Throughout my four years here at UMBC, I have been told about a legendary Halal food stand in the middle of Baltimore City near 1st Mariner Arena. Many of my friends, who had conquered the quest, told great stories of their spicy chicken gyros, warm lamb platters, and cheap prices. I was hesitant to go, mainly because I was not the best city driver in the world and I wasn’t about to hail a cab to go there.
However my fellow foodies, hailing a cab to get to Platter Halal Food Stand in Baltimore is worth every penny. This past weekend I sucked up my fears and drove a couple of avid goers and myself to E Baltimore Street right in-between1st Mariner Arena and the PNC bank. As soon as we stepped out of the car, the smell of slow cooked and well-marinated meat surrounded our every thought. My friends gave their orders with no hesitation as they have done on their previous visits to Platters, but I carefully stand in the back of the long lunch line and chose the combination Platter which had a mixture of Spicy Chicken, Lamb Kebob, a salad, white sauce, and hot sauce, all laying over a bed of well-seasoned rice. The spicy Chicken does have some kick to it, but I would have to say my favorite was the lamb kebob. The Lamb was everything you dream of meat being; soft, tender, juicy, and well-seasoned. However, what made this dish perfect was not only the cheap price of $6.00 for a platter, but the great suggestion my friend had given me to add in extra white sauce. The white sauce really made the dish come together.
The Halal stand also offers chicken and lamb gyros, salad, and hot dogs. Though it is not listed on their menu, you can substitute the meat in for seasoned pita bread, which is equally delicious.
The only con I can think of for this place it the lack of parking. The parking is far away down the road and the street right next to the stand is a tow away zone. There are some parallel parking nearby. There isn’t much of a place to sit and eat either, so we drove back to UMBC and ate our food under the great weather in the Harbor Courtyard.
I highly recommend trying out Platters as much as my friends had suggested it to me. We met UMBC students there and we saw UMBC students in Harbor Courtyard eating food from platters when we had come back to campus.
I only wished I faced my fear of driving in Baltimore city sooner, so that I could have experienced Platters Halal Food Cart before my last year here in UMBC.