July 1, 2014

My Favorite Baltimore Restaurant + A Dachshund Find

My girlfriends from high school and I usually try to get together for dinner when Baltimore Restaurant Week is going on. The timing didn't work out for the Winter Restaurant Week so a few months ago we planned on meeting up for dinner & drinks. I was tasked with choosing where we'd go. I'd been reading and hearing a lot about The Food Market so I went online and made a reservation (highly suggested). A few weeks before going to dinner with my friends my husband and I had gone to Woodberry Kitchen for my birthday dinner and yes, the food is as delicious as everyone says it is. But The Food Market though... there's just something about it.

After dinner & drinks with the girls I knew I had to bring my husband here. I couldn't wait to get home to tell him about the best meal I've had in a long time in a Baltimore restaurant. I told him that I liked it better than Woodberry and you should have seen the look on his face. Pure shock and skepticism. I told him that the food would speak for itself. My husband and I went to The Food Market this past weekend and I know he hated to admit it, but he said that "this is hands down the best single dish I've ever had."

Just like their website says, "The Food Market focuses on approachable, serious comfort food, in a smartly designed industrial-modern space." Maybe comfort food is just the food that I prefer? Or maybe it is how effortless the dishes seem to be executed/prepared and are so freaking delicious? I dunno... I really can't put my finger on it.

What we ordered:

Amish pretzels with beer cheese fondue appetizer, not pictured are the buffalo fried pickles with scrambled Gorgonzola and hot sauce.
My husband wanted to stick a straw in the cheese and drink it haha.
I ordered the Roseda steak frites with onion butter, Parmesan truffle fries, and fresh zucchini
I ordered this when I came with my girlfriends and had to get it again it was that good. I usually like my steak well done (don't judge) but this is the only place that I will order it medium.

Not pictured is my husband's scallops with english pea risotto, cherry tomatoes, and according to my him the best sauce ever. I don't like scallops, but I tried a bite and I have to say they were delicious. They were smokey, perfectly seasoned, and cooked just right.

My husband called them "the steak of the sea" lol.

Also not pictured is our dessert which was coconut creme brulee with fresh pineapple and strawberry. You know the sugary crust on top is done right when you need to use your spoon to break through. It tasted like a pina colada and took me back to our honeymoon in Maui.
After dinner, we both decided that we need to do some walking. The last time I walked around the main street in Hampden was many years ago when I was a kid. A few stores past The Food Market was this charming store called Trohv. They have really cool things for the home, it kinda reminded me of Sweet Elizabeth Jane in downtown Ellicott City. Love those type of stores! While browsing, I came across this Dachshund Find that I and the husband knew I needed to have.
It's a 1/1 piece of mixed media Dachshund art. I'll have to check it and update with the artists' name.


  1. Buffalo fried pickles with scrambled Gorgonzola and hot sauce?!? That item alone makes me want to go to The Food Market. I haven't eaten often in Hampden, but my favorite casual eatery is Luigi's Deli -- try the Scooch! http://luigisdeli.net/2012/07/the-scooch-wins-baltimores-best-sandwich-2012/

  2. @Carina, that sandwich sounds right up my alley! We actually passed Luigi's while we were walking around and it smelled so good!

  3. Hampden has so many great places. I always go to Spro coffee when im in the area. The Food Market is delicious also.

  4. @Elizabeth, I've heard some friends talk about Artifact coffee in that area. I haven't been, have you?

  5. Hi Katie. I've been there a few times. I used to do pottery at the Potters Guild at Meadow Mill just down the street. You should try the 'Basil Mint Creamy,' it's a good iced coffee drink. It feels like Woodberry Kitchen (it's owned by the same people) and they even serve the Basil Mint Creamy at WK. You should definitely check it out!