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Aileron Girl Nov 17, 2010 11:41 PM

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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    Aileron Girl Nov 18, 2010 05:26 PM

    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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      firecracker Nov 18, 2010 05:54 PM

      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

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        Aileron Girl Nov 18, 2010 07:07 PM

        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!

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          syrahgirl Nov 20, 2010 01:20 PM

          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

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      cocktailhour Nov 18, 2010 11:00 AM

      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
        klsalas Nov 18, 2010 03:38 PM

        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/Paris_Grocery/Welcome.html

        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.shtml

        A couple other food standouts -- Uli's Sausage (http://www.ulisfamoussausage.com/index.asp) 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/camp_home.html

        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/restaurants/seatown

        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
          Jay F Nov 18, 2010 07:34 PM

          "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.

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            CookingWithTruffles Nov 19, 2010 02:31 AM

            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.)

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            mrnelso Nov 18, 2010 10:32 PM

            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

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            dbiehle Nov 18, 2010 10:20 AM

            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

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              howard 1st Nov 18, 2010 10:08 AM

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

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                firecracker Nov 18, 2010 10:21 AM

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

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                Il Bistro
                93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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                firecracker Nov 18, 2010 08:22 AM

                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

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