Market Fresh

Venice’s newest dining destination serves up savory seasonal fare topped with an abundance of local flavor.

Written by Danielle Accovelli | Photos Courtesy of Daniel Johnson

T ake a bite out of Venice’s vibrant culinary scene with a trip to Dudley Market—an artisanal restaurant and retail space located just steps away from the boardwalk. Conceived by gastronomic virtuoso and master chef Jesse Barber, Dudley Market creates a one-of-a-kind dining experience with always-fresh, ingredient-driven seasonal fare that reflects the market’s thriving relationship with local farmers and food purveyors. Delectable daytime favorites include the Caponata Hash with potatoes, poached eggs, bread, chili and crème fraiche, and the Croque Madame with sunny egg, Gruyere, ham and Dijon. As evening approaches, the restaurant transforms into a slightly more intimate and sophisticated place, with menu selections such as Gnocchi Frito with Apricot Lane house-cured pancetta and Chicken with mushrooms, salsify and honey mustard glaze, reflecting the change.

Taking cues from the artsy and eclectic spirit of Venice Beach, Dudley Market is housed in a historic building dating back to the 1900s, finished with exposed brick walls, stained concrete floors and vintage, reclaimed lights for a modern yet rustic feel. “The goal of Dudley Market,” Barber explains, “is to create a haven for everyday luxury set in an approachable environment.” A concept clearly reflected in the restaurant’s wide array of house-made grab-and-go items as well as its cozy retail nook offering a thoughtfully curated selection of stuff from local artisans such as Portland Bee Balm, PF Candle Co., Fog Linen Works and Vitrified Ceramics.

Whether stopping in to grab something to-go, settling in for a longer meal, or snagging some market merch, Dudley Market is sure to satisfy all your cravings for locally sourced, artisanal fare.

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