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Pike Place Recommendations

Hello Foodies,

Planning to check out Pikes Place soon. Can anyone recommend best of or not to be missed places in Pikes Place?

Thanks!

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  1. Pike Place Market has something for every taste. I personally like Chez Shea, Place Pigalle, Maximillian's at the Market, Steelhead Diner and The Athenian Inn. Each is unique.

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    Pike Place Market
    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    Steelhead Diner
    95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

    Chez Shea
    94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

    Place Pigalle Restaurant
    , Seattle, WA 98101

    Athenian Inn
    , Seattle, WA 98101

    1. each wonderful in its own way, check out the crumpet shop, le pichet, il bistro and cafe yamarka.

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      1. re: howard 1st

        I'd forgotten about Il Bistro. It's definitely a must try!

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        Il Bistro
        93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

      2. When I take out-of-towners to Pike Place Market, I always stop by Piroshky Piroshky for a snack (the aromas will draw you in) . For a casual but also really nice lunch, I stop into Matt's in the Market for their amazing lamb burger.

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        Piroshky Piroshky
        1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, Seattle, WA 98121

        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. for walk around food--the fresh do-nuts near the pig and the pork hum baow at the stand near Piroshky Piroshky.

          fish and chips and Jack's Fish Spot; eat at the counter.

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          Piroshky Piroshky
          1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, Seattle, WA 98121

          Jack's Fish Spot
          1514 Pike Pl Ste 2, Seattle, WA 98101

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          1. re: cocktailhour

            If you are looking for hard to find food (grocery) items there are a few very valuable places in/abutting the market complex. I love DeLaurenti (especially around the holidays when the crush is amazing to see) for deli meats, cheeses, olive oils and other Italian speciality items and they also have a large wine section with one of the best cocktail bitters selections I have ever seen. http://www.delaurenti.com/

            Bavarian Meats is also great for deli meats. http://www.bavarianmeats.com/ Below the market on Western I love Spanish Table for a formidable Spanish and Portuguese wine selection as well as more speciality Spanish food items than you will find anywhere else (perhaps on the West Coast). They also have ceramics and cookbooks as well as paella pans. http://www.spanishtable.com/

            Essentially next door the owners have opened Paris Grocery, which is not yet the equal of Spanish Table but shows promise. http://www.parisgroceryseattle.com/Pa...

            Also on Western, just north of Spanish Table on the other side of the street, is World Spice, as beautiful a spice market as I have seen in the U.S. They have many rare spices, spice blends and also a nice tea selection. http://www.worldspice.com/home/home.s...

            A couple other food standouts -- Uli's Sausage (http://www.ulisfamoussausage.com/inde...) and Beecher's Cheese (http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/).

            Pike Place Market art and institutions: Rachel the Pig and the Market Clock; the Totem pole in Steinbrueck park; Pike Place Fish Market (flying fish); original Starbucks location (actually it is not the original but it is the oldest remaining location); Athenian Inn (100 year history made famous in Sleepless in Seattle) and Lowell's (Lowell's has been around for the better part of 100 years in one form or another having started as a roaster and the original Manning's Cafeteria before becoming Lowell's over 50 years ago). http://www.athenianinn.com/about.php; http://www.eatatlowells.com/

            There are so many places to eat I could not even put a dent in the list but I very much enjoy Campagne and Cafe Campagne. both are French, Campagne is more refined Southern France inspired by Pacific NW ingredients and consistently ranks among the top of Seattle fine dining spots. Cafe Campagne is more rustic but always very satisfying to me during afternoons in the market. http://www.campagnerestaurant.com/cam...

            I have been to Matt's in the Market only around the time of their renovation. However, if you haven't heard, original Matt's founder, Matt Janke, has now opened the excellent Lecosho, just a couple blocks away on the Harbor Steps between 1st and Western. http://www.lecosho.com/

            Restauranteur Tom Douglas has opened Seatown recently right next to Etta's, largely a counter space with raw oysters, smoked seafood and caviar with blinis. They do have a short list of appetizers and entrees -- seafood and rotisserie meats. http://tomdouglas.com/index.php/resta...

            After a trip last winter to Reykjavik where I ate at the wonderful Icelandic Fish and Chips (one of my top couple fish and chips experiences ever! http://www.fishandchips.is/eng_menu.htm) I have been thinking I should check out Jack's Fish Spot where what is fresh in the case is what they are making at the counter. http://www.jacksfishspot.com/index.html

            Steelhead Diner gets quite a bit of acclaim. Kevin Davis was formerly Exec Chef at acclaimed Oceanaire. Somehow my wife has gotten there 2-3 times and I have yet to make it in. http://www.steelheaddiner.com/index.html

            Hope that helps
            -K

            PS If you are down on Western behind the market, Zig Zag is a top (if not the top) place to get a cocktail in Seattle. Bartender Murray Stenson has been acclaimed as the top bartender in the US. Whether that is actually provable or not he is definitely outstanding.

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            Pike Place Market
            1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

            Cafe Campagne
            1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

            Spanish Table
            1426 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

            Steelhead Diner
            95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

            Zig Zag Cafe
            1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101

            Jack's Fish Spot
            1514 Pike Pl Ste 2, Seattle, WA 98101

            Campagne
            86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

            Athenian Inn
            , Seattle, WA 98101

            1. re: klsalas

              "I love DeLaurenti (especially around the holidays when the crush is amazing to see) for deli meats, cheeses, olive oils and other Italian speciality items and they also have a large wine section with one of the best cocktail bitters selections I have ever seen. http://www.delaurenti.com/
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              I was going to recommend De Laurenti, too. But I lived there so long ago, I wasn't sure it would still be there. But it is. It was my favorite place to shop in Seattle, except for fish, which was, like, everywhere else at PPM. It's where I bought my first piece of parmigiano-reggiano, and learned how to put together a decent antipasto.

              1. re: klsalas

                Definitely recommend Seatown Snack Bar too. Also, Etta's next door is running a $25 3-course prix-fixe right now. (Both are Tom Douglas spots.)

              2. re: cocktailhour

                We've found Jack's F&C to be inconsistent, though sometimes great. If it was me, I'd go to Jack's for a bit of Cioppino, maybe go a few yards up Post Alley to Pike Place Chowder. It's all good. My fave is seared scallop. Then, I'd go straight across Pike Place, into the main arcade. Right there, find The Market Grill (Not the PP Bar & Grill, facing First avenue), or, just feet across the arcade, Uli's Famous sausages, where they will grill you up anything in the case. I like just mustard, but grilled onions and other extras are available, and the fries are crisp and hot.

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                Market Grill
                1509 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

                Pike Place Chowder
                1530 Post Aly Ste 11, Seattle, WA 98101

              3. Many thanks to all of you for the plethora of helpful info. We went to Cafe Campagne and it was delicious! Rustic comfort food at its best! I will definitely be back to try some of the other recommendations you guys provided!

                Cheers,
                Aileron Girl

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                Cafe Campagne
                1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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                1. re: Aileron Girl

                  Great choice of spots, AG! What did you order? I understand the duck confit is terrific there. I'm not a duck fan, but friends of mine that are rave about Campagne's.

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                  Campagne
                  86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

                  1. re: firecracker

                    Thanks, Firecracker. I'm not a fan of duck, either, but I have had fries cooked in duck fat that were to die for! I ordered the relatively pedestrian but always delicious croque-monsieur, and my husband had a steak tartare tartine. They were both wonderful. Can't recommend the place enough!

                    1. re: Aileron Girl

                      Cafe Campagne is great for breakfast, also. This summer we tried Maximillen @ the Market for brunch, the views are beautiful there and the food, very good. In Post Alley, The Pink Door is really cool, loved the ambiance there and the food was excellent! :)

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                      Cafe Campagne
                      1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

                      Pink Door
                      1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101