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March 25, 2010

Overheard at Lexington Market: We're not in Kansas anymore

Lexington MarketRemember that nice family from Kansas looking for a casual seafood place where they could eat during their spring-break visit to Baltimore?

Well, they took the advice of some Dining@Large posters and went to -- drumroll, please -- Lexington Market.

I know what you're thinking: unsuspecting Kansas tourists cross paths with illegal gun dealers at the Utz Potato Chip stall. Film at 11.

But really, it ends well.

Cindy Hoedel, a writer for the Kansas City Star Magazine, reports:

My family and I spent an extremely enjoyable couple of hours at Lexington Market Saturday.


•    Great brats and hot dogs at several vendors for crazy low prices

•    A cringe-worthy tourist moment when I saw a sign for “Coney Island Dogs / Fresh horseradish / Fresh grated coconut” and, thinking I’d stumbled onto a local specialty, asked for a dog with horseradish and coconut on top. Turns out, the stand sells all three things but not together

•    Live blues music

•    Fabulous looking fresh fish. If we had been flying back that day, I would have taken a fresh grouper home with me on ice

•    Beautiful smoked ham hocks

•    Faidley’s softball-sized lump crab cakes for, a bargain at $13 since one was enough for two people to share

•    Very friendly locals, including Faidley’s owners Bill and Nancy Devine. Bill is originally from Kansas, where we live, was an officer in the Navy like my dad and used to put on crab festivals in Germany where my husband is from, so it felt like old-home week.

So thanks to you and all your blog posters for the great tips, and we hope to return to your city soon to check out more seafood joints.


Cindy Hoedel (Cindy in Kansas City)


Hoedel family photo

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:25 AM | | Comments (9)


Hey, Cindy, thanks for reporting back! Glad you had a good time (and now I know not to order the Coney island dog with horseradish and coconut!)

So glad to hear you had a splendid time at Lexington Market.

Very cool. It's always nice to hear out-of-towners giving Baltimore a nice review.

I've been meaning to return to Lexington Market - haven't been there since I lived in the downtown area.

so happy to hear that they went somewhere authentic and historic and not to a tourist trap! kudos to the Devines for putting the Baltimore Charm on full display.

I'm so glad they went with Lexington Market! When I suggested Faidley's, I was afraid I'd be shot down by the timid people out there afraid of the Funky.

Glad you had a great time. We always take out-of-towners to Lexington Market.

Whenever I travel, I try to go to a city's market. It really is a great way to experience the culture of a place.

Alright, now I _have_ to have a dog with horseradish and coconut. Stet!

Stet? No, stat.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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