“The Market Lunch has been in business for over 41 years,” said Tommy Glasgow, who you can still find behind the counter, chatting up customers waiting for their famous blueberry-buckwheat pancakes on Saturdays. “With the support of the community, all of us did very well from the beginning, and each of our businesses has grown throughout the years.”
Purchased from its original owner in 1973, The Market Lunch opened five years later on March 28th. “My dad was in the seafood business, so we went with fish sandwiches and crab cakes,” said Tommy, speaking to the original menu items the cafeteria-style breakfast and lunch spot is still known for today.
In fact, The Market Lunch has been a staple establishment for locals and visitors for over four decades, amassing praise for its fresh, no-frills menu from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine Magazine, and more. One of the things Tommy enjoys most about his job: working alongside his siblings and sister-in-law. Today the family of merchants operates four stalls in Eastern Market, including Union Meat, Southern Maryland Seafood, Fine Sweet Shop, and The Market Lunch.