Saturday, November 5, 2011

Local Travels: Eastern Market

I will only get up early on Saturdays for two things: road trips to the beach and breakfast at Eastern Market.

Eastern Market is an indoor/outdoor market that that has been open, continuously. in the Capitol Hill section of the city since 1873.  Even following the 2007 fire that heavily damaged the South Hall, the outside market remained up. The vendors still came. The community still came.

The Market Lunch, which is located in the rebuilt South Hall is the best place, the best place, for breakfast. This eatery is not a stand alone restaurant. Inside the market, right across from the fish monger, is a long table in front of a counter. That's it. You order your food, pick up your food, then sit at the table and eat. The entire menu is written on huge blackboards, the food is served on Styrofoam plates on red cafeteria style trays.  No gimmicks, no fancy themes. It is not common to have to wait in line for 30 minutes, but it's worth it.

The house special is the "blue bucks," blueberry buckwheat pancakes, but my heart belongs to the French Toast.  Thick slabs of real bread smoothed in whatever seasonal toppings, Tom, the owner has dreamed up. In the spring it is fruit salsa, in the summer peaches are common, and in the autumn, like today, apple cider syrup. Heaven.

If you aren't a breakfast person, the crab cake sandwiches on the lunch menu are the best in the city.


  1. I might have to try and squeeze in another trip while I'm in DC. Just reading about your adventure is making me salivate. I LOVE Eastern Market!!!!!

  2. Maybe by the time that you come they will be serving Egg Nog french toast. p.s. Tom was there on Saturday!