Restaurants & Bars

Trip Report

rlc | Jul 10, 2003 11:00 AM

Thank you for all the advice. While we have had more extensive dining in Seattle, this was a great trip. Our kids are moving to Des Moines (the horror, the horror). We came out to keep the grandbaby while they were house hunting). In all probability, this was our last trip to Seattle. We have been three times during the eighteen months the kids have lived there (not counting the one trip six years ago).

Our food efforts were limited primarily to daycare schedules, and relatively casual. First, my apology for not having better recall. I often take notes, having a rather poor memory. This time I forgot to take notes.

-Lunch at Market Grill in the Market. Wonderful prawn sandwich, good chowder and slaw. Also had a halibut sandwich. It was well prepared, but we decided that halibut is perhaps too mild for us. We were there just a few minutes after it opened, and grabbed the last two stools. I found the staff very easy to talk to. I did not feel rushed at all.

-Lunch at Matts in the Market. Of the several items we had, we most enjoyed the sea food gumbo and the oyster sandwich (not really a po boy). I’m surprised that these were my favorites. We are originally from Louisiana, and get back yearly. When in a new place, I usually order something I have not had before. The seafood gumbo was a darker rue than I expected (and thus more interesting), and suitably spicy. The potato soup was interesting, but not to the taste of my wife or son. It was brothy and contained greens. (I rather liked it). This is embarrassing, but I can’t remember what I ordered as an entree. It was different, and good, but I enjoyed the oyster sandwich and seafood gumbo so much the rest is lost in memory. The bread pudding was good, but also not memorable. We were made to feel most welcome (not always the case with tourists).

-Lunch in Freemont at the Still Life in Fremont cafe. Wonderful blackened blue marlin sandwich. I don’t usually like blackened. In so many places that is a cue to burn something and cover it with cayenne pepper. This was excellent. The sandwich bread was outstanding. Also had a veggie sandwich, with eggplant and various other stuff. Very fresh, and cooling. Had a carrot/ginger soup. Good, though a bit more sweet than expected. Food accompanied by a glass of pinot gris and a white bordeaux while sitting at an outside table. Life can be so difficult sometime. We had worked up an appetite by walking around to see the various sights (interesting troll).

--Lunch at Salumi (twice). Loved it. I actually picked the place more for my daughter-in-law. None of us had ever been. She does not like seafood. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the salumi. I guess I’ve never had really well prepared meat of this type before. Across the two occasions tried grilled lamb, oregano salumi, lamb proscuitto, and brisket. Also sampled other salumi. Hard to pick a favorite, I loved them all. Maybe the oregano, no maybe the lamb. Once again, very helpful staff.

We ate in your lovely little waterfall park. Would have loved a glass of wine, but didn’t know your local rules/customs regarding alcohol outdoors. Then spent time in Elliott’s Bookstore. I could spend a whole day there.

--Picnicked by a lovely rushing river, (Staircase Area, up from Hoodsport), dining on raw oysters and pickled oysters. Purchased the oysters at Hama Hama Seafood Market (on Hwy 101. We sampled smoked oysters (regular and teriyaki), but they were a bit dry for us. The pickled oysters were interesting, the raw were very good. The person at Hama Hama was delightful. She showed us our first geoduck. Hmmm. Now, that’s different. When I asked, she said it was difficult to find it on a restaurant menu, other than in chowder.

-Bought dungeness crabs and made crabcakes. Very good. Two crabs gave us two dinners.

Sightseeing: other than sitting in the little park by the market (I could do that all day) we also:

-Went to Hurricane Ridge. Nothing visible from the Ridge due to clouds and did not find great food. But, had a good time. Met interesting local people in the bar at the Three Crabs restaurant.

-The locks to see salmon going upstream. Most of the fish have not seen the travel ads, and sort of ease over the steps as opposed to high jumping. Still, lots of fun.

-Kerry Park for the view of the city. Perfect

-And, The Mountain. Wow, what a day. We drove up Hwy 410 (plus other back roads) to Sunrise. Sunrise was closed (I think it opened a day after we were there). Didn’t matter. Gorgeous views. Drove around to Paradise. Planned to hike some of the easy trails, but didn’t bring snow-walking shoes. Again, didn’t matter. Just absolutely breathtaking views. Drove back on Hwy 161 to avoid interstates. A long day, but a rewarding.

Again, thanks for the memories.

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