Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pike Place Chowder - Seattle

Chowder Samplers

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.

New England Chowder Bread Bowl: the future husband is more or less obsessed with clam chowder. He thought Pike Place's version was okay, but is still dreaming about a smokey-bacony version we had at a soup and salad bar offering in Cottage Grove. 

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


Gastronomer said...

Glad to hear you received such lovely customer service! Next time, ask for NAKED oysters :)

Shaheen said...

My goodness, so many different variations of chowder. Now that is something we don't see in the U.K :)

Mary said...

It sounds like you made some wonderful choices. I really love chowder and have it often. I also love Pike's Market and don't get there often enough. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Banana Wonder said...

Cathy - I will not forget THAT sage advice :-)

Shaheen - Awww, really? I would think there would be more with all the cold, rainy weather.

Mary - I bet you can make a mean chowder.