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Eastern Market

I'm thinking of heading to the Eastern Market this week - finally - I've been here years and havent been yet. I searched the boards and didn't find much info outside of a few references to specific vendors. Can someone point me to a thread I may have overlooked or let me know if it's worth visiting? Thanks!

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  1. I always get the hot half-smokes from Canales. I also get their ground beef which is the best inexpensive grind I've found in the DC area. High Quality. As many other can tell you, the bluebuck pancakes and the crabcakes at Market Lunch are a DC institution.

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    Market Lunch
    225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

    1. Eastern Market is great weekend excursion if you are browsing. the food is great the farmers market is great.The inside market can be very crowded if you are doing serious shopping

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      1. re: Rickw

        I love the pancakes & bacon at Market Lunch. Only served on Saturday before noon-and there is a long line so get there early-the line goes quickly, though.

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        Market Lunch
        225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

      2. Eastern Market isn't all that big. You can tour it in half an hour, or spend a few hours wandering around. Don't go looking for something particular (you might be disappointed if you don't find it), just see what's there that appeals to you at the moment. Even if all you do is get a cup of coffee at Peregrine you'll have a nice time. And you'll know what's worth going back for, if anything.

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        1. re: MikeR

          On a totally non-food related note, I'd like to plug Capitol Hill Books, which is right across from the Market. You won't find a better used book store in DC.

          1. re: reiflame

            And on a food-related note, I'd like to plug Tortilla Cafe across the street from Eastern Market. It's run by Jose Canales (of Canales Meats), and they have excellent (and cheap by Capitol Hill standards) tacos, tamales, and my favorite, yucca con chicharrones. If you're looking for a more upscale meal, you can do a lot worse than Montmartre down the block.

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            Montmartre
            327 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              EM was my primary source of groceries for 10 years, and I'd have to say, while there isn't the choice of a supermarket, a lot of things aren't necessarily on display, so just ask if there's something specific you're looking for, it is however best suited for impulse/what looks good? shopping. (I never knew what I was going to have for dinner until after going there) some of the mundane things can be the best. (OMG the sour cream from Bower's)

        2. I am very fond of the Pickle Man. He is not inside but outside and around back. Half and quarter sours, and full sours with a pepper bite at the end. Yum!

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          1. re: mrsphud

            Only on weekends, I'm guessing.....

          2. Thanks for the great input, much appreciated.