My 4 must eat places at Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Even though Pikes Place Market is surrounded by tourists, you can still find some great food

Even though the market is surrounded by tourists, you can still find some great food

When you travel to a new city and want to find some great local food, usually you know to skip the tourist trap spots that love to jack up prices for mediocre food. This is mostly true except for the case of Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Yes it is touristy, and you should avoid a few shops, but you can still find great food at decent prices if you know where to look.

You can find it all at Pike Place Market. Restaurants, stores, food stands, and small stalls serve and sell everything from fresh fish and seafood, fruit, vegetables, exotic spices, flowers, clam chowder, fish and chips, and some of the best smoked salmon in Seattle.

Here is a list of some of my favorite places to eat in the market.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

"World's Best" Mac & Cheese can be found at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

“World’s Best” Mac & Cheese can be found at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a cheese lovers paradise. Other than cheese, they make some tasty sandwiches, soups, and the “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese using their delicious artisan house made cheeses.

I went with the popular “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese. This simple but tasty mac & cheese combined perfectly cooked penne pasta with Beecher’s award winning Flagship cheese. Beecher’s definitely did not skimp out on adding cheese as the al dente noodles were drenched in a thick and powerful cheese mixture, maybe a little too much for some. It also had a slightly grainy texture.

With that said, the surprisingly simple “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese might not be the world’s best but it’s worth a try if you are passing by the shop.

Address
1600 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
206-956-1964

Hours
Daily: 9:00am-7:00pm

Pike Place Chowder

Chef picked Market Chowder at Pike Place Chowder

Chef picked Market Chowder

As the name implies, Pike Place Chowder off Pike Place Market Post Alley serves up a good selection of bowls of chowder and bisque. They also have a small selection of sandwiches and salads.

I went with the chef picked Market Chowder which changes often. On this visit, the Market Chowder was made using crab, oysters, chorizo, and vegetables. The chowder was served with a side of bread.

The chowder served here may not be the best I have ever had but the consistency was great. Not too thick, not too thin, and just the right amount of seasoning and cream. The pieces of crab, oysters, and chorizo were quite small though. I wouldn’t mind if they were a little bigger, but for the price, I’m not complaining.

Pike Place Chowder also offered a large variety of other chowders including classic New England, Smoked Salmon, Manhattan, Southwestern Chicken & Corn, Seared Scallop, and Vegan.

Address
1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
206-267-2537

Hours
Daily: 11:00am-5:00pm

Piroshky Piroshky

This oddly shaped treat is the Smoked Salmon Pate Piroshky at Piroshky Piroshky in Seattle

This oddly shaped treat is the Smoked Salmon Pate Piroshky

Piroshky? What the heck is a piroshky? Turns out a piroshky, or pirozhki, is a baked or fried bun stuffed with any type of filling your heart desires.

Not knowing exactly what to order, I went with the best selling Smoked Salmon Pate piroshky. This was not a big surprise for me as I am a lover of anything with smoked salmon.

The Smoked Salmon Pate piroshky was a spin on a traditional piroshky. The filling inside was a mixture of smoked salmon and cream cheese with a dash of dill and onion.

Warm and flaky, this savory piroshky is great for any salmon lover and is wonderful on a cool day. The blend of smoked salmon and cream cheese had an interesting texture. Not necessarily as smooth as cream cheese, but far from the velvety and delicate texture of smoked salmon. If you hate fish, know that you have plenty of other non seafood options that are just as delicious.

Often the line at Piroshky Piroshky is long, but rest assured it moves quickly.

Address
1908 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-6068

Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00am-6:30pm

The Crumpet Shop

Wild smoked salmon blended with cream cheese crumpet topped with cucumber slices at The Crumpet Shop in Seattle

Wild smoked salmon blended with cream cheese crumpet topped with cucumber slices

Just like the piroshky, I really didn’t know much about crumpets expect for the saying tea and crumpets. Turns out a crumpet is simply a circular griddle cake made using just flour and yeast. Think of it as a cross between a biscuit and an English muffin.

On this trip I continued the smoked salmon theme and ordered the Wild Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Blend Crumpet topped with sliced cucumbers. The smoked salmon and cream cheese blend was very smooth and intensely bright pink. The bottom on the crumpet was crispy while the inside was spongy like a cake. Very unique. The slices of cucumbers on top added a much needed crunchy texture and saltiness.

The Crumpet Shop serves up a wide variety of both sweet and savory crumpets that won’t set you back more than a few bucks and will leave you full. Definitely a great stop for a quick breakfast.

Address
1503 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206-682-1598

Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:00am-4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7:30am-4:00pm

Conclusion

Pike Place Market in Seattle is an amazing experience even when you are surrounded by so many other tourists. Even if you are not a fan of the foods listed above, just walk around the market, and stop at whatever place looks interesting to you. If you love food and markets as much as I do, then rest assured that you will not be disappointed.

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