Be prepared, I’m going to make a few bold, and risky statements in this post.
Similar to the Pittsburgh Public Market, CBus’s North Market is a mecca of friendly, independent farmers and merchants eagerly awaiting to not only sell you goods, but talk to you about what they have going on (and offer up some samples too!). There’s fresh produce, meat, poultry, fish, cheese, pasta, beer, wine, pretzels, waffles, and much, much more!
Some of the merchants you will find housed in the North Market are:
- Taste of Belgium, serving up sweet dense waffles (that were probably, by far, the best waffles I have ever had. Period).
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
- North Market Spices, which simply started out as an idea over lunch at the North Market by Owner Ben Walters. Now he and his spicy employees are slinging paprika, cinnamon, and chipotle apply pie spice, and much more to customers who are looking to add a little flavor to their dishes. They are super friendly and are eager to share with you recipes on how to use their spices.
- Hubert’s Polish Kitchen. Now, we from Pittsburgh are familiar with a great-tasting pierogi, and I have to tell you the pierogi at Hubert’s is OUTSTANDING, and I have to say could quite possibly be a tad bit better than the pierogi in Pittsburgh. There, I said it! I’m going to have to do a PGH-CBus Pierogi taste test to actually verify that statement sometime soon. But trust, they were amazing. During our visit, Hubert was serving up pierogi stuffed with potato, cream cheese, and caramelized onions. HEAVENLY. I’m still thinking about these doughs of goodness. I wish they shipped. Sigh.
These are just some of our favorite spots in the North Market. Found out more about the 35 vendors at: http://www.northmarket.com/