Category Archives: SW Waterfront

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Maine Ave Fish Market

If Maine Avenue Fish Market isn’t the most tourist-free attraction in all of DC, it’s got to rank right up there. I doubt most visitors on the Mall know that just a few blocks south, there exists this truly historic market (operating since 1805).  It feels local, rooted and utterly unlike anything else in the city — which is what makes it so great.

 

Seafood lovers rejoice — everything your heart could desire is here, looking sparkling fresh like it’s just been plucked out of the Chesapeake.

I saw customers loading up on shrimp and all kinds of fish.

The star of the show though, is clearly the crabs. Chesapeake Bay blue crabs to be exact. You can buy them live.

Or steamed with Old Bay. The smell alone is enough to make your mouth water. My only regret was that I didn’t have a cooler on hand to take some crabs home with me.

At one point I swear I heard an announcement over one of the PAs: “Crab man, line 2. Crab man.”

There’s plenty of cooked seafood to be eaten, like at Captain White’s near one end of the market.

This is where I picked up a cup of Maryland crab soup — spicy and seasoned with Old Bay.

And a crabcake sandwich.

No tables with chairs, but there is an area where you can stand at wooden counter tops and enjoy your food, while looking out over the water towards Hains Point.

The thwack! of mallets hitting shells was all around, as people dug into their orders of steamed crabs.

I’m sure there were tourists mixed in with the crowd, but most of the people I saw looked like they knew exactly what they were doing; some looked like they’d been coming for years.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the popular tourist destinations around here. They’re part of what make DC, DC.  At the same time, it’s comforting to know a place like Maine Ave Fish Market exists… unsullied by bus tours, geared primarily for the people who live here, hardly apt to appear on a postcard, and cranking away long after the tourists have gone home.

Maine Avenue Fish Market
1100 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC
202-484-2722

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Z-Burger: Reunited with a Lost Love

From the moment my boss announced that she would be treating us to Z-Burger for lunch today, I’ve been wallowing in two emotions: guilt and rabid anticipation. Guilt, because of my general thoughts on meat-eating, and rabid anticipation, because it’s been ages since I’ve had a burger, and my god was I craving one in the worst way.

The object of my affection, a double burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and mushrooms.

Plus heaping orders of fries and onion rings for everyone.

Objectively I can’t even really comment on the quality of the burger.  For all I care it could have been ground beef slapped between two pieces of shoe leather and I probably would have proclaimed it the best thing ever.  All I know is my level of enjoyment for this thing shocked and amazed me. And whatever’s in that “Z-sauce” that comes on the side, it’s working.

My co-workers and I were all standing there eating, and I was desperately trying to conceal my creepy sounds of food ecstasy, but a few slipped out, despite myself.  I’m afraid the scene looked something like this.

Couldn’t help it. You can eat all the lentil burgers, veggie burgers, or soy burgers you want… nothing replaces the taste of the real thing. And because I hadn’t had one in so long, I appreciated it that much more.

Oh, burger, how I’ve missed you. You’ll always have a place in my heart.  It may be a while before we cross paths again, but I promise it’ll be special when we do.

Z-Burger
1101 4th St. SW
Washington, DC
202-599-0400