One of the best things about living in Alexandria is that you really can pop into DC for lunch or even take out if you plan it right. I love exploring new places in DC and with so much revitalization taking place, there is always plenty happening, particularly on the food scene.
Today I finally made it to Union Market for lunch. I’ve been thinking about the market all summer long and looking for an excuse to get over there. My first attempt was months ago at 10 am on a Sunday morning and everything was closed except for Peregrine Espresso.
Union Market is a year-round indoor market featuring some fabulous eateries, artisans, retailers and pop-ups. You’ll find everything from cheese to fresh fish, local dairy, organic vegan raw food, freshly baked breads, craft beers, wine, espresso and more.
Today my mom and I arrived around noon and things were bustling. I was originally thinking we would eat at one of the wait-staffed restaurants like Bidwell, but after a lap around the market I couldn’t get past Tacorean (the Korean BBQ/Taco) counter.
Although I have to say the Toki Underground dim sum looked really tempting as did DC Empanadas. I was also happy to see the Rappahannock Oyster Co, Righteous Cheese, Red Apron Butchers and so many more fantastic eateries.
The market has a rich history. In 1871 Centre Market was the largest public commercial market in DC and after thriving for many years it was torn down to make way for the National Archives. Many of the market’s businesses relocated to a new venue, Union Terminal, which was situated at 4th St.and Florida Ave NE. Vendors sold meats, dairy and fish. but in 1962 the city banned the outdoor sale of meats and eggs which demolished the market’s foot traffic. In 1967 a new indoor market was built which is now the revitalized Union Market.
Today Union Market represents an era of entrepreneurial rebirth in the District and according to their website its mission is to become the culinary epicenter of the Capitol City.