Just got back to San Francisco from Seattle yesterday, and already I miss Seattle seafood!
Clam Chowder Showdown
Pike Place Market is the most popular tourist attraction in Seattle.
The two most famous shops there are Pike Place Chowder and Original Starbucks. Tourists always line up to get in.
The guide on the “Seattle City History from Underground Tour” that I recently joined pointed out those two shops by name and said, “I recommend Caffe Umbria for coffee shops and The London Plane for restaurants without standing in line for those touristy places!
We went to Pike Place Chowder on a cold, rainy weekday, so we were able to order with only about 4 or 5 people in line. However, on a sunny weekend, there were lightly 30 people in line.
Call me touristy, but honestly, it’s delicious!!!
The seafood bisque, with its surprisingly large amount of seafood, is my favorite, but so is the clam chowder, which is very rich and full of seafood broth, and I had a very happy time.
We went there three times during our six-day stay.😊
The Pike Place Market store is always crowded, but I recommend the other store, Pacific Place Center, as there was never a line anytime I went there.
As one would expect from a restaurant that caters to tourists, the website even had a carefully crafted menu in Japanese!
Arriving back in San Francisco yesterday, let’s compare the taste of clam chowder! I came up with the idea and went to Fisherman’s Wharf immediately.
It’s not a comparison level at all, it’s Seattle’s Pike Place Chowder overwhelming victory!
The Crab Pot
My husband had been to Seattle many times because of his work.
There is a restaurant he enjoyed before, so he wanted to take us there while Tomoki was here, but we gave up going because of the cold and ended up eating at the hotel every night.
The day Tomoki returned to Arizona, it was a beautiful sunny day, so we strolled around the Pier and finally arrived at the restaurant we were looking for, The Crab Pot.
A boldly steamed seafood (crab, shrimp, mussels, scallions, salmon, etc.), corn, and potatoes are tossed on the table.
Instead of plates and cutlery, small cutting boards, hammers, and forks are prepared, so crabs are eaten by breaking them with a hammer.
I went to similar shops in Singapore and Shinjuku, but wondered where is the original?
When I get back to Japan, I’m going to start making seafood bisque with seafood from Onjuku, remembering the taste of Seattle’s Pike Place Chowder!