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1622 Eastern Ave. (Broadway) Send to Phone
From a farmers market stall to brick and mortar restaurant, Ekiben serves up sandwiches that are serious contenders for the best in town.


Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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Ekiben, Baltimore, MD

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Ekiben Restaurant Review

: The word “ekiben” loosely translates as a boxed meal sold at railway food stalls in Japan to passengers for their journey. The proprietors of Ekiben on Eastern Avenue are three college buddies who created a steamed bun phenomenon, selling their Asian fusion mashup fare at the local farmers market, and now at their own restaurant. The tiny, white-tiled space has stainless steel counters and a couple of high tops where patrons can sit and indulge in one of the many steamed buns, rice bowls or small plates. The Neighborhood Bird and The Spicy Bird both comprise chicken thighs fried in a Taiwanese curry batter; however, the similarities stop there, as the former is topped with a spicy sambal mayo, pickles and fresh herbs, while the latter is dusted with Ethiopian spices and finished with coleslaw and fresh herbs. Each is available on the unique steamed bun or rice bowl. Vegetarians are dancing in the streets with the Tofu Brah, tofu nuggets with a spicy peanut sauce. Scribbled on tag board are rotating specials, such as the steamed bun with crispy Cantonese-style pepper and salt soft shell crab with lump Maryland crabmeat. Lines can be out the door, but save time and place your order beforehand on the venue’s app. Grab one of the outdoor tables if you are bringing your pooch. Beverages are limited to a water station, bottled water and canned sodas.

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