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