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Matt's in the Market

We had tickets to a rock concert on Friday night in Seattle, so we took advantage of the location to do a sort of pub crawl around the Pike Place Market beforehand. We had intended to start out at Elliott’s Oyster House for happy hour, for a real touristy sort of experience, but the place was jammed with people. Instead, we wandered up the hill climb to Le Pichet, our favorite French cafe.

Le Pichet

They had plenty of room, so we got a demi-pichet of Cotes de Gascogne white wine and a dish of very stinky olives, along with a sweet crunchy baguette. It was a perfect way to settle into the evening.

Le Pichet

Le Pichet

By the time we’d worked our way through the bread and olives, it was 5 o’clock, so we went back down through the market to give Zig Zag Cafe a try. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the cocktails here, and have been meaning to try it out for ages.

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Matt's in the Market

Pike Place market sign

Before last weekend, we had been to Matt’s in the Market twice: once before the remodel, for gumbo and the best catfish sandwich of my life, then once after the expansion with guests, for a¬†nice enough¬†lunch with a lot of attitude from the waiter. So we had gotten this idea of the new Matt’s as a sort of hip, interesting place to bring out-of-towners but not really anything special. Our last visit proved us wrong.

We had just wandered up out of the market after sharing a plate of really delicious mussels at Place Pigalle. We had landed a nice table there, by an open window looking out at the raincloud settling over Elliott Bay, and the food and wine were lovely, but it just didn’t suit our mood somehow – too quiet, maybe. So we went looking for somewhere a little more lively. Shea’s Lounge (just down the hall from Matt’s) was a possibility, but after looking at both menus we were caught by the salt cod-stuffed piquillo pepper rellenos on Matt’s appetizer list. We scored seats at the chef’s bar, where we could see salads being mixed and octopus being grilled, and settled in to agonize over the menu. Continue reading