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As the name suggests, Market Lunch is a place famous for its…breakfasts. Seriously, if you read the published record on this popular Eastern Market spot, that’s exactly the impression you walk away with. The blueberry pancakes. The crab cake benedict. The Brick breakfast sandwich. Each has its charms, of course, but Market Lunch really lives for the noon hour and its twin odes to mid-Atlantic cuisine: the crab cake and the fried whiting sandwich. The former is a fried mound of crabmeat, short on filler and long on fresh, sweet flavors. The whiting is, without a doubt, the best interpretation in the area—two long fillets, each lightly breaded and fried, which are slapped onto a bun so that the fish flaps out over the edges, as if the fry cook tried to stuff a gull into your sandwich. By the way, those house-made buns are half the reason your sandwich tastes so fine; they’re fresh from the oven, soft, and full of flavor.

225 7th St. SE, (202) 547-8444

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