Cambridge crowd turns out for Taste

Bistro Poplar wins Best in Show

CAMBRIDGE — For 12 years Cambridge Main Street has hosted the Taste of Cambridge as its signature event. This year did not disappoint, as a large crowd packed downtown.

Last year’s taste was a no-go, due to planning and scheduling difficulties, and it was obvious this year that the town of Cambridge was ready to see The Taste again.

With the streets closed to vehicles, Race and Poplar were packed from High to Muir. Cambridge Main Street was hustling and bustling. Live music played, while a number of restaurants served delicious local fare, and community groups and vendors offered information and goods for sale.

A large crowd turned out for this year’s Taste of Cambridge.

Being the Taste, the main event was local restaurants competing for the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice for Best in Show. Competing for the best cream of crab soup, Jimmie and Sooks won the people’s choice against High Spot and Riverview at the Point. Jimmie and Sooks also won the people’s choice for best Maryland vegetable crab soup while competing with High Spot. Competing for best crab cake or crab ball were RAR Brewing, Rock Lobstah, and Three Sixty at the River’s Edge, with Three Sixty taking the voter’s choice honors.

Guests line up to sample Jimmie and Sook’s offerings. Jimmie and Sook’s won the voter’s choice for its Maryland vegetable crab and cream of crab soups.

Up against Stoked, Black Water Bakery won the people’s mark for best crab dip. Palm Beach Willie’s took the voter’s choice award for best crab specialty dish with its Buffalo soft crab bites. Palm Beach Willie’s was competing with Bistro Poplar’s Thai crab tacos, and Hyatt Blue Point’s buttermilk fried soft shell crab.

Bistro Poplar won best in show with its Thai crab tacos.

Winning the Judge’s Choice for Best in Show was Bistro Poplar with their Thai crab tacos. As Best in Show, Bistro Poplar is now qualified to compete in the World Food Championships.

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