Thursday, July 27, 2017

Seattle, WA Edition: Matt's in the Market

Matts In the MarketThere are plenty of great views in Seattle - and a lunch spot overlooking Pike Place Market is certainly one of them.

Matts In the MarketMatt's in the Market has a prime location - right across from the market sign. And, right across from the freshest produce you can imagine.

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Being located in the Market is like having the best vegetable garden, the best fruit orchard, the best flower garden, and the best purveyors of fish, meat, cheese, and dairy at your door. Executive Chef Jason McClure creates menus based on the best ingredients the Market currently has to offer, selectively augmented by the choicest fare from around the Pacific Northwest and the world, with unswerving dedication to deliver unforgettable culinary pleasures every time.
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We came here for lunch right before our flight, and they accommodated our baggage, as well as a beautiful bunch of flowers Kristen was carrying around. If you've ever been to Pike Place Market, you know those incredible bouquets? Kristen decided she needed one on our last day. Can't blame her.

Matts In the MarketWe started off with a drink - I went with the Pimm's Cup, which had Pimm's, ginger ale, and lemonade and it may be my new favorite drink in the world. Seriously.

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Although the restaurant seems to have been part of the market forever, Matt's in the Market was founded it in 1996. The tiny (then only 23 seats), primitively equipped restaurant attracted a fiercely loyal clientele, drawn by imaginative cuisine that changed constantly based on what was available from the stalls downstairs. 
After eleven years as a fishmonger at Pike Place Fish Market, Dan Bugge realized a lifelong dream, and became the owner. Dan and his staff have made major upgrades throughout the restaurant including a new kitchen, seamlessly expanding both in size and seating capacity, and adding a sparkling bar that is astonishingly well-stocked. 
With our unflagging passion to create a memorable culinary experience for every diner, our daily celebration of the Market as the prime source of both inspiration and ingredients, our lasting respect for the traditions of the Market is guaranteed to continue (ABOUT).
Matts In the MarketFor my entree, I went with the pan-fried cornmeal crusted catfish, which was serve with sambal mayonnaise, shredded romaine on potato bread.

Matts In the MarketThis is supposed to be one of their specialties, but I simply wasn't blown away. If anything, it was a touch boring for me. A spicier mayo or maybe some other veggies on the sandwich would have helped. As it was, it was OK.

Matts In the MarketFor my side, I got the yukon gold potato salad, which was fine.

Matts In the MarketEven though the food didn't especially wow me, the drink was delicious, the view is incomparable and the service was fantastic.

Matts In the MarketMaybe I just didn't choose the best, but I had a nice time regardless.

Grade: B
Matt's in the Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Clarksburg Edition: Bonnie Belle's Pastries

Bonnie Belle's has some of the tastiest goodies!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seattle, WA Edition: Lowell's

Lowell'sThe amount of great eateries in Pike Place Market is unreal. But, I didn't want to leave without trying Lowell's - which is three floors of waterfront views and boasts the slogan "Almost Classy since 1957."

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Since my time was winding down, I left early in the morning to grab some breakfast.

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Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar has been serving the public for close to 100 years. In the early 1900′s Lowell’s was a combination coffee roaster, peanut roaster and cafeteria that served the citizens of the Seattle when they visited the “Public Market” to purchase fresh farm produce, seafood and dairy goods. The “flagship” Manning’s Cafeteria, then became Lowell’s in 1957, and has remained so ever since. 
From the front entrance in the main arcade of Pike Place Market, it is unlikely that most visitors realize Lowell’s actually has three floors of seating—all offering world class views of the Olympic Mountains, the ferries crossing Puget Sound and a seagull’s view of the Port of Seattle. 
On the first and third floors, you order first with the cashier/barista and then find a view seat and your food will follow you shortly. The second floor “View Lounge” offers traditional “sit down” table service as well as a full bar selection of unique handmade cocktails, microbrews, and wine. It is here on the second floor guests may choose from either the above mentioned view of the waterfront seating or a booth overlooking the parade of people shopping below that is acknowledged as the best “people watching spot in Seattle.” 
We are proud to be the destination meeting spot of locals gathering to go out elsewhere, business travelers needing a casual centrally located lunch location, multi-generational families and couples gathering for their weekly week-end breakfasts as well as “The Living Room” of the Pike Place Market that all of our neighbors frequent after a hard days work in the vegetable stalls, fish markets, craft stalls and street singing and painting (OUR STORY).
Lowell'sThe thing that struck me on the menu was the bagel & lox: "Fresh Wild King salmon that we house cure with a dill brine wrapped and weighted for a week then sliced thin and served with a toasted bagel, house-pickled red onions, cream cheese and capers on the side."

Lowell'sPossibly the most expensive bagel & lox ($18), but it was very tasty. I love the pickled onions - even if they might not necessarily be traditional. The lox was good - if not a bit gummy in places. Regardless, very good.



Grade: A
Lowell's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato