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The Crab Pot: Roll up your sleeves and eat Seafood!
Known for their huge servings, the Crab Pot restaurant sits on the water overlooking the bay & harbor.
Just down from the Seattle aquarium, it is what you think of when you think Seattle seafood.
Wait staff bring your order to your table and dump the contents of a huge bucket of seafood on the table accompanied by wooden mallets and a board to crack open mussels, clams, crab and various other seafood.
We went for lunch, ordered a local brewed beer and it remains one of our favorite dining experiences in Washington state.
Favorite Dish: We had the Westport: Dungeness Crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, steamed clams & mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and boiled red potatoes.
Their specialty are the Crab Cakes and breaded, fried Halibut
Pike Place Chowder: Best Chowder in Seattle
Winner of the People's Choice Award, 2011 as having the best Chowder in Washington!!! It will not fail.
Small dine in or out cafe style restaurant serving various types of Chowders including traditional Clam, Chicken, Seafood, Crab and Fish.
Favorite Dish: We had the "Sampler" consisting of your choice of 5 - 1 Cup chowders to sample.
We accompanied this with a melted cheese sandwich from the Cheese shop nearby.
We couldn't decided on which Chowder was best. I was leaning towards the broiled scallop with lime and Eddie slightly preferred the Seafood special chowder of the day.
Chinook's: Catch of the Day, Price is Pricey
The atmosphere was great, with huge windows that overlook the harbor area and plenty of natural light that came right into the place. We were seated fairly quickly and our waitress was so friendly and warm. She was more than willing to offer her favorites and selections of what she likes to us, who found the menu overwhelming with choices. The prices were a little more than average, especially for us New Mexicans. If you have the cash to splash out, make sure you stop here for some great seafood!
Favorite Dish: THE ALDER PLANKED SALMON! Cooked on an alder to perfection, I really enjoyed my dish! I'm not a huge seafood fan, but this was amazing! Naturally, it's fresh catch of the day so you know it's not stored for 2 weeks in a freezer unit. My dish came with the salmon with fresh vegetables. The dish was about 22 bucks. Their fish selection, especially their salmon, is all priced at market value, so ask your wait staff how much it'll be.
Duke's Chowder House: Green Lake
I do not remember when I ate here, or what I had, but I have a paper holder for silverware from here. Maybe someone from the course took me here for lunch
Lunch 11:00am - 3:00pm Daily
Dinner 3:00pm – 10:00pm Sun – Thurs and til 11:00pm Fri & Sat
Bar til 11:00pm Sun - Thurs and til 12:00am Fri & Sat
Seafood Restaurants: Pike Place Chowder
We had a quick lunch at the little Pike Place Chowder shop on Post Alley near Pike Place Market. I had the Dungeness Crab Roll and Laura tried their clam chowder in a bread bowl. The sandwich was pretty good, but small and expensive at around $10. The chowder was very tasty and the sourdough bowl good ... and priced around $8.
This tiny restaurant only has seating for about 20 and it is constantly busy, especially on a dreary, rainy afternoon. Their hours are 11am to 5pm.
Pike Place Chowder has won numerous awards nationwide for its chowder.
The Crab Pot: All about Seafoods
The Crab Pot" located both in Seattle downtown and in Bellevue. So what is Crab Pot??... it is a "hot" restuarant in the Pacific Northwest whose waterfront dining room features a nautical decor; a huge aqaurium filled with live dungeness crabs; and mountains of iced, fresh shellfish from local waters. The house specialty is the so called " Sea Feast" which comes in four variations and expect to have your silverware removed, butcher paper laid before you and a bib tied around your neck! We had a great time!
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Sea feast and it was Deli!
Coastal Kitchen: A new menu and theme each time! No kidding!
This restaurant is incredibly unique in that in addition to it's set menu, it offers a new cuisine every few months. In the times I have dined there they have done Spanish, Moroccan, and Mexican. Currently their new theme is Argentinian and my friend said it was excellent! I can't wait to try this cuisine.
Not only does the menu change to offer regional delicacies from the themed country, but the decor of the restaurant changes to reflect this. For example, for the Spain theme the restaurant was decked out in bright colors, shawls, etc to evoke the feeling of being in Majorca. Truly a fun experience!!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is very unique, a great blend of flavors: SAINT ANDRE SCALLOPS
"Succulent grilled sea scallops cozied between a pair of delicate handmade crepes overflowing with green apples and butternut squash blanketed in a creamy chestnut veloute. "
I can't wait to try this new dish from their Argentinian menu: Joyas de la Playa
"Shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams and seasonal fin fish swim in aromatic peach scented stew with a cornucopia of root vegetables. "
OceanAire Restaurant: Even in the Sound, you can have OceanAire!
This evening I headed across the street from the hotel that I was staying at to enjoy a wonderful meal at OceanAire. In Seattle, you are guarenteed to have some great fish, however I definitely enjoyed the downtown location of this restaurant as well as the food that was served.
We split a fried fish appetizer which had a wonderful mustard flavored sauce, then I had a Ahi Tuna plate that was sushi grade and deliciously pan seared. We then shared two sides, hashed browns and creamed corn, both delicious. For dinner we had a Baked Alaska dish which finished the evening beautifully!
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Totem House Fish & Chips: Totem House Fish & Chips - CLOSED
Very sad to report that Totem House close in early 2011 after serving the community since 1946.
Order at the counter, and sit inside, or outside if the weather is nice. See photo for unique building design.
It's right across the street from the Ballard Locks, so you can stop in after some sight-seeing.
Favorite Dish: Their Fish breading contains corn meal, which makes it extra tasty. Clam Chowder is good too... and top it all off with a Pumpkin Milkshake. I like that you can order the fish without the chips.
McCormick & Schmick's: Outdoor Eating Right on Lake Union
OK, so they are a chain restaurant, but they got their start here in the Pacific Northwest, and happen to be conveniently located on Lake Union. Plus, they have outdoor seating on the lake, which during the summer months is a huge advantage.
If you are in Seattle in the summer, and you have a really nice comfortable day, you don't want to waste it by being inside in air conditioned comfort.
If you are in Seattle in the winter, you would understand perfectly why you would never want to waste a single moment of a summer day indoors!
The food is good, the lines are sometimes long, and sometimes reservations are recommended.
It is one of the few restaurants in Seattle that understands the local marine culture well enough to make it possible to arrive by boat from the marina next door, but it isn't a public marina.
Don't use the restaurant parking, unless you have to. It is expensive and unnecessary, as there is almost always space available in the public parking lot on the Westlake Avenue side of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: No favorites here. Expect to pay $17 to $29 for the main dish at dinner. It is a bit expensive for what you get, but not extremely so, and the location is a very expensive piece of real estate under the current circumstances.
That said, I got the "House Smoked Salmon with Angel Hair" for $18.
Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar: Two Floors of Views of Puget Sound on the Water
Pier 57 is one of the old waterfront piers that has been converted to tourist use. It now contains a carousel, stores, a wooden boat building demonostration area, and several restaurants.
At the farthest end away from Alaskan Way, you will find the entrance to Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar.
There are two levels, both with decks outdoors that have a view of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. The interior seating also has reasonably good views of the waterfront.
Prices for dinner tend to be in the $20 to $30 range, but you will find a few things in the $37 range for real specialized dishes.
This is a fairly nice restaurant, but it is also in a tourist area. You will see people wear just about anything here, but you will fit in better if you are dressed in the semi-formal range.
Favorite Dish: The assorted pastas with seafood are a reasonably good value. They will come with a tossed salad or bowl of chowder, plus sourdough bread.
Take a look through the menu on the web site! You're sure to find something you want to have before you even get here.
Pike Place Chowder: Chowder Heaven
Chowder lovers, this is where you go for a hot bowl of bliss. Pike Place Chowder offers up 3 sizes of 4 traditional varieties: New England clam, smoked salmon, Southwest chicken and corn and Manhattan-style. For more adventurous types there's seafood bisque, seared scallop, vegan and a daily specialty. Can't make up your mind? You can get a 4-cup sampler for about $11. You can even have your soup in a bread bowl - although they all come with a chunk of sourdough. There are salads and sandwiches too but who needs 'em - come for the chowder. Order at the counter, grab your tray and head to any available table indoors or out. This is a hot spot with the Pike Place crowd as it's good stuff you won't shell out a lot of clams for (by Seattle prices) so I might recommend heading here on the off-hours. Open 11:00 - 5:00
Favorite Dish: I had New England Clam and the husband had Southwest. Both yummy. Prices are $6 cup, $7 medium and $11 a bowl. A medium is plenty unless you're a big feller.
The Crab Pot: Seafood Feast
This restaurant is known for their Seafood Feasts. My son and husband ordered a seafood feast for two and my daughter and I ordered smaller meals. Before the meal arrived they put a large sheet of butcher paper on the table and gave the feasters a bib, a cutting board, and a mallet. Then the pot was brought to the table and dumped onto the paper in the middle of the table. There was crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, potatoes, and corn in their feast. They had so much fun feasting on their seafood. The atmosphere is very lively and it can be very crowded, so anticipate having to wait for a table.
Alki Crab and Fish Company: Reasonably Priced Seafood with Wonderful View
If you want a post card type view of the Seattle skyline while eating, this is without question one of the ideal places to come. The food is not overly expensive for the view that you get, and you will find that for this budget of restaurant ($4 to $15, depending on how hungry you are) the food has quite a number of good ratings among a variety of food reviewers.
Drinks from the fountain are unlimited refill.
The restaurant sits on the pier where the King County Water Taxi arrives from downtown Seattle. to the south it is possible to see the Port of Seattle, to the east is downtown Seattle, and to the north is Elliott Bay. There is some outdoor seating, much of which is devoted to consumption of beer and wine. There are also a number of benches near the restaurant in the park which contains the pier.
Road noise from the busy Harbor Avenue is present, but not very persistant thanks to the distance from the road, and from the road being on the other side of the restaurant.
Also available in the restaurant are an assortment of odds and ends as the place also serves as a convenience store of sorts for the area. You will find post cards (which is fitting considering the nature of the tourist business that visits here) among the items sold here, but a number of other useful items as well.
Favorite Dish: If you can't make up your mind about what to have, I highly suggest taking the sampler, which includes a variety of oysters, clams, and fish.
Also, please be sure to check the specials menu.
Lockspot Cafe: Expensive Pile of Fried Fish and Fries
About the best thing I can say about the Lockspot Cafe is that it is very convenient to the entrance to the Ballard Locks, and there are few other places that are this close to the locks.
Most of the options at this restaurant seem to be quite high priced compared to what you get. The food is OK, but is it really worth that much? ($6 or so for fish sandwich, $9 for two fish sticks and a small pile of fries?)
Fountain Drinks have one free refill.
There is outdoor seating at picnic tables, which is awfully hot in the sun, even in mid-May!, and some sheltered seating under the deck. Both are awfully close to a busy thoughfare and suffer from traffic noise.
A separate booth (operated as a separate business of sorts) serves ice cream, sells post cards and greeting cards, and coffee drinks. The ice cream is "Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream" which at least is a local brand.
However, I should point out that Yelp and a few other places rate this place fairly high, so perhaps I'm just used to cheaper restaurants than the Seattle scene provides.
It's OK, but if you want to experience Seattle Seafood, the quality at Ivar's Seafood Bar (the fast food section of the restaurant on the waterfront) is somewhat better, has cheaper food, less auto traffic noise, and a location right on the water.
If its something close to the Ballard Locks you need, there are alternatives that look better that aren't too far away. For example, if you go to the west end of the Ballard Locks parking area, you will find Totem House Seafood and Chowder - I didn't eat there, but they look like a better alternative. Ballard Kiss Cafe and Port Chatham Smoked Seafood are just two blocks east of the locks entrance. You'll find a few more if you keep heading east into Ballard, but that's getting a bit further away from the locks too.
Favorite Dish: I'm not sure I can describe any of these as a "favorite", but I did have the "True Cod" and chips, which cost $9.50 and was a fairly small pile of deep fried food for the price.
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