I know we have waxed eloquent about Three Girls Bakery before, but I had such a satisfying lunch today that I just had to post another comment, er, testimonial.
With all the Pike Place market eateries to choose from, I knew I was in the mood for really good soup. Surprisingly, at about 5 minutes after noon on a Friday, 3 Girls Bakery was not yet crowded, so I plopped down with a new New Yorker and an appetite at one of about a half dozen empty stools at the counter. The soup specials today? Navy Bean, Shrimp Creole, Clam Chowder, Vegetable Lentil, Tomato Vegetable Basil and Chili with Cheese and Onions. The sandwich specials? A fine Reuben (the lady next to me ordered one and I was eyeing it enviously), and a Roasted Eggplant with Hummus and veggies. I knew I wanted soup (the waitress talked me into the Tomato Basil), but I also wanted a half sandwich. Zap, zzzt, game over, No half sandwiches at 3 girls EXCEPT, go figure, the shrimp salad sandwich can be ordered as a half. So that's what I did. I know, I know, it is somewhat sacreligious to order anything but the Meatloaf sandwich at 3-Grrls, or the Baked Salmon at the very least, but, hey, I ordered the half Shrimp Salad on light rye. What the hey.
Very quickly, less than 5 minutes, the waitress was reaching over the counter to hand me my lunch. I was not prepared for the heavenly sandwich that came to me sitting in a little red plastic woven basket with a blue and white checkerboard paper liner. The rye bread was so fresh it was worth the price of the sandwich alone. Visualize two thick slices of fresh bakery bread with crisp romaine lettuce, a thick slab of tomato, just the right slather of mayo and mustard, and a full 2 inches of very, very exquisitely fresh shrimp salad piled high between the bread. I looked upon it in wonder, both because it was a thing of beauty and because I was wondering how I was going to get this gargantuan "half sandwich" in my mouth. Ah, where there is a will, there is a way, I am happy to report. I barely had to rescue any of the shrimp from my napkin-ed lap. The tomato basil soup was full of chunks of carrots, basil, onion, celery, and other veggies..very good, but a tad salty. I ate it all anyway, I assure you. But the shrimp salad won the day hands down..it was 100% fresh, sweet shrimp, with just barely enough mayo to keep the shrimpies bound together in some sort of fashion. I kept wondering if they just snagged their shrimp from Jack's Fish Market across the aisle.
In very short order, my meal was devoured so I happily paid the nice lady my $6 tab with two green ones for the tip jar behind the counter. I was in and out of there in 25 delightful minutes. The one mistake of the day occured when I didn't succumb to the temptation to buy a chocoloate macaroon or a jam filled thumbprint cookie on my way out to my downtown meeting, but I won't make that mistake next time!
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