Visit to the Pike Place Market

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On our visit back to Seattle, we took a day downtown to see the city dressed in holiday cheer. We passed through the Pike Place Market, briefly, as it was too crowded to really enjoy. We stopped off at a hidden gem, not so well known in the market, Jack’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.

It is a small counter, hidden off the street, behind some other vendors. It is easy to miss unless you are looking. Visually it is not much, a wooden painted menu hangs behind the glass case of fresh shrimp and crab cocktails in styrofoam cups. A young man in a t-shirt and beanie takes orders, while men that look like fishermen, cook and call off orders behind him.  It is a little chaos but good food is always worth it.

All the fish is fresh and local. It was hard to pick just one thing, so we got a few things to share amongst us.

Clam Chowder
Dungeness crab cocktail
Oysters on the half shell
and fish n chips

Everything was tasty good. It was a freezing cold day and the chowder hit the spot. It was not as heavy as most chowders are, and had some carrots and herbs. The cocktail was a nice change, instead of the usual cabbage or lettuce, it contained celery. The fish tasted very fresh and sweet. The real test was the fish and chips, which were so good we battled for the last piece. Not greasy but crisp and light. YUM!

I’ll definitely be back there on my next visit home! and I will have to stop by some of my other market favorites: Delaurenti’s, Market Spice, and Tenzing Momo.  Check back during spring break for My Foodie Tour of Seatttle!

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