I have unapologetically been a slacker with my blog. I had the great luck and opportunity this past year to both start a new job and move into a new place. It’s been both fabulous and fast paced and sadly my blogging has been lacking! It’s time to get back on track and what better way to do so than by featuring The Food Market in Hampden?!
I recently went over Easter weekend during their Brunch. It was shared with me that brunch is the opportune time to go to Food Market as their dinner hours tend to house poor acoustics and become uncomfortably loud. Brunch is a bit scaled back with sound but still packs their amazing punch with every item on the menu!
With their paneled walls and shared booths with other diners, it’s both cozy and charming. Within moments of seating, we were warmly greeted and poured water. The customer service and warmth of the wait staff channels the Charm City quirk that is Hampden.
Behold: their house infused jalapeno vodka bloody mary. Clears the sinuses and is completely addicting. Behind is their fresh squeezed mimosa daintily rimmed with crystal sugar. The colors are so vibrant and match their both strong and sweet flavors, respectively.
Warm donut holes are brought to the table that are sweet and savory. The light crunch of the breading melted in your mouth as the sweet doughy center was a great way to kick off Sunday brunch.
We ordered their Warm Lobster Roll. With poached claws and knuckles, aerated mayo, baby celery all on a warm griddled bun, it is heavenly. The perfect amount of sweet and tang of mayo with the delicate lobster, it is actually the the bun that makes this roll!
To add to the savory platter, a tiny bag of house made fries accompany. The fries that are cooked to perfection make for a perfect salty compliment to the sweet lobster. This roll is one I would highly advise for first time goers as it embodies all there is to love about the restaurant.
I opted for their Morning Cobb Salad. To put it bluntly, I am a sucker for a killer salad. Mexican, taco, Greek, Chopped, Wedge, and especially Cobb. However, this was no regular cobb. Complete with bacon, eggs, potatoes, roasted pepper, ranch and grated
cheese it is hearty. Healthy while being a little indulgent, the salad is genius. Cleaning my plate was simple as the egg paired with the ranch and bacon was everything one would want on a Sunday morning. The freshness of all the ingredients is something Food Market specializes in.
A traditional Sunday staple, pancakes, is also on the menu. Buttermilk pancakes served with a proprietary cranberry jam blend, butter, and bacon, are decadent and a wonderful way to start the morning.
You had me at individual jar of maple syrup.
Bacon! Crispy with a hint of sweet and salty, the bacon made for a wonderful side to the pancakes.
The Food Market offers a brunch that offers what most places are lacking on Sunday morning: lunch-y items! From grilled chicken sandwiches with candied bacon, pork belly, and a crab cake sandwich to french toast, crab benedict, and ground turkey sausage tacos, there are many options to tickle your fancy. The wonderful service, the home made and hearty menu options, and the fun and fancy Hampden make for a great place to swing by on a Sunday for a happening brunch or venture to on a week night for dinner. I hear the cocktails (check out their Stumbling Palmer) are as delightful as the cuisine!