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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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Colorful Sign is displayed above Captain White's "to-go shop."

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This friendly fish market recommends the tilapia.

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Large crabs can be bought at Pruitt Seafood.

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Littleneck clams are the smallest and most flavorful hard shell clams available. They are salty and slightly chewy and are the clam of choice for most clam recipes.

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Notice how this stand is at this customers feet. That is because this stand is actually a floating barge.

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