Nibble Your Way through Pike Place Market – Part I

In fifteen-plus years as a concierge directing guests to “feast through Pike Place Market first with your eyes, then double-back and nibble your way back to where you began”, I never penned (nor typed) a definitive list of must-eats of my favorite Seattle icon. That said, below you’ll find my personally-curated list of just a few of the nibble- and nosh-worthy restaurants, dive-bars, hole-in-the-walls and food stands within the 9 acres that make up Pike Place Market.

Technically, Seatown is not officially in the Market, but located just across the street at Western & Virginia streets.  Their Dungeness crab eggs Benedict brings crispy Dahlia Bakery muffins, flavorful Northwest crab and creamy hollandaise right to my plate. Heading there for lunch? Try their lamb pot pie or a crabcake sandwich!
Sweets? Try DeLaurenti’s big-as-your-head (almost!) hazelnut chocolate chip cookie – if you still have room after lunch. Perched on the SW corner of 1st Ave. and Pike St., these cookies will always have a place in my bag!
Another sweet-tooth satisfier? Steelhead Diner‘s bourbon pecan pie! Sprinkled with Theo Chocolate’s cocoa nibs, and topped with a dollop of chantilly cream, this’ll make you always to save room for dessert! Located off Post Alley at Pine St.
Country Dough is hidden behind Emmett Watson’s Oysterbar in the back of the Champion Building (near Virginia St. & Pike Pl). Their Szechuan flatbread makes for a delicious sandwich – whether chicken, pork or mushroom filling. Try their hand-shaved noodles for a true Chinese treat!
No better way to blow away a blustery Fall day than with a bowl of this rich French Onion soup at Cafe Campagne (pronounced: camp-ON-ya). Pair it with a bright riesling, or be a little naughty and have it with their lamb burger!
Thirsty yet? Drop by for a brew, or try their mac-and-cheese. Pike Brewing, downstairs in the LaSalle Building (just south of the Pike St. hillclimb) has an array of thirst-quencher (brewed on-site) or a full meal if you prefer. Their mac-and-cheese pairs perfectly with their Naughty Nellie ale!
Ready for more? Pike Brewing’s sister restaurant, Tankard and Tun is right upstairs. Along with Pike’s brews, they boast a gastropub menu with one of my favorite burgers (you’ll need both hands for this one!).
Let Shiro do the cooking at Sushi Kashiba. Tucked just off the courtyard near Inn at the Market off Pine St, Shiro’s choice omakase gives you the best of what’s in-season. There’ll be a line at the door a 5pm, but it’s worth the wait.
Perched on the top corner of the LaSalle building with breathtaking views of Puget Sound, if you’re looking for a little respite with a glass of wine and a cheeseboard, or a special dinner for two, Maximilien is just the place. Quaint, like you just stepped into a little Parisian bistro, but with fun northwest flair.
Just saw AHHHH! Honest Biscuit’s breakfast biscuits are enough for breakfast and lunch … in one. Located near Old Stove Brewing in the new Market front, enjoy your biscuit – with a view!
Lover of brothy chowders, deviled eggs and Market views? Try Matt’s in the Market. Tip-Top in the Corner Market Building (take the steps up just past Left Bank Books) they’re perched with fun market views, and boast a menu with many fresh-from-the-market items.
Waddling through the Market after a day of nibbling? Spend a little time to find this quirky gem deep in the bowels of the Main Arcade building!

There’s no wrong way to “do” the Market, and there’s definitely something for everyone – particularly when food is involved.  Don’t be afraid to nibble, taste, sit, sip and enjoy every moment of it!  Want to do it like a local? A little insight (and some curated tips) from a true local right here.

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