Baltimore late-night food [Pictures]
It's late -- or early, depending on your perspective -- on a Friday or Saturday and, for whatever reason, you're still awake. And hungry. Whether you've been studying, working or -- gasp -- out at the bars, it's time to get your grub on in the worst way possible. Problem is, it's 2 a.m. or later, and almost every restaurant and carryout is closed. Fortunately, Baltimore does have some options for late-night diners. Sure, there's plenty of pizza and breakfast food -- but Baltimore's late-night culinary tapestry covers a wide range of bases, from Korean barbecue to Mexican fusion crepes.
Here are some solid options to explore in the Baltimore area, some time-tested and some brand new. Go forth and feast, night owls. In the end, your eyes may be bleary, but your stomach will be full.--Evan Siple
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'Cowboy' Troy's Tailgate Grill( Handout photo / March 28, 2012 )
424 York Road, Towson (in front of Urban Outfitters)
Open midnight to 3 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday
For nearly eight years, "Cowboy" Troy Bolling-- named for his hat and boots combination -- has manned the Tailgate Grill into the wee hours of the morning.
After graduating with a degree in business from Towson University, Bolling set up a hot dog cart outside the Hudson Trail Outfitters building and began slinging hot dogs and sausages to late-night crowds. Hudson Trail Outfitters is gone, but Troy remains.
And for good reason. Troy's hot dog cart has quite the party atmosphere, even at 2:30 in the morning. Music playing, he dances a little jig while preparing a delicious $5 spicy sausage with onions, his bulldog barking away cheerfully. Folks line up along the sidewalk for a bite, and Bolling knows how to handle the sometimes-sloppy crowd.
Starting at just $2, his grilled dogs are a perfect late-night treat, with color-coded toppings (red for ketchup, yellow for mustard, green for relish) in case you're too "tired" to remember the names. Or, just order the Cuervo Dog -- it has everything on it.