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Baltimore fish market cole slaw recipe?

I'm usually not a cole slaw fan, but I recently had some delicious cole slaw as a side to some fish that I ordered at the marketplace in Baltimore (it wasn't the main place by the door, it was a counter further inside). It was quite simple -- it didn't have any unusual ingredients that I've seen in some recipes like nuts/peppers/cranberries/asian flavors. I remember tasting the cabbage/carrots, some celery seed, and some kind of vinaigrette. I know this is very particular, and I have searched on the recipe board, but I'm hoping that someone may be familiar with it and have a recipe to share. Thanks!

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  1. What marketplace are you taking about, Lexington? Cross Street? something else?

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    1. re: hon

      I'm pretty sure that it was Lexington -- it was near Johns Hopkins Hospital, if that helps.

      1. re: grayum

        Lexington is near University of MD Hospital, Hopkins is on the other side of town.

        1. re: hon

          My recollection is that the hospital and the university are not particularly close to each other. The market that I went to was near the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and my friend reminds me that the other fish stand (not the one we went to) was called Faidley's. I feel confident that it was Lexington. But, in any event it doesn't sound like anyone is familiar with it, so I'll try a bit more digging on the Home Recipes board. Thanks!

          1. re: grayum

            Faidley's is in Lexington Market but there's a lot of other seafood restaurants in there. Cole slaw anywhere up there is pretty basic with the ingredients you describe--cabbage, carrots, celery seed, mayo and vinegar. Use the celery seed and vinegar like seasonings to taste. Hope that helps.

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            Lexington Market
            400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

            1. re: MandalayVA

              Thank you -- perhaps I will start here and play around. I wanted to make sure that there weren't any obvious ingredients that I was leaving out, but it sounds like this is pretty much it.

            2. re: grayum

              Could you possibly be thinking of Northeast Market? It is just around the corner from Hopkins Hos[pital??

              1. re: Hue

                There is also the Broadway Market in Fells Point

                1. re: hon

                  Thanks, all, but I have confirmed that it was in the Lexington Market, and was one of the places other than Faidley's.

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                  Lexington Market
                  400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      2. I make two different kinds of slaw. A mayo based one (that is NOT watery - just ewww to the whole watery thing) and a vinger based slaw. I happen to use a "mix" from Germany, I'll look at the package when I get home. It's a seasoning packet that only requires 3 tbs of water and 3tbs of oil. Depending on what I'm serving, depends on what slaw I make. I get off work in an hour, I'll check the package and get back to you.

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        1. re: cbauer

          A good local cole slaw recipe similar to my mother's and grandmother's slaw has been intrpreted by my sister to be dressed in a ratioo of "1", "1", "1". That is one porion of Mayonaise, one portion of sugar, and one portion of cider vinegar. The dressing can be adjusted to taste but is similar to many good slaw dressings you will encounter and beats any supermarket dressing for slaws at the deli counter by miles.

          It is interesting to note that you recall being near Johns Hopkins Hospital when you encountered your favorite slaw. While I am unfamiliar with current booths at the Northeast Market which is near the hospital, one of the tenants at the market is one of the largest greens sellers on the east coast. Richardson Farms has farms near Glen Arm and has their own market on Ebeneezer Road www.richardsonfarms.net/ .

          Their farm market could be a worthy chow destination for anyone interested in local produce.

          1. re: cbauer

            That would be great, cbauer -- I'd love to see the ingredients!

            1. re: grayum

              I forgot... sorry. I'm working the second of a 12 hour overnight tonight so hopefully I'll remeber tomorrow. Was too busy sleeping today.

          2. Our family swears by Marzetti's (from the shelf, not the cold storage). We're a thinly knife sliced then chopped cabbage, carrot, Marzetti's and celery seed family. Consistently good (unlike some of my creations.