See who of your favorites—and which fresh faces—will be part of Lexington Market’s next chapter in its new home. From over 300 applications, these are the ones our community reviewers and market experts said were the best of the best. We’re adding confirmed vendors weekly, so check back (or sign up for our email list to get updates straight to your inbox)!
Owner/Chef: Steve Cho
Owned and operated by Lexington Market mainstay Steve Cho, Sausage Master serves up sausages, hot dogs, fries – along with classic Baltimore snowballs. Sausage Master was bought by Cho’s parents in 1986, and he grew up in and around the Market, cementing the business as one of Lexington’s go-to lunch and dinner vendors.
Owners/Chefs: Khari & Shawn Parker
Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, founded at the Market by brothers Khari and Shawn Parker in 2016, will bring their modern twist on Baltimore’s classic chicken box to the new market – alongside waffles topped with everything from strawberries to Crunch Berries.
Owner/Chef: Feilan Chen
Blue Island Malaysian specializes in affordable and delicious Malaysian classics, made from family recipes and memories. A Market staple since 2000, owner Feilan Chen is a first-generation immigrant who has built her Lexington Market legacy from scratch and will bring her saucy buffet-style dishes to the new market building.
Owner/Chef: Arra Cho
A fixture at Lexington Market since 1992 and now operated by Arra Cho, Krause’s Lite Fare serves up dishes centering on fresh roasted turkeys, like their iconic Thanksgiving sandwich (turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce) or the Turkey platter (sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing), as well as homemade soups. At their new Market stall, they will add roast beef and ham to the menu.
Owner/Chef: Jeff Brown
A food truck business founded in 2015 by Jeff Brown, the Black-owned Jbee’s Jamaican Me Crazy will open their first permanent location in Lexington Market and serve a menu anchored by jerk chicken, fish, and fries and curry chicken, alongside of new classics like Jbees famous jerk fish and shrimp po’boy sandwich. Jbee’s specializes in fast casual-style service with traditional and non-traditional Jamaican flavors.
Owner/Chef: Young Hwang
A Lexington Market staple since 1985 and owned by the Hwang family since 2004, Super Fried Chicken will bring their classic fried chicken in flavors like honey bbq and Old Bay seasoning, served with crispy fries and fresh iced tea, to the new Market building.
Owner/Chef: Jane Lim
A Market staple since 1987, Ronny’s Combo is an all-day breakfast spot with an always-on griddle and made-to-order options. Co-owned and operated by Jane Lim, the family business will bring their breakfast dishes, cheesesteaks, and sausages to the new Market.
Owner/Chef: Gerdyn Mojica
A business started during the pandemic by first generation Dominican immigrant Gerdyn Mojica, Tio G’s Empanadas makes classic empanadas filled with meat and vegetables fresh to order, alongside of new staples like a pizza empanada and a Maryland seafood and Old Bay option. Their location in the new Lexington Market will be their first brick and mortar space.
Owners/Chefs: Jesus & Gabby Romero
In their second brick and mortar location, Charro Negro will bring their authentic Mexico City-style cuisine like tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and nachos to Lexington Market. Owned by husband and wife Jesus and Gabby Romero, the 13-year-old business employs their family recipes and will offer them in a simplified, easy to carry out format at Lexington
Owners/Chefs: Khadijat Abiola & Basith Salami
Owned by mother and son duo Khadijat Abiola and Basith Salami, Platinum Amala will add a location at the new Lexington Market featuring their authentic West African cuisine like jollof rice, fufu, suyas, and stews, and other Nigerian, Ghananian, and Ivory Coast staples, among others. This will be their third location, in addition to their original West Baltimore restaurant on Edmondson Ave. and their recent Randallstown food truck location on Liberty Rd. Originally founded in 1908, Trinacria will also remain open at their 406 N Paca St. location.
Owner/Chef: Therone Johnson
Buns N’ Sons will be serving up the kinds of smash burgers dreams are made of – whether it’s a beef patty, a plant-based veggie burger or turkey burgers, customers can build their own or choose one from the menu, including the CALI burger, Hangover Burger, Chef Ton’s Turkey Burger, Jack Daniel’s Burger and the Black & Bleu Burger.
For those who want to share and sample – try the mini box of four Smash Burger Sliders. The menu also features salads, fries, plus milkshakes and fountain sodas to wash it all down.
Owners/Chefs: Charles Miller and Kristian Knight-Miller
Baltimore favorite Sunny Side Cafe will serve family-inspired recipes with a belly-busting brunch style menu with dishes that are unique, fun, and tasteful, including breakfast classics with a twist like snickerdoodle pancakes, Cap’n Crunch Berry French Toast, seafood stuffed omelets, Crispy Fried Chicken with Hot Honey and Egg sandwiches, Grits, Breakfast Meats and Chef’s Made Biscuits plus lunch dishes like theChesapeake Cheese Steak Sub, crabby fries, and shrimp and chips.
Owner: Vince Fava
Beloved Italian market and restaurant Trinacria will open a second location at the new Lexington Market, offering fresh made sandwiches, prepared foods, and by-the-slice New York style pizza, alongside of staple Italian grocery goods like olive oils, sauces, and frozen and fresh pastas and raviolis. They will also serve gelato, beer, and wine. Originally founded in 1908, Trinacria will also remain open at their 406 N Paca St. location.
Owner/Chef: Sharlot Owens
Elbows brings classic mac and cheese dishes to the new Lexington Market. Elbows will satisfy all palates with a range of toppings and creative concoctions like shrimp, roast beef, vegetables, and
more —including waffle mac and cheese with chicken tenders. Lexington Market will be Elbows’ first and only location.
Owner/Chef: Heather Smith
Beloved pop-up vendor and caterer Blacksmiths will have their first brick and mortar location at the new Lexington Market. Chef and owner Heather Smith will have everything from quick omelets and breakfast sandwiches for weekday commuters to slow cooked braised meats, greens, and grits, fresh baked brioche french toast, and classic brunch cocktails and a non-alcoholic cocktail menu for leisurely weekend brunches.
Owner/Chef: Narayan Thapa
With 30 years under his belt operating on North Charles Street, Owner Narayan Thapa is opening a second location bringing homemade food from the Himalayas to Lexington Market. Lumbini is a Nepalese Fusion concept that will offer the region’s flavorful staples including Masalas, Samosas, Naan, Lumbini, Paneer, and of course, the traditional Indian yogurt drink, the Mango Lassi.
Owner/Chef: Dominique Allen
BMore Vegan Joint, from chef/owner Dominique Allen of nearby Vegan Juiceology, will bring a robust, made-to-order vegan menu that pays homage to Baltimore through curated menu offerings relatable to the city’s culture. From burgers and fries, to chick’n sandwiches and wings, to cheesesteaks and milkshakes, the menu is sure to make your mouth water.
Owners: Brandon & Ashley Wylie
Fleurs D’Ave, founded in 2018, currently has a location at 1200 North Ave. in Baltimore, and will add a second location at Lexington Market when the new market building opens in 2022. Founded by Brandon and Ashley Wylie, they specialize in hand-crafted floral arrangements for occasions of all types. At their Lexington Market stall, they will carry grab-and-go bouquets for celebrations and everyday occasions, and custom arrangements.
Owner/Chef: Travis Bell
Black Acres Roastery, founded in 2018 by Travis Bell, will open their first off-site retail location in Lexington Market’s new building, marking the continued expansion of their coffee business. Black Acres currently operates out of their Highlandtown roastery, where they also plan to add a retail and coffee shop in 2021. Their Lexington Market location will offer their artisan coffees, local pastries, and cold brew coffee on tap
Owner/Chef: Robin Holmes
Founded in 2016 by Robin Holmes, Deddle’s Donuts currently operates as a food truck, popping up all over the DMV at parties, breweries, and festivals with their recognizable pink truck. At their Lexington Market location, they will serve made-to-order, hot donuts topped in front of customers with everything from powdered sugar to cinnamon roll glaze to bacon or pulled pork. They will also offer fresh squeezed lemonade and brewed coffee.
Owner/Chef: Angela Chester-Johnson
Founded in 2011 by Angela Chester-Johnson, Plum Good specializes in ethically sourced spices and spice blends, dried and loose teas, delicious sauces and rubs, as well as spiced popcorn. The business has been a feature at D.C.’s Capitol Harvest on the Plaza (CHoP) market for over five years, and the Lexington Market location will be their first permanent location.
Owner: Alex Kofman
Since the 1930s, Lexington Market has had a classic shoe repair stand doing all manner of repair, dying, and care. Now operated by fourth generation cobbler Alex Kofman, Kofman’s Shoe Repair will bring their hands-on approach and individualized customer care to the new Market
Owner: Minas Mastrominas
Famous for their fresh-made Berger cookies, Market Bakery has been a Market staple since 1972 – owned by Greek immigrants Minus and Fannie Houvardas. When they join the new Lexington Market, the business will pass down to son-in-law Minas Mastrominas, serving old favorites and their beloved birthday cakes, alongside of new items like bread pudding and elephant ears.
Chefs/Owners: Steve and Daniel Hyon
Garden Produce has been serving nutritious foods in Baltimore since 2014. A family-owned and operated produce and smoothie shop that currently operates inside the existing Lexington Market, Garden Produce’s father/son owners Steve and Daniel Hyon will carry their mission forward and continue to meet the nutrition needs of the community by selling fresh produce and made-to-order fruit and veggie smoothies chocked full of healthy foods like organic coconut water, almond milk, kale, baby spinach, celery, carrots, beets, strawberries, mango, papaya, and so much more.
Owner/Chef: Tiffany Churchill
The Black-owned Dancing Potato has been in Lexington Market since 2013 – and now has a location at Hollins Market – with their innovative baked potato-centric concept that feature favorites like the Baltimore Potato with lump crab meat, mozzarella, secret sauce, and Old Bay or the Jamaica Potato topped with jerk chicken, corn, and tamarind sauce.
Owner/Chef: Keiller Kyle
In their second brick and mortar location, Ovenbird Bakery will branch out from their Little Italy storefront, opened in June 2020 in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, to bring scratch made sourdoughs, croissants, bagels, and other pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches, to Lexington Market. Owner Keiller Kyle had been baking delicious sourdough breads for his Patterson Park neighbors for years before opening in Little Italy.
The iconic Baltimore ice cream makers will bring favorites like Honey Graham, Mintflix & Chillz, and Key Lime Pie to their fourth Taharka Brothers Ice Cream location when they open in the new Lexington Market. Founded in 2009 and with a recent conversion to being fully employee-owned in 2021, Taharka Brothers makes all their ice cream locally and will scoop bowls, cones, and sell pints at the Market.
Owners: Matt Williams, Pat Illes, Samantha Illes
Remington favorite Mount Royal Soaps will bring their handcrafted soaps, scrubs, lotions, and candles to the new Lexington Market, adding another location featuring their locally-made goods. Co-founded in 2014 by friends Matthew Williams, Samantha Illes, and Pat Illes, their Lexington Market stall will allow customers to test all of their products before taking them home.
Owner: Ana Alvarado
Current Market merchant Royal Deli offers deli classics like cold cut sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, and all manner of grab-and-go items. Owner Ana Alvarado has led the business for 21 years and will bring her fresh classics to the new Market, serving customers she’s gotten to know over the past two decades.
Owners: James and David Park
Family-owned Kokee Tea will add a Lexington Market location serving up classic Taiwanese bubble teas – with mouth-watering fruit, milk, and ice blended versions, all featuring the signature tapioca balls – or “boba” – as last sip treats. Owned by father and son James and David Park, their Lexington location will also feature Korean noodles, macarons, and candies. Kokee has a current location at Annapolis Mall.
Owner/Chef: Tselane-Danielle Holloway
Local chef and entrepreneur Tselane-Danielle Holloway will open Tossed Together, a health-focused, but omnivore friendly salad, sandwich, and soup concept at the new Lexington Market. In her first location, she will feature a fast casual-style menu including build-your-own salads with a choice of protein, homemade soups and panini sandwiches, plus healthy sweet treats like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake bites.
Owners: Mohamed and Sabeena Alli
Current Lexington Market vendor Total Health Center, owned by husband and wife team Mohamed and Sabeena Alli, have been market mainstays since 1990 and will offer their wellness-focused mix of products like tonics, teas, herbal supplements, and vitamins in their new stall.
Owner/Chef: Bun An
A Lexington Market mainstay for over 20 years, Brookdale Farms Poultry will join the new market building with their fresh cuts of poultry, rabbit, and turkey. A family business owned by Bun An, Brookdale will be one of the primary meat purveyors in the new market.
Owner/Chef: Arra Cho
Since 1988, Cho’s Sea Garden has offered fresh and seasonal fish, from rockfish to flounder to catfish and grouper, available whole, as well as prepped for whatever method you plan to use to cook them at home. Passed down to owner Arra Cho from her Korean immigrant parents, Cho’s will add a wide variety of prepared fish options – like steamed shrimp hot or cold and salmon stuffed with crab meat and dill ready to bake.