I visited Seattle recently for the first time and walked around Pike Place Market. What a cool place! We don’t really have anything like it here in the SF Bay Area. Maybe the Ferry Building, but that feels much smaller. And there’s no gum wall. That might be a good thing though. Ate a few things around the market:
Very popular piroshky shop, next to the original Starbucks. There was a long line when I went, and there was a section of the street cordoned off for the line. It moved quickly though - it’s just a small counter and the piroshky are already made. I got a beef and cheese piroshky, which was really good. Flaky buttery crust and nice juicy beef and cheese filling. Quite substantial, would have been enough for a light meal.
Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt with various toppings. I got a walk-around sized yogurt with marionberry. This may be the best yogurt I’ve ever had. Kind of tasted like a liquified airy tangy cheesecake with swirls of marionberry sauce.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Cool cheese shop with a window where you can watch them making cheese. Ate a cup of mac and cheese from here. It was good - the cheese was nice and sharp, but maybe not worth waiting in a long line for.
Pike Place Chowder
Another place with a long line, although it moved quickly as they are mostly ladling soup into bowls. Got the New England clam chowder, which was very good. Creamy and with sweet clams.
Matt’s in the Market
Had a late dinner at Matt’s in the Market. Started with the oysters, which were pristine. Kumamoto, shigoku, and another variety I forget the name of. I think the best oysters I’ve had have been from restaurants in Seattle. Maybe the water is better up north. Also had a scallop entree, which had seared scallops with bacon, potatoes, a truffle mustard sauce, and brussels sprouts. This was also really good. Huge seared scallops. The truffle mustard sauce really went well with them, wished there was more of it.
Stopped in for a late night glass of wine and some charcuterie. Got the half sized charcuterie plate, which had rillettes (great, the best of the three), saucisson lyonnaise (with pistachios), and boudin noir. All very good. Came with bread and butter and cornichons. Good deal at $8.50.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Had a Moscow mule from here, which are pretty generous in size and served in pint glasses. The ginger beer part of it had a ton of spicy ginger flavor.