DC’s Toki Underground popping up at Belvedere Square’s Shoo-fly

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Remember those crazy lines around Artifact Coffee last winter when Toki Underground Chef Erik Bruner-Yang set up shop for a few weekends? I remember standing in line with a flask of bourbon (my first flask ever, how fun are flasks…) and it was crazy…and also very, very delicious. Well, Chef Bruner-Yang and Woodberry Kitchen’s Spike Gjerde are at it again – the Maketto Holiday Tour is in town this week.

Bruner-Yang and Will Sharp of DURKL are making Charm City their second stop on the Maketto Holiday Tour at Baltimore’s Shoo-Fly December 1-5, 2014. Bruner-Yang’s menu will feature noodle bowls and Asian small plates, while Sharp will be setting up shop with DURKL’s winter clothing and accessory line. This is the second of four stops on the tour. Maketto is a communal marketplace and lifestyle brand in Washington, DC combining retail, restaurant, and café. It’s opening soon at 1351 H Street NE.

This past Saturday night, Bruner-Yang and Gjerde drove a food truck all over Baltimore, selling bowls of spicy Lao curry ramen. They started out at Parts & Labor in Remington, then went to the Avenue in Hampden, Shoo-fly at Belvedere Square, Ottobar, WC Harlan and North Avenue & Charles Street. I caught up with them on the Avenue and the vibe around the truck was a lot of fun.


Bruner-Yang and Gjerde have forged a great friendship over the last few years. They met at a Share Our Strength event for the No Kid Hungry campaign hosted at Volt by Bryan Voltaggio in 2012 and have been collaborating ever since. In a recent interview with me for Baltimore Fishbowl, Gjerde even mentioned Bruner-Yang as a chef he admires, “He’s going to do interesting things and he’s really serious about what he’s doing – in a really good way.”

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Amy Langrehr

Amy Langrehr is the blogger and Instagrammer behind Charm City Cook.She writes about food, drink, cooking and more in her hometown of Baltimore.
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