On a recent trip to Seattle, the future husband and I hunted down Pike Place Chowder after being inspired by the Gastronomer's post. By the time we found their actual Pike Place location, they were closed. Luckily, the mall location was still open so we walked a few streets up for some chowder therapy.
Overall, the chowders were tasty, but what I was most impressed about was the level and dedication of customer service. We ordered crab cakes for an appetizer and the chef brought them out to us himself apologizing for the lackluster cake batter made earlier that day resulting in a less than average final product. He offered us whatever other appetizers we wanted on the house, so we choose shrimp cocktail and oyster shooters.
Shrimp Cocktail and Oyster Shooters: Huge, throbbing oysters floating on top of overly sweet cocktail sauce. I would have preferred these without the red sauce, but we got them for free since our crab cakes were not up to par, so I can't complain.
Southwest Chicken and Corn Chowder: I wanted to try something Southwest in the Northwest.
Manhattan Style Chowder: My second favorite, reminiscent of cioppino.
Crab and Corn Chowder: Somehow, the crab was not the star of this chowder. The soup base was overly salty and confused - not cream based, but still seemed heavy.
Smoked Salmon Chowder: my favorite of the bunch. Creamy, slightly smokey with generous chunks of salmon floating around. Just indulgent.
If I am in Seattle again and hankering for some chowder, I would surely get a bowl of the smoked salmon once again.
Pike Place Chowder
600 Pine St. 4th Fl
Seattle, WA 98101