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Pike Place Fish Market --- eat there?

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ChowHap Sep 6, 2013 12:52 PM

I've never been, so I'm not sure what to expect. I see that there is food there. Is that the way to go for lunch, or something nearby?

  1. girloftheworld Sep 7, 2013 10:19 AM

    My mom is so inlove Pikes Place that she runs her classroom on "fish philosphy" based on the fish market there ..it is funny..

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    1. re: girloftheworld
      c oliver Sep 7, 2013 10:41 AM

      gotw, as has been mentioned here and on other threads, it's Pike Place Market or "the market" :) I'm SURE you mom knows that and would probably take away your fave chef's knife if she heard you say otherwise :)

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      howard 1st Sep 7, 2013 10:14 AM

      yes, there is food "there" - it's PIKE PLACE MARKET (or 'the market") and it's the food court of your dreams - ethnic eateries including russian, british, thai, chinese, mexican, japanese, italian, greek, columbian, german, filipino, indian, french and turkish (probably missed a few) plus "american" places for both fast and slow foods from ice cream, donuts, fried chicken, pizza, deli, mac'n'cheese and bagels to full-service places as nice as could be desired. all in addition to butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, florists, bakeries, groceries, spice merchants and many small specialty stores. sure, crowded on summer weekends (5 cruise ships in port!!) but better midweek and spring/fall.

      1. c oliver Sep 6, 2013 02:08 PM

        This isn't specific to the market but there are mentions. We'd wanted to check out Place Pigalle but passed on the whole are cause it's so crowded in the summer.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912118

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          Cheesehugger Sep 27, 2013 08:44 PM

          Just love Pigalle. Went there last Saturday for a leisurely lunch. The place wasn't crowded at all. Pigalle was our refuge away from the throngs outside in the market.

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            c oliver Sep 28, 2013 05:21 AM

            Thanks for this. Next time, for sure.

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          mrnelso Sep 6, 2013 02:01 PM

          "Fish Market" rings a bell for Tokyo or the Bronx, but around here there really isn't any venue locals call by that name.
          The Pike Place Market (please, not "Pike's" anything), has several fish mongers, and has been a market for local producers since 1907. The vegetable stands down low are local farmers, The ones up high are resellers. Chain-stores (Burger King, Whole Foods, and the like) are not allowed, though Starbuck's #1 is grandfathered-in, so you really will "meet the producer" http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/pages/.... There are dozens of independent food shops in the Market and lots of info here on Chowhound. My personal greatest-hits in seafood at the Market have been Cioppino at Jack's, seared-scallop chowder at PP Chowder, Catfish Sandwich at Matt's, grilled Salmon and Halibut at Pike Place Grill (on the arcade near the Athenian and Lowell's and, Uli's will cook-up your choice of beautifully flavorsome sausages and serve it on a toasted bun with peppers and onions grilled on the spot - get fries. I was even startled one starving-right-now day by beautifully beer-battered perfect Halibut and Chips at Pike Place Bar and Grill (I'm told I got lucky, but hey, I'm a chowhound).

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            ChowHap Sep 7, 2013 10:36 AM

            Thanks for explaining.

            Yes, apparently, I am talking about Pike Place Market. I saw Pike Place Fish Market on Google maps, but I see now that refers to a small store/stall within the Market.

            Cioppino sounds tempting!

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              mrnelso Sep 8, 2013 12:03 AM

              Lovely odd, really. We enjoyed a particularly fine Cioppino at Sharks in Newport and commented that it might be even better than Jack's. The server allowed as how people say the best on the coast are these two. Prepare yourself for a shock at how different they are, though. Jack's is a noisy afterthought in a bustling fish market and Sharks is a date-night waterfront restaurant with beautiful fresh seafood prepared with their quirky steam kettle poaching machines. Though one can sit there, if uncomfortably, (advised when you get oysters), Jack's is nothing like a sit-down place. Keep it simple. Cioppino, maybe oysters, then get a grilled merguez and fries at Uli's or a salmon/halibut sandwich at PP Grill, across the aisle.

          2. paulj Sep 6, 2013 01:07 PM

            Which fish market? According to
            http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/pages/fresh-fish-meat-dairy
            there are four at Pike Place.

            But there's a lot more a PP than just the fish throwing you see on TV.

            http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/pages/...
            says there are 30+ restaurants at the Market

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              ChowHap Sep 6, 2013 01:26 PM

              Not sure which fish market. Just going to see the fish-throwing and look around (and eat, naturally). So, if you have any suggestions on the market, or otherwise, let me know.

              Thanks!

            2. c oliver Sep 6, 2013 01:07 PM

              We love Matt's in the Market. Missed it this latest trip but it's usually a must go.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770770

              If you search here for Pike Place Market, you'll get plenty of info.

              Even though Labor Day has passed, I'd still be disinclined to go on a weekend cause it's SO crowded.

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                ChowHap Sep 6, 2013 01:26 PM

                Great. Thanks for the tip!

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                  ChowHap Sep 6, 2013 01:41 PM

                  Reservations made! Thanks, again.

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                    mrnelso Sep 6, 2013 02:33 PM

                    It's all true about crowded, especially in tourist season, but early morning brings the gentle quotidian hubbub of local vendors greeting each other's days and setting up their trade. A warm summer morning there is a memory, for sure.

                    1. re: mrnelso
                      c oliver Sep 6, 2013 02:50 PM

                      Years ago I saw and chatted with Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet, there. I do still love it but there are times that you can barely walk through there because of the throngs. OP would probably like it best to get there early and finish up with lunch.

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                        ChowHap Sep 7, 2013 10:40 AM

                        Will Friday be so crowded? I currently have reservations at Matt's for dinner, but I'd consider changing that to lunch so we can walk the Market in the AM if that would be the better experience.

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                          c oliver Sep 7, 2013 10:50 AM

                          I've never been to the market except morning and early afternoon so I have no opinion on that. In addition I don't know when the vendors start closing down. But I bet others here know and will tell you.

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                            jlbwendt Sep 7, 2013 01:55 PM

                            In my experience, it shuts down between 5-6pm, with restaurants like Matt's open later of course.

                            I agree that "early" morning, as everything opens, is the best time to go. I have fond memories of finishing early classes at AIS and having "lunch" at Three Girls at 9 am :)

                            FYI http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/pages/...

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                              c oliver Sep 7, 2013 02:02 PM

                              Great link and a nice little story. Thanks.

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                                Gizmo56 Sep 7, 2013 02:32 PM

                                The Market is open 19.5 hours a day, 362 days a year. The Market is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

                                General Hours

                                Breakfast: 6 am

                                Fresh Produce & Fish: 7 am

                                Official Market Bell: 9 am

                                Merchant Hours: 10 am – 6 pm

                                Restaurants & Bars Last Call: 1:30 am

                                http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/pages/...

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                              Gizmo56 Sep 7, 2013 12:35 PM

                              The crowds are much more tolerable after Labor Day, especially on weekdays. You can keep the dinner plan, and walk the market in the late afternoon before dinner.

                              It is fun to watch the market "wake up" in the morning, but you need to arrive rather early to get that experience.

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                                firecracker Sep 7, 2013 03:23 PM

                                Exactly. As soon as the cruise ships move to warmer climes for the season, the locals can take back the market and shop and eat to our hearts content. I avoid the place like the plague unless I go very early during tourist season.

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                                  paulj Sep 7, 2013 04:05 PM

                                  But where do you get your fine quality produce during fair weather ...? Are Seattle natives foul weather shoppers? :)

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                                    Jeri L Sep 7, 2013 04:18 PM

                                    Neighborhood farmers' markets are all over the city.

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                                      c oliver Sep 7, 2013 04:39 PM

                                      Are they ever!!!!!! We went to the "small" one in Lake City. It was fantastic. I wanted to buy everything.

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                                        firecracker Sep 7, 2013 05:51 PM

                                        Did you try some of the homemade jams there, c.oliver? They're terrific. The next time you and hubby are in town try the Sunday Everett Farmer's Market. I particularly like Walden Lane Gourmet products when they're showing there. Otherwise you can see their lineup at:

                                        www.waldenlanegourmet.com

                                        I'm really partial to their herbed porcini mushroom rub and their peach white balsamic vinegar. Yum!

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                                          c oliver Sep 7, 2013 06:14 PM

                                          We did the Boeing tour in Everett but not sure I'd want to make the trek from Lake City area. But maybe :) If I could, I could live in Seattle. But Bob's had enough of the PNW having lived in SW OR for some years. But with The Kid (oh, yeah, and his parents) there, we'll be regular visitors.

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                                            firecracker Sep 7, 2013 06:37 PM

                                            The Boeing tour was likely off the Mukilteo Speedway. The Everett Market is a few miles farther north immediately adjacent to the Port of Everett and the US Navy. It's right on the harbor and is very well attended.

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