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Mediterranean Halal Food

Address:Southeast corner of Hopkins Plaza and Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 

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By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/23/2010

Any of you downtown types working near either of those halal food carts--this one across from 1st Mariner Arena or the one at Lexington and St. Paul streets--who have never been tempted by the intoxicating aromas wafting off their grills must have superhuman willpower. We passed by very early one morning and felt like waiting around until lunchtime rolled up. Finally, we made it down on a sunny midday Friday--there's a Hopkins Plaza farmers market on summer Fridays?--and couldn't decide on a salad or gyro or one of the rice platters ($5.99, includes soda or water). Experience has taught us that anything consumed by hand ends up on the ironed white shirt, so we were soon sitting at one of the plaza's umbrellaed tables with a chicken over rice concoction in a Styrofoam box. A salad (chopped iceberg and tomatoes) kinda gets scooped onto one side of the tray, cumin rice on the other, and it all gets covered in tender chunks of chicken lighted coated in some kind of rub or marinade. Two sauces follow: one peppery, white, and yogurt-y; the other reddish and kinda smoky-spicy. Don't worry: It tastes fantastic when all mixed together. The chicken is succulent and moist, the cumin rice aromatically compliments the hot sauce's heat, and the raw salad veggies add a refreshing texture to each plastic forkful. It's large for a lunch, so take the long way back to the office and enjoy the day with a leisurely constitutional.

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