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Oct 28, 2012 08:06 PM

Pike Market - Best / Must Eat places?

I want to eat as much good seafood as I can while I am in Seattle. Looking for good / must eat places to go. Any reasonably places at Pikes Market that I should check out? Lunch and dinner options. I love all seafood and especially crab.

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  1. You might like the Market Grill for their great salmon sandwiches at lunch. If you go in the main entrance at the left end of PPM, by one of the fishmongers & Mt Townsend Creamery (invisible but worthwhile, on the far left), turn right & if you can't smell the grilling salmon they're closed.

    By now you must've read about Elliott's. Touristy or not their oysters are good & fresh.

    The crab cocktails to go, from at least one of the fish stalls, are sure good but I doubt if they're much different than anywhere else.

    We were just back there only a week & a half ago & sure wish the place was about 1,000 miles closer to home.


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    1. re: FishTales

      Took your advice and got Market Grill for lunch yesterday when I got in town and also grabbed a crab cocktail. Both were delicious, thanks for the info.

      1. re: Matronix

        I walked by Market Grill for years but never stopped--I guess i figured it was so tiny, I'd have to wait forever for a seat. When I finally tried it, I was surprised at how quickly one opened up. Their food is great, service is friendly and efficient, and what a location--you have a perfect ringside seat to watch the craziness out on the arcade,

        1. re: MsMaryMc

          Excellent! We've found out about some really good places on these boards & I'm happy you both enjoyed the Grill.


          ---MsMaryMc do you realize how fortunate you are to be so close to PPM?!!!

          1. re: FishTales

            Oh, yes, I do!! I've lived here for 19 years, and I'm still discovering new nooks and crannies and interesting little shops.

    2. Etta's by Tom Douglas is a good option -- about 3 blocks south of the market.

      1. (apologies for pedantry but it's PIKE PLACE MARKET)

        (for lunch only) jack's fish spot, market grille
        (for lunch or dinner) matt's in the market, steelhead diner, il bistro

        for the best seafood in town, blueacre seafood is only 7 blocks away

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        1. re: howard 1st

          I love Blueacre, but it can't hold a candle to Seastar.

          1. re: howard 1st

            ADORE Matt's. We've only had lunch there. Love sitting up at the bar with Robbie the bartender.

            It's actually just across the street from the Market, on the second floor. Highly recommend.

          2. My recommendation is to just spend a day noshing through the market itself.

            -Go to La Panier and get a pain au chocolate
            -Go to Beecher's and get a cup of mac & cheese
            -Go to Piroshky Piroshky and get a piroshky (our personal favourite is the apple cinnamon one, but the savory ones are tasty, too)
            -Some chowder from Pike Place Chowder
            -Some Turkish Delights from Turkish Delights (stay away from the actual food here, as it's just baked under heat lamps, but the little jellies are outstanding)
            -A crumpet from The Crumpet Shoppe
            -Something from Uli's Sausage (there is a food service section next to the actual meat counter)

            For dinner....I don't remember the name of it, but there's this tiny little place tucked in behind Don & Joe's Meats (the butcher shoppe near the fish throwers) that serves some really awesome food. Bit on the pricey end though, if you're on a budget.

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            1. re: Quintious


              We spent a lot of time doing this. I would avoid Lowell's. it was the only dissappointing thing we ate in the market.

              1. re: melpy

                Lowell's makes a pretty good crab roll (on a good day), but yeah, Lowell's you're paying for the view, and the Athenian you're paying to see where Hanks and Reiner sat during Sleepless in Seattle. Those are touristy gimmick spots.

                The Bolivian restaurant near Pike Place Chowder is god-awful, too. Also not a big fan of Matt's.

                1. re: Quintious

                  I'll hope to insert a little "touristy lately" in this. When I was a kid in the sixties, First Avenue was a rougher and rowdier place. It was lined with pawn-shops and peep-shows for most of its length and was crowded with longshoremen (before containerization, it took a lot of labor to unload ships). I remember giant Halibut being unloaded and mysterious crates from Asia.
                  This was the population it the Athenian. Times change.

                  1. re: Quintious

                    'and the Athenian you're paying to see where Hanks...>

                    Well, I was born and raised in Seattle and moved away a few years ago. I usually stay for a few days in the market and have my favorites where I eat.
                    I can honestly say when I come, and when I lived there, the Athenian was/is my little place of comfort every morning around 7am. That time of morning there are very few tourists...only locals.

                    1. re: latindancer

                      They've changed the menu a bit (no more eggs ala goldenrod!) and I think it's lost something. I agree that early morning breakfast was nice. Just a few locals, market workers and people in the bar drinking their breakfast.

                2. re: Quintious

                  That tiny little place behind Don & Joe's is Place Pigalle. Good food and terrific view!

                  1. re: firecracker

                    I second Place Pigalle. This time of year that might even have sturgeon on the menu. And their cocktails are wonderful.

                      1. re: Gizmo56

                        And if you want to talk like a local you can say, "Pig Alley"
                        I'd agree - this is a hidden gem.

                3. There is an old school u shaped counter that serves good food..forgt the name.
                  Pike Place Chowder across the street in the alley from the market is one of the best chowder places on earth.
                  Etta's is pretty good for seafood.

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                    1. re: MsMaryMc

                      Yes..Market Grill it is!

                      Can't quit thinking of the seafood chowder at Pike Place Chowder..sublime.