The Food Market (1017 W. 36th Street)

Baltimore is home to many different restaurants, both expensive places and more moderate restaurants. Throughout my journey thus far on GoodEats, I have focused on lesser-known and reasonably-priced restaurants in the area. I decided to switch it up and do a special review this time for GoodEats. My next recommendation is the delectable and a highlight of Hamden: The Food Market.

Located off of West 36th street in Baltimore City, this is a restaurant for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just trying to treat yourself, The Food Market has it all.

As you drive down the Avenue in Hamden, you are struck with the smartly designed industrial modern space comprising the restaurant. The simplicity of a black restaurant front and the vibrant white sign is hard to miss. Don’t worry about parking here, The Food Market offers complimentary valet parking.

The open, modernly furnished restaurant was bustles with the noises of the dinner rush. As you browse the menu, I suggest something under the “Little” menu. The Amish soft pretzel is delightful, pairing light and fluffy pretzels with an almost sinful beer-cheese fondue. The cheese sauce was heavenly and I was almost tempted to scrape every crevice of the container to ensure I didn’t miss any of the cheesy goodness. Another option was the buffalo pickles. They are something out of a fantasy. Imagine crunchy pickles deep fried, and then topped with Gorgonzola cheese and hot sauce. Delicious!

I also highly recommend taking a look at some of the handcrafted cocktails – only if you’re of legal age of course! I had to get the Pimlico Playboy (it tasted as good as it sounds).

Now to the main course and the true judgment of a nice restaurant. The menu had so many tantalizing entrees. I didn’t know what to choose. Upon a recommendation from my server, I ended up getting the steak frites. It was amazing and cooked to perfection. They are served along side truffle Parmesan fries and grilled asparagus. I’m going to have to say those were the best fries I have ever had, hands down! Whatever you decide on, I promise you it will be delicious and beautifully prepared.

Head Chef Chad Gauss is a mastermind in the kitchen. Just a few years ago, in 2010, Baltimore Magazine crowned Chef Gauss “Best New Chef.” His quirky and innovative style is clearly evident in the food served.

If by this point in your meal you still have a little room left in your stomachs, do not hesitate to try one of their homemade desserts. Each dessert is just as enjoyable and indulgent as the next.

I hope you enjoy this special recommendation and go out and enjoy The Food Market.

Until next time. I wish you GoodEats!

Warm soft pretzels served with a cheese fondue sauce

Warm soft pretzels served with a cheese fondue sauce

Homemade heath bar bread pudding

Homemade heath bar bread pudding

Fried buffalo pickles

Fried buffalo pickles

Edited by Jared Kurlander.

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