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Best Public Market

Northeast Market

2101 E. Monument St., (410) 276-9498

Posted 9/22/2004

You know you’re in an authentic Baltimore public market when hats, wigs, bric-a-brac, cheap toys, check cashing, and cell phones are part of the mix of available sundries. If the posher markets—Fells Point’s Broadway Market, Federal Hill’s Cross Street Market—have them, they’re well hidden. But at Northeast Market, on Monument Street just east of Johns Hopkins medical campus, such items are front-and-center. The clincher on the authenticity front, though, is this list of bits and pieces available at Mike’s Deli and Meats, which rents stall No. 6 at the Northeast: oxtails, cheek meats, ears and tails, strick lean, aitch bones, fatback, and neck bones. Bourgie meals aren’t made of such choice cuts, but East Baltimoreans know what to do with them, and they know where to find them. And while they’re choosing, they can get a decent slice of pizza or a hot breakfast sandwich or chicken wings, and snack at the market’s open-seating area, whose interior-design aesthetic is ripped right out of a 1970s-era bus station. Now that’s East Baltimore.

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Other Awards for Best Public Market:

Northeast Market, 9/16/2009

Lexington Market, 9/19/2007

Lexington Market, 9/20/2006

The Avenue Market, 9/21/2005

Hollins Market, 9/17/2003

All Awards for Northeast Market:

Best Public Market, 9/16/2009

Best Underappreciated Market, 9/19/2007

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