Is this a tourist trap? Yes, it most certainly is. But they make good clam chowder, and we’re not going to look a sourdough bread bowl in the face and say no thank you. So wait in line, get your creamy soup, sprinkle some oyster crackers inside, and welcome to Seattle. Beware - the Pepto Bismol-looking smoked salmon chowder is heavy on the cream cheese and doesn’t really taste great, so stick to the clam.
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Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
Michou is an excellent deli Downtown at Pike Place Market that serves pressed sandwiches.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
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Bar Harbor is a New England-inspired restaurant in South Lake Union that serves seafood rolls and chowder.
Have a glass of natural wine with your tuna melt at Champagne Diner, an excellent modern diner in Interbay.
Despite the cheesy name, Uneeda Burger serves some of our favorite burgers in Fremont.
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Matt’s In The Market
Matt’s In The Market is a Pike Place institution for seafood and upscale American dishes.
Market Grill is a tiny counter downtown at Pike Place Market with delicious seafood sandwiches, chowder, and poke.
Tankard & Tun
Tankard & Tun is a restaurant Downtown at Pike Place that serves beer from Pike Brewing Co. and upscale pub food.
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