Foodie Must-Visits in Seattle

Seattle is a foodie town. Here are a few of the amazing places to shop, dine and enjoy -- from Pike Place Market to Salumi.

Pike Place Public Market Credit: Kelley Lynn Kassa

Dear Kelley,

We're visiting Seattle for a few days. What are the foodie places we must visit?

-- Foodies on the Road

Dear Foodies,

While it’s touristy, Pike Place Market is a must-visit for every foodie. It is a combination farmers market and specialty foods market. Yes, take time to watch Pike Place Fish Market’s fishmongers throw the salmon. While there, you can visit the original Starbucks, Beecher’s Cheese, Pirosky Pirosky and Emmett’s Oyster Bar.

Beecher’s is an award-winning cheese maker and cheese shop. They have a café and offer hot foods (such as mac and cheese) and other specialty and artisanal foods.

Pirosky Pirosky is a Russian bakery that makes traditional and innovative Russian pirosky (a hand-held baked pie). You’ll find sweet piroskies and other baked foods, meat pirosky and vegetable pirosky. They are great to munch on as you walk the market.

If you are a fan of oysters, definitely stop by Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar. It is a little hard to find: it’s in the back of Pike Place Market’s Soames-Dunn Building. Here you’ll get great seafood, chowder and a variety of oysters.

Be sure to dine at one of Tom Douglas’ restaurants. He has several – Assembly Hall, Brave Horse Tavern, Cuoco, Dahlia Bakery, Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, Home Remedy, Lola, Palace Kitchen, Rub with Love Shack, Seatown, Serious Pie Westlake and Tanaka San. My favorite is Etta’s – a restaurant heavy on seafood, but also offering pasta and meat.

Lastly, any foodie visiting Seattle must stop for lunch at Salumi, which is based on the traditional Italian Salumeria, and is the retirement dream of Armandino Batali – who’s also known as Chef Mario Batali’s dad. Yes, you’ll have to wait in line. And yes, the seating is communal. But it’s worth the wait and dining with strangers to eat the house-made cured sausages and other cured meats. The wine is house wine, which you purchase and then serve yourself.

Seattle is a must-visit city for the serious foodie – you’ll find and eat lots of great stuff!

Published March 25th, 2014