Wanna try something different in Washington DC than museums and politics? Not far from Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, this open-air DC Fish Market is along Maine Ave by the marina.
People line up to get fresh Maryland crab by bushel and have them cook on the spot. I always plan to eat lunch here. Usually fast items like a dozen or two of steamed Jumbo shrimp smothered in Old Bay seasoning, fresh chucked oyster, ceviche and clam chowder soup ( it feels so good during cold day visit). But you can order sandwiches, or fried stuff if you have time to wait for your order.
Finding a place to sit is another challenge if you want to eat there. There is a covered seating area by the water but only for Captain White's customer. Otherwise, you just put your food on a little bar and standing only. The only warning here is watch out for the seagulls. Other option is to walk further away and find place or steps along broadwalk to sit and eat and enjoy the view of the marina.
The place is not dirty, not spotlessly clean. It's a typical fresh market where you can see the evidence of people doing their works. Fish is getting cleaned. Steam comes out of the cooking pot. This place is alive.