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Maine Avenue Fish Market

The Maine Avenue Fish Market of Washington, D.C., also known as The Wharf, is one of the few surviving open air seafood markets on the east coast. The Wharf has been a favorite spot for seafood lovers since the days of George Washington. Located on the Southwest waterfront under the shadow of Interstate 395, it stands as a cultural relic popular with locals but unknown to many of the tourists who flock to the monuments and museums just five blocks north.
The smell of raw seafood along with the theatre of various vendors shouting to the top of their lungs trying to lure customers to their stands selling everything from fresh fruits to steamed crabs. The prices flux with the market of fish. The constant bustling of tourists, office workers, and locals make the market an interesting place to people watch. If you haven’t been to the Maine Avenue Wharf it is definitely an experience like no other.

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Aerial view of open-air family owned floating barges which are cooperatively known as the Washington DC Fish Market located in Southwest DC. *

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A line forms at Captain White’s “to-go shop,” waiting to get some darn tasty seafood platters.

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"Live crabs!" The most famous and sought-after item at the Fish Market is the "Chesapeake Bay blue crab." *

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Our staff bought a bushel of crabs for dinner. They were sweet and had a lot of meat.

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Maryland Blue Crabs symbolize the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest estuary. Ask for heavy crabs. The blue tipped claws identify this batch of crabs as all male, known as a "Jimmy" to watermen. *

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You can't help taking in the smell of fresh steamed crabs. *

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There is nothing like the taste of genuine Maryland blue crab meat. You will be hooked on this Chesapeake delicacy after a few bites.

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Come ready to bargain because like many markets, the prices are up for negotiation.

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Giant shrimp just the right size for skewering.

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Oyster shucker. Order up a paper plate of fresh oysters, with a dash of Tabasco and let 'em slide down raw.

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Fresh Maine Lobster on a bed of ice.

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Sellers display fish attractively to lure customers.

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The fresh catch changes daily.

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You will be quite amazed at the freshness and prices of the seafood.

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Captain White's Seafood City has a large variety of seafood daily.

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