.50 for a 20-ounce cup or $3.50 for a 32-ounce cup. She's fast, as is her grill-man, which is good because the line is three or four deep all through the lunch hour. We got fed in under two minutes. The pit beef, ours with horseradish sauce and a squirt of barbecue, was just a tad on the dry side. But that's our fault--we stopped the grill-man mid-squirt. Kaimakis set up the cart here on July 8, under a permit that dates to the 1990s, long before the swanky Residence Inn rose on this corner. The cart looks a bit incongruous, wheeled in next to the valet-parking area and only three steps from the sign advertising 17 Light, the Inn's restaurant. It's perhaps unsurprising that the hotel's management has done what it could to get Kaimakis to move. According to a story on the Baltimore Brew blog, city officials are going to help Kaimakis relocate soon. At $5 to $6 a pop for a nice big sandwich, she'll be worth finding.

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