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What to Eat at District Flea: 5 Must-Try Food Vendors

By Rina Rapuano
April 10, 2014

District Flea opened for its second season last weekend, once again offering DC residents its trademark blend of quirky crafts, vintage finds, modern home decor - and, of course, a wonderful selection of food vendors that could include Dutch-inspired sandwiches from Broodjes and Bier, porky goodness from Los Verracos or outstanding pastries from RareSweets

Those who turned out for the market last fall will be happy to hear of the return of an expanded beer garden featuring both local beers and international brews - plus more seating and the promise of wine and champagne in the near future. The market runs each Saturday from 10 AM-5 PM through the end of October. And while food options may vary from week to week - organizers are even working with people who want to do occasional pop-ups, like EcoFriendly Foods' BBQ or Chaia (formerly Chaya) veggie tacos - there will be a few core stalls that are likely to be there week after week. 

Here are a few places you might expect to find if you turn up hungry at Ninth Street and Florida Avenue NW one sunny Saturday:

  • Pepe Food Truck: José Andrés got into the food-truck business a couple of years ago, quickly becoming a favorite for such sandwiches as the Spanish grilled cheese with Manchego and guava paste and the butifarra "burger."
     

  • Luke's Lobster: This popular lobster-roll shack is about as authentic as it gets this far south of New England, and its simple offerings are every bit as delicious when prepared outside on a blustery April day.

  • Ravioli Revolution: When you're serving ravioli flavors like Hawaiian braised short rib, Maryland crab and corn, truffle-artichoke and herb - and even dessert ravioli like spiced fig and orange, know that we support your revolution 100%. 

  • Cowbell Kitchen: This simple operation keeps it simple, taking seasonal and local produce and putting it on a biscuit. Soups and cakes also make appearances. 

  • Vigilante Coffee: The local roaster's Hogo pop-up recently closed, and the upcoming Maketto shop has yet to open. In the meantime, this is one place where you can get your fix of Chris Vigilante's quality beans. 

  • Photo by: Whisked

    Shopping

    In addition to the prepared foods, the following artisans are among those selling their products: pies from Whisked!; fermented pickles, slaws and kimchi from Number 1 Sons (which we just featured here); European-style charcuterie from Cured DC; pastries from Paisley Fig; Uncle Brutha's Hot Sauce; chocolates by Chocotenango; Dress It Up Dressing; Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel; macarons from DC Patisserie; Pearl Fine Teas; Thunder Beast Root Beer; and District Doughnut

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