Market bites

TAKEOUT

November 30, 2005|By SAM SESSA | SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER

With its seemingly endless maze of vendors and swarm of shoppers, Lexington Market can be daunting to first-time customers. Here are some lunch options under $5 for those braving the bustle.

Park's Fried Chicken

400 W. Lexington St. -- 410-752-1434

Hours --8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Two deep-fried thighs and a mound of potato wedges come to an eyebrow-raising $3. Chomp down past the chicken's thin and crispy outer shell and you hit tender, juicy dark meat. If you want some zing, ask for a squeeze of hot sauce on top.

Omlet Side Show

400 W. Lexington St. -- no phone number

Hours --8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Served all day, the $3 ham breakfast puts most diners to shame with its sheer size. The breakfast includes four squares of singed ham, melted American cheese folded into two scrambled eggs, two pieces of jellied toast and several scoops of half-mashed, half-clumpy potatoes.

Because everything's cooked on one small grill, you might find bits of past orders among your own. Don't worry - it still tastes fine.

Italian Stallion Pizzeria

400 W. Lexington St. -- 410-539-6039

Hours --8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Italian Stallion sprinkles mozzarella cheese shavings on top of a slice of pepperoni pizza, $1.80. While it could have used another couple of minutes in the oven to harden the crust, the rest of the pie did not disappoint. The pepperonis weren't bathing in oil, and extra cheese is always a plus.

Andy's Best

400 W. Lexington St. -- no phone number

Hours --8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday

The best thing about a cheese steak, $4.50, is the side of fries. In no time, globs of grease seeped through the thick roll and turned the whole steak into a sopfest. The meat, clumpy and tough, was no consolation. At least the fries were firm and not too salty.

Know of a good carryout place? Let us hear about it. Write to sam.sessa@baltsun.com.

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