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}

Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.