Hot Spots: Market Place

Hot Spots: Market Place

Anyone who knows me knows that one of my top go-to food destinations in town is The Food Market on “The Avenue” in Hampden. Opened six years ago by Chef Chad Gauss, it’s as popular as ever, both with neighborhood locals and diners from around the city. The approachable menu offers clever spins on classic dishes, incorporates seasonal aspects, and changes regularly, so there’s always something new to try. And the consistency of the food quality, as well as how quickly it arrives from the kitchen, makes it one of the best dining values in town.

Superb service and an always-buzzing crowd in its dining room make it a northside treasure.

The bar, located at the front of the restaurant with big windows overlooking The Avenue streetscape, has always employed personable, knowledgeable bartenders. I usually stick to two standard choices.

If I’m in beer mood, it’s always a tall can of good ol’ National Bohemian.

If I’m leaning toward a cocktail, it’s generally a Pimlico Playboy, which is basically a mint julep that mixes bourbon, soda water, simple syrup and fresh mint.

It’s rumored to be named for a certain Hampden shopkeeper, and it’s been my choice here since the place opened in 2012.

Great food, great service, great scene—combined with free valet parking and set amidst the diverse and booming Hampden food landscape, The Food Market has earned its place as a new Baltimore classic. {The Food Market, 1017 W. 36th Street, Hampden}