Market Lunch, like Eastern Market, where it resides, is an institution, a little slice of D.C. life. For the best insider experience, come here on weekends and you’ll see senators and representatives in line with their Capitol Hill neighbors to eat the famous blueberry buckwheat pancakes (“bluebucks”), softshell crab sandwiches, or crabcakes. The eatery consists of a few small tables and 26 stools pulled up to a wooden counter at the end of Eastern Market’s main hall. You choose what you want from the chalkboard menu and then queue to the right of the register to place your order. Once you’re seated, you get to watch all that’s going on in the market hall, as vendors and residents barter and chat. Market Lunch is open weekdays, too, but is a much quieter experience, so not nearly as much fun.
- Elise Hartman Ford