Food Excursion to Pike Place MarketJanuary 26th, 2009 by adice
This weekend, I went with some good friends to do a little lunch and shopping at Pike Place Market. I thought I’d share some photos and a little bit about the wonderful suggestions we explored:
At Pine, between First Avenue and the Market, the Steelhead Diner is a place that prides itself on its use of local ingredients. It has a bright bank of windows and slightly upscaled diner decor. Lunch fare ranged from soups and sandwiches to higher-end dishes like Kasu Marinated Canadian Black Cod.
I had a cup of the Razor Clam Chowder, delicious and savory and made even headier with a drizzle of truffle oil on top. We split a side of broccoli, which was sauteed in what we assume was an incredibly flavorful butter, breaded and crispy capers and almonds.
We also had to save room for dessert and each had a taste of each others: rhubarb sorbet, lemon cake and pound cake topped with a poached pear.
Somehow I managed to roll my full stomach out the door and down into the market to take in standard market — fruits, veggies, herbs — and I even grabbed some fresh mussels.
A new spot for me was La Buona Tavola truffle cafe. Inside, we were encouraged to sample small bits of bread with a variety of oils and balsamic vinegars and spreads. We were encouraged to savor the taste of a white truffle cream, then try it again with a couple drops of 12-year, 10-year or 8-year-old balsamic vinegar.
After eating that clam chowder, I felt I had to purchase at least one bottle of truffle oil (and white truffle cream) in my life. Plus, my friend told me she was able to freeze small bags of the cream to extend its life and for easy use in dishes.
I even tried it with some other ingredients I got at the market that night to some success, but I’ll need to learn a little more about how to use it. (I’d love to hear any more ideas.)
The cafe also hosts daily $5 wine tastings, where you can sample three Italian wines (we didn’t but I definitely will go back for that), or more in-depth wine tasting events.
Most of my Seattle trips are to meet with friends or go to some kind of event, so this trip was a good reminder to explore the little shops and indulge in the market. It makes me really excited for the upcoming season of the local markets as well.
I’d love to hear any of your suggestions about places in Pike Place or things to try in any of the Kitsap farmers markets this spring.