Oddly enough my first stop is not to a seafood vendor, but rather to a stall that, when I first visited several years ago, made me remember a lost loved childhood dish. Just about 100 feet from the famous fish throwers is this unassuming stand selling something that was wholly familiar to me as a kid.
|Chicken (Death) Valley|
|Fried Chicken Gizzards & Hearts|
From there it was on to Jack's, which is across the way from the main market. They are a wholesaler and retailer selling a great selection of seafood cocktails, oysters, and always clam chowder and cioppino. I decided to go with a bowl of the clam chowder and a half dozen of the raw oysters.
|Oysters and Clam Chowder|
After scarfing down some solid appetizers, I decided to wander around the market and the surrounding streets a bit. One thing about it, whatever kind of food you're looking for you can probably find it at the market. There were bavarian sausages, greek delis, numerous vegetable stands, a fresh made pasta stand, and of course seafood stands with scallops that made we want to break into someone's house just to use their kitchen they looked so delicious. There are also a variety of shops, especially down under. I found a used book store, a great distraction and a bonus destination. Before leaving on this trip I'd been trying to download something, anything by Graham Greene to my Kindle, but I'd found no ebooks are released to U.S. markets by Greene so I wanted to see if I could find the old fashioned book version and what better place to look for the old fashioned then a used book store. And there it was, a copy of Journey without Maps, paperback, printed in 1986 for less then 10 bucks and with the slight yellowing of the paper that demonstrates it's worn in. But this isn't a blog about books, it's about food and the coup de gras is yet to come.
Even after chicken parts, oysters, and chowder I thought why not have a proper lunch. As I'd been walking the market I'd been looking at the menus and settled on Lowell's for lunch, in no small part because they had a crab cocktail on the menu. I have a compulsion about Dungeness crab and so I ordered both a crab cocktail and a crab roll.
|So much crab.|
If you're ever in Seattle, stop by Pike Place Market, but don't linger over the fish tossers, avoid the bus loads of retired meanders, find the food, sample a little bit of everything. And if you have access to a kitchen, buy a bunch of seafood and make yourself the best damn meal of seafood imaginable. For my part, I let others cook for me and I wasn't disappointed.