Union Market has become a food lovers' mecca and strong reason to trek it to its industrial Northeast neighborhood. With some 40 food stalls to choose from, shoppers can pick up quality ingredients to cook dinner at home — from olive oil at Ah Love Oil & Vinegar to Aleppo pepper at Bazaar Spices or some gouda at Righteous Cheese.
The market's selection of prepared foods is just as diverse, offering with everything from Indian dosas to Belgian waffles to Korean tacos. Diners and drinkers who want to linger can head to the newest watering hole, beer garden Neal Place Tap + Garden, Bidwell (inside the market), or neighboring upscale Italian spot Masseria. Also nearby: stellar Italian hoagies from A. Litteri. And stay tuned for Jose Garces' long-awaited Latin American food hall that broke ground this summer.
Navigating the intense current culinary lineup can be intimidating for first timers. To help out, Eater has assembled a list of 11 destination dishes and drinks at Union Market.
Toli Moli: The dessert drink Falooda, commonly served in Asia and the Middle East, is the specialty here. The treat includes house-made jellos and syrups topped with milk, ice cream, and an array of toppings. The Royal Falooda is filled with pomegranate-ginger jellies, basil seeds, rice noodle pudding, almond milk, and vanilla ice cream, with silvered almonds, pumpkin seeds, and rose water syrup as toppings.
Red Apron: A meat lover just can't go wrong here, but many swear by the Porkstrami sandwich, filled with pastrami-style pork, mustard aioli, and bacon-braised sauerkraut on a sub roll.
Buffalo & Bergen: This stop is for folks wanting an aggressive Bloody Mary to go with their bagel. Buffalo & Bergen's Lox'D and Loaded Bloody Mary is topped with lox and cream cheese sandwiched by an everything bagel. It's almost $20, but it's a drink and meal whipped into one.
Bidwell Restaurant: The Union Market restaurant earns rave reviews for its patty melt burger, topped with caramelized onion, aged cheddar and Thousand Island dressing served on rye.
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