At the market

TAKEOUT

September 19, 2007|By ROB KASPER

Baltimore Farmers' Market

Under cover of the Jones Falls Expressway viaduct on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets -- 410- 752-8632

Hours: --8 a.m.-noon from the first Sunday in May through the Sunday before Christmas

Eaters arrive early at the Sunday morning farmers' market in downtown Baltimore. In my 30 years of visiting this market, I have spent most of my time stuffing produce in a bag. But on a recent Sunday I changed course, prowling the market for cooked foods and chowing down on breakfast fare.

Best Bite

Double-egg omelet --At the Humpty Dumpty stand at the south end of the market near Gay Street, I picked ingredients -- roasted peppers, onions, olives, spinach and provolone -- and watched as the savory omelet, $6, was put together in less than 4 minutes. Honest flavors that tasted like a genuine breakfast.

Best Bargain

Bag of Migue's Magnificent Mini Donuts --When your day begins with a $2 bag of doughnuts from the stand neighboring Zeke's Coffee at the north end of the market, still warm from the fryer, and a $1 cup of Zeke's El Salvadoran coffee, the world looks rosy. Coffee and doughnuts delivered in 3 minutes.

Also Tasted

Sausage sandwich --I loved the sausage in this $3.75 sandwich from the Beef Barons stand at the south end of the market; I was less fond of the whole-wheat bread and 11-minute wait in line.

Blueberry, banana and peach crepe --This $5 crepe from Crepes at the Market (at the north end) had bright flavors that would have melded well with the usual dose of cottage cheese, but by 10:30 a.m. the cheese was gone and the wait in line was 7 minutes.

Mild breakfast sausage and biscuit --$2.50 at Ole Pioneer's Kitchen, at the north end of the market. I liked the biscuit, but the sausage was too mild for me. Very fast, 1-minute service.

Bacon-wrapped shrimp --There was quick service at the Thai foods stand at the north end of the market, but it was too early in the day for me to face shrimp (four for $5).

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

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