Since Buddha Girl has never been, the main focus of this trip was Pike Place Market. Originally, we only had a few places in mind to try, but after experiencing small portions at breakfast, we ended up snacking here quite a bit.
CHICKEN VALLEY FARM STORE
Knowing Buddha Girl loves chicken hearts and gizzards, I immediately had her get an order of each. I recall Churches Chicken used to have gizzards, and pretty good ones too.
The Chicken Hearts were plump and chewy. The Chicken Gizzards were nicely deep-fried to a chewable crunch. Despite the extreme saltiness and grease, Buddha Girl enjoyed these snacks.
PIKE PLACE CHOWDER
Colleen did her homework and wanted to try this particular place, mainly for its clam chowder in a bread bowl.
This little soup and sandwich shop wasn't too hard to find, but it was packed with people, both inside and out.
Colleen went for the classic New England Clam Chowder, served in a sourdough bowl. This rich and creamy soup had plump and meaty clams. Bacon was a good addition to the soup, along with a nice mix of herbs.
Buddha Girl and I shared a "4 Cup Chowder Sampler". The Seafood Bisque (top left) had fish, scallops and shrimps. The bisque was not too rich, but it was extremely flavorful. The Crab & Shrimp in Clear Soup (bottom left) was tasty and "ching" (清). The New England Clam Chowder (top right) was our favorite. It was smooth and had lots of bacon bits. The Smoked Salmon Chowder (bottom right) had a nice hint of capers. All worth returning for more.
Marv and I shared a Dungeness Crab Roll. The crab meat itself was good but the bun was a bit too big and doughy. The meat to bun ratio wasn't balanced.
I picked up a Lemonade for Buddha Girl while Marv picked up a Strawberry Lemonade for Colleen. Both were refreshing.
MEE SUM PASTRY 美心餅家
I took the opportunity and tried everything and anything interesting. Before the trip, I read that this place has good "hom baos", but after seeing some pictures online, I opted to try something else.
I didn't want to waste my precious stomach room on a filler, so I picked up only two Crab Rangoons, one to share between each couple.
Filled with fake crab meat and cream cheese, this $2/piece garbage was immediately dumped after one bite.
While walking around the market sourcing for food, we walked by a little candy store. Buddha Girl was immediately attracted to this true "gummy" bear.So, did the food stop here? Of course not. Due to the limitation of tagging labels, we had to separate this long post into two parts. Part two coming up next...