Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pike Place Market

You can say all you want about San Francisco's Ferry Building farmer's market but, the age-old original, real deal market is Seattle's Pike Place Market. While most of the merchants can be a little less than generous with their samples, the produce, seafood and flowers are amazing.

We spent our last night in the Pacific Northwest down at the Market and it was stunning. It was 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and a perfect view of Mount Rainer, the ferries, and all kinds of edible goodies. The season here is a little behind our San Francisco produce so they're just seeing cherries, English peas, and favas. Stone fruit at the Market was still from California but, the berries and figs were mouthwatering.

After wandering around the Market we made our way to the Steelhead Diner for dinner. Chef Kevin Davis and his wife/partner/front of the house manager Terresa Davis know how to showcase the best of what Seattle and the Northwest have to offer. My second perfect crabcake of this trip-huge and full of crab and nothing else. My entree was a corn crusted halibut that was so juicy-perfectly cooked, a rarity with this fish. The gumbo, salmon, and even the mac-and-cheese (with cheese from Beecher's) were incredible. Kevin and Terresa know their business and execute it really well. We wanted to try the deep fried corn on the cob with smoked sea salt and Aleppo pepper but we were just too time. Check it out next time you're near the market. I bet brunch would be great too!
No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Market. This was one perfect night!

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