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Posted at 4:11 PM ET, 07/16/2009

Best Eats at Eastern Market? You Tell Us.

By Julia Beizer

The snaking line at Market Lunch. (Susan Biddle for The Washington Post)

I've never been big on breakfast, but I think one of my best meals in recent weeks was a Styrofoam container full of buttery, fluffy pancakes.

It was a Thursday. The sun was shining brilliantly at just before 9 a.m. and I sat alone at one of Eastern Market's few outdoor tables and chomped mouthful after deliberate mouthful. There was no one to talk to, nothing to read; just me and a plate of delicious, oddly uniform plain pancakes.

This Market Lunch special made up just one of the many meals I enjoyed while reporting one of the sweetest assignments I've had in a while. My charge was to cruise around Eastern Market and its newly re-opened South Hall, eat, write. Check out the rest of my faves in a story for this week's Weekend section.

With only 800 words at my disposal, I had to limit my scope somehow and I did that my focusing on only ready-to-eat foods from the South Hall and the vendors in front of the aquatic center. But since everyone approaches a place like Eastern Market differently, I thought it would be cool to get readers' suggestions for must-buy eats at Eastern Market. Add your favorites to the comments below.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | July 16, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
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If you are lucky, Canales might have some of its Barackwurst left, equal parts half smoke and Chicago red hot.

Posted by: bls10416 | July 16, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Canales is the best for meats and they'll cut it any size shape you want if you don't see it there.

Posted by: Phillyberg | July 17, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Too bad you had to limit the scope of your article, Julia. The neighborhood has a number of other great places to go! Just across from South Hall on 7th Street is one of my favorites - Petite Gourmet. A cup of homemade soup (which vary daily), a bit of chicken salad, and a Parisian macaron (one of the latest additions to the collection of sweet treats) makes my day!

Posted by: j_wesemann | July 18, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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