Opened in late 2012, Union Market is home to some 40 local food shops, crafts stores, and clothing purveyors. It has become a major attraction, helping to revitalize a once desolate neighborhood of warehouses, near Gallaudet University.
A bit like an indoor Smorgasburg, a New Yorker would feel right at home at Union Market's trendy food stalls, which serve everything from excellent cappuccinos to Korean tacos, to oysters and beer. An afternoon visit gave me the opportunity to sample only a small number of the vendors at Union Market
|A selection of Chesapeake oysters alongside a fish sauce-spiked bloody mary|
Craft beers and an outstanding bloody mary made with fish sauce round out the selection. I'm always looking for new takes on the bloody mary and I enjoyed the addition of bold fish sauce to the spicy beverage.
|An assortment of tacos from TaKorean|
|Red Apron's "Cotechino Burger"|
The "burger" was a great contrast of flavors: spicy sausage, crisp and bitter greens, and a slightly sweet bun.
Another sandwich of pork meatballs overflowing a housemade baguette and topped with salsa verde was just the kind of decadence I was looking for.
Suddenly in need of an afternoon pick me up, we stopped at Peregrine Espresso for some excellent Counter Culture cappuccinos, with friendly heart and flower-shaped milk-styling (the main branch was recently named one of the best coffee bars in America). I would have preferred, however, if they didn't serve such a creation in a paper cup, as there was ample seating.
|Two perfect cappuccinos, unfortunately served in paper cups|
1309 Fifth St. N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Weds-Fri; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat-Sun; closed Mon-Tues.