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Washington, D.C.: 10 Favorite Bites at Eastern Market

Eastern Market in southeast D.C. falls somewhere between a farmers market, food court, and tourist attraction. The permanent indoor and weekend-only, pop-up outdoor bazaar is open year-round (except on Mondays) and has been running for over 130 years. While you can swing by on a weekday after work and pick up a pound of homemade pasta or a couple of steaks, the real action happens on the weekends, when the market practically quadruples in size. Check out 10 of our favorite bites. More

A Sandwich a Day: Softshell Crab Sandwich at Market Lunch in Washington, D.C.

Eastern Market, a public market with indoor and outdoor stalls hawking everything from fresh produce and poultry to handmade jewelry to tarot readings, has been in operation for well over 130 years on Capitol Hill. The market is particularly busy on weekends, and no place has longer lines than the indoor hall's Market Lunch. Their seasonal Softshell Crab Sandwich ($9.95) is exactly what it sounds like: a lightly fried softshell crab still hot from the fryer served open-face on a fluffy roll with romaine lettuce and a tomato slice (should you want it.) The crab itself actually tastes like crab, too! More

Renovated Eastern Market in D.C. Will Reopen June 26

Photograph from erin m on Flickr A little over two years ago, Eastern Market, the oldest continually operating market in Washington, D.C., burned down. The community quickly came together, fundraising and putting up a temporary home for vendors across the street. But the historic brick building is finally ready to reopen on Friday, June 26, as mayor Adrian Fenty announced this week. Vendors will start moving back in June 14, and the kick-off will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 26, followed by a neighborhood celebration on Saturday, June 27. After the $22 million renovation project, the space has spiffed up a bit to include modern heating and air conditioning, UV light-protective windows, new skylights and restrooms. It... More

Eastern Market: Almost Back to Normal

As reported in May, a tragic fire burned down Washington's historic Eastern Market hall, leaving Mr. Bowers, the cheese man; Jose Canales, the butcher; and the entire vendor gang homeless by day. Alternatives were limited since meat-slicing and dairy-refrigerating didn't translate well on folding tables outside. Plus, the sadness of it all was too overwhelming for many to bounce back. But it's been five months since that horrible 2:30 a.m. wake-up call, when neighbors watched their second home go down in flames. Since then, the community and entire city has fund-raised enough to open a temporary hall across the street, which opened a month ago and is starting to feel more and more Eastern Markety inside.... More

Save D.C.'s Eastern Market

Eastern Market, D.C.'s 134-year-old market and historic landmark was devastated by a 3 alarm fire earlier this week. The market is the oldest continuously operating fresh food market in Washington D.C. and home to cheese and fish mongers, butchers, a bakery, produce and flower vendors, outdoor farmers' market and restaurants. A couple of months ago, I visited my friends Shannon and Jason who live a few blocks from Eastern Market, and we strolled through on Saturday afternoon. We grabbed some lunch at Market Lunch, and Shannon and Jason picked up their groceries for the week. It's not hard to imagine what a loss this is to the neighborhood and city, but hopefully only a temporary one as rebuilding fund... More

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