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“Yummy”
Review of Market Lunch

Market Lunch
Ranked #386 of 3,257 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
new york
Level 6 Contributor
1,100 reviews
660 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
“Yummy”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

The Eastern Market is in a lovely section of Capitol Hill and quite accessible by Metro. A Saturday bonus is that there are stalls outside for porduce and crafts. There is a large room which focuses on foods to take home for cooking--not so vast as Reading Terminal Market or Ferry Market (and, in truth, both of those are better.) But the one place serving food is a treat. We went for the fabled Saturday a.m. breakfast and like the other reviewers found the line long. It moved swiftly,hwoever. There is ample seating int he adjacent room. We also had the blue bucks - yummy- free warm syrup availalbe. and the cheese grits with green chilis are amazingly creamy-not enough kick for anyone from New Mexico. There are 5 rule sposted--nothing compared tot hose Shopsin's used to post in NY. Prices gentle.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
642 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Food and Atmosphere”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

A buddy and I went for Market Lunch's famous Saturday breakfast. We thought we'd arrived ahead of the crowd (8:45), but there were roughly 25 people in line ahead of us. It moved reasonably well, and was worth the wait. Market Lunch is a short order place in the middle of historic Eastern Market in DC. For seating, there is a single long plank table with bar stools. Rules are enforced which keep seats turning over quickly (no saving, no reading when they're busy). I had the Blue Bucks (blueberry buckwheat pancakes), which is the house specialty and green chili cheese grits. Both were wonderful! The other specialty is crabcakes which were available in several forms for breakfast. The place was very friendly and had an excellent vibe. Watching the activity in the surrounding stalls made the wait go much quicker.

  • Visited February 2012
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Ann Arbor, MI
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Crabcake Sandwich”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

The best thing about Market Lunch is it's location ~ in the middle of Eastern Market. My crabcake sandwich was tasty, but combined with the quality and atmosphere, I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Full disclosure: Generally, I'm a vegetarian and prefer whole wheat to white bread. The service was prompt and efficient. Coleslaw was fresh and delicious. Cash only.

  • Visited January 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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148 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
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“A classic DC experience”
Reviewed 28 December 2011

Go for Saturday breakfast! Get the classic Blue Bucks, blueberry buckwheat pancakes. I've also enjoyed the French toast with fruit salsa , but this is only rarely offered. Their bacon is some of the best in DC. If you arrive after 9AM, expect a long line, perhaps a 15-minute wait, even longer if after 9:30. But it's worth it! Both for the friendly owner and staff, all of whom have been there for years, and for the reliably very good food. Be prepared to sit at a communal table indoors. Weather permitting, outdoor seating is more private, and offers a close-up view of the Eastern Market morning food and craft transactions.

  • Visited December 2011
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Waldorf, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Tasty crab cake - platters are overpriced”
Reviewed 3 November 2011

We visited Market Lunch on a Thursday afternoon about 1:15pm. There was a small crowd but plenty of seats and not a long line. We ordered a platter with the crab cake, shrimp and two sides. The fish was fried excellently. The crab cake was very tasty, if you like crab, which I do. The shrimp were fresh and coated just right. If you are a person who doesn’t' want your seafood to have a fishy taste or smell don't get the seafood here. But if you actually enjoy the taste of seafood, even when fried, you'll enjoy it. The green beans were covered in butter and only luke warm. :-( The coleslaw was ok, but nothing to write home about. Overall the meal was pricey at $20 for 7 shrimp and a small crab cake with the sides. The service was non remarkable but I don’t go to a counter type restaurant planning on wonderful service. The tarter sauce was messy but good! I would go back but instead of getting a platter, I would get the crab cake sandwich and perhaps some fries or just pick up a piece of fruit in the market.

  • Visited November 2011
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