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Lexington or Cross Street Market

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We will be in Baltimore briefly and would like to pay one market visit for crabcake. I was all set to go to Faidley's, much recommended here & elsewhere but a friend from Baltimore said to go instead to Nicks at Cross St Market, as Lexington Market isn't so nice. So, I need advice to make a decision--which would you recommend?

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Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. Without the slightest hesitation: Lexington.

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    1. re: baltoellen

      Agree with Ellen. Cross street is my "go to" market since I live a couple of blocks away, but Faidley's has the far superior crab cake, Johnny's the far superior hot dog, and Parks the far superior fried chicken.

      It's no choice at all.

      1. re: JonParker

        Gotta make it a third for Lexington Market..

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        Lexington Market
        400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

    2. Agree that Lexington Market isn't so nice, but if you just want a crab cake, it's a better choice.

      1. Lexington market all the way. You'll be fine there. The atmosphere is actually pretty festive.

        1. Lexington Market: Pick up some Berger cookies for dessert while you're there, and as you walk back to Pratt St., stop by the Edgar Allan Poe grave site at the corner of Fayette and Green streets.

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          Lexington Market
          400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. Faidley's is not typical of Baltimore/Maryland crabcakes, far from it, but it is delicious.

            You will either hate or love Lexington Market. You will either enjoy the decidedly urban atmosphere or feel distinctively uncomfortable, but the Faidley's eatery area is worth a visit.

            The rest of the stalls at Lexington aren't worth a trip on their own merit, but if you are going to Faidley's it may be worthwhile to check them out.

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            Lexington Market
            400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201