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“Crazy Place but Excellent Breakfast!”
Review of Market Lunch

Market Lunch
Ranked #464 of 3,342 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Ended up at Market Lunch for breakfast one Sunday morning by chance and it was the best food mistake we made all weekend. The crab cake benedict and cheese grits @ $12.95 were fabulous! Don't bother with the OJ; it's not at all good and certainly not fresh by a long shot. Be aware that it is a busy, crazy place and seating is available if you're vigilant watching for spaces to empty. Ordering, waiting, and retrieving your food can be somewhat lengthy and be ready to keep on the move to move out of the way of others. It's worth it all. Food is spectacular! We'd go back in a heartbeat. Biggest problem was parking since we didn't know the area.

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Thank Tellitlikeitis2_12
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

If you are over by the market walk by Market Lunch. I ordered the crabcake sandwich and a soda and for $12 you would think they could pick the shell out of the crab. Three bites had shell. I could not finish the sandwich. Gross!

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Thank TravelingNN
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

The Market Lunch is a small eatery inside the Eastern Market building on Capitol Hill. It has been there for decades and has the best, reasonably priced, seafood in Washington, DC. The best crabcake in the Washington area. The Market also serves, in season, softshell crabs, cod, haddock, and rockfish. It also has a variety of nonfish offerings, such as barbecue and chicken sandwiches. It is self-service. One orders, pays (cash only), picks up, and sits down and eats, either at the long communal table or one of the tables outside the Market or in the north part of the inside of the Market. There is often a long line on Saturday, especially for breakfast, which lasts until about 11 am. The best time for a short line is toward 3 pm when it closes. It is open for lunch only on Sundays, and closed Mondays, like the rest of the Market.

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Thank Jim M
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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

This is one of those places that the locals flock to. It's a neat venue, but it's crowded and kind of like eating in a busy airport. Food was ok.

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Thank Steve D
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stumbled sleepily into Eastern Market that morning. After a drive, which began with only a single cup of coffee, we went to the famed place that served the Blue Bucks. It was around 9ish on a Saturday morning, the only day you can get blue bucks. The line extended past the restaurant through a hallway by the bathrooms and into another room. The wait, we were told would be about 45 minutes to an hour. In fact, it took about 40.
We stood and talked about recent events…about the items hanging on the walls around the restaurant…about anything we could think of while our stomachs growled and we waited to reach the head of the line. Blue bucks were not the only thing on the menu. No, there were many, many items which looked very tempting. When we reached halfway in the line waiting, with others pouring in behind us, we were able to see what others had ordered.

They sat in a long table, devouring what they had just picked up at the counter. There was a little man with a wet towel and a white apron who monitored the table and made sure that no one sat there who hadn’t already picked up their food. We were able to read the menu and watch what people were eating to decide what we were going to have when we arrived at the ordering location. We knew what we were going to order --- this was off the list of the 40 items we must try (from the Wash Post article) after all, but our friend, seemingly overwhelmed with the array of choices on the menu ordered EVERYTHING. She had the blue bucks, the fried green tomatoes (delicious, BTW, with crunchy coating and crisp, bitter green tomatoes inside. She also had hash browns (also delicious). The blue bucks – blueberry pancakes made with buckwheat flower were light and fluffy. Served with pats of butter. The warm syrup was in a pan near the ordering place and you were able to get as much as you needed – an important point in the pancake experience since not having enough syrup would have been awful. Maple syrup was also available for an extra cost, but we did not choose the upgrade. We also had bacon, served crisp. In the end, I can see why people trek to Eastern Market on Saturday morning for Blue Bucks – they are an experience. But I wonder if part of the allure is because afterwards, you can stroll the market and see the wonderful wares available. Hey, I bought three Jerry Garcia ties after my blue bucks, probably still riding on a sweet syrup high.

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