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Charles Street Chow Down

May 9, 2012

We’ve all got to eat. But that doesn’t mean we have to treat our daily intake of edible items like putting gas in the old auto. We need food, but we also want it. Here at the City Paper, we love to eat. From Eat Me, to Cheap Eats, we’re always looking for an excuse to slam some food down our throats. And Let’s Eat! Charles Street–Saturday, May 12 from noon to 5 p.m.–provides one of the best excuses all summer.

The Historic Charles Street Association is sponsoring the event and their press materials quote Haluk Kantar, owner of Cazbar Restaurant, declaring the festival “the best thing to happen to Charles Street since Starbucks.” Really? By my lights, a festival with some of the city’s best food—including Cazbar’s—is a sight better than the big box coffee you can find off half the interstate exits in the country.

Though food might be foremost on my mind as I write this, it’s not all about the food. This is a full-on fest. The 300 block of North Charles will be closed so that we can wander around and stuff our faces while listening to live music–sponsored by WTMD–between 12-5 p.m. (the Carousel Rogues headline at 4:00 p.m.) and checking out the goods and grub of over 40 local businesses.

Especially interesting is the launch of Noodlerolla—the city’s first sushi truck‑operated by the former executive chef of Sticky Rice.