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. . . Browsed the Maine Avenue Fish Market

Sunday, January 11, 2004; Page C02

. . . browsed the Maine Avenue fish market. You can buy fresh butterfish, mackerel, croaker, perch, grouper, snapper, porgies and tilapia. You can try soft-shell crabs or spiced shrimp or the raw bar. It's an old-fashioned open-air market, nothing slick, right on the water with houseboats bobbing nearby.

Children cool off with ice in front of a seafood display at Captain White's. (Dennis Drenner For The Washington Post)

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The Maine Avenue fish market is on Maine Avenue west of Ninth Street SW. It offers more than 10 stores, each with specialties and loyal customers. It's open every day, with the largest selection from Friday evenings through Sundays. Parking is available but tends to be packed on weekends in good weather.

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