Pear Delicatessen and Shoppe, where Leah and Adam were chomping at the bit to get "the best chicken salad sandwich." This shop was awesome, a warm inviting deli counter with reasonably priced soups, sandwiches, and entrees and shelves stocked with all sorts of gourmet pastas, sauces, condiments, and oils. Definitely my kind of place.
I ordered an in-house made deli giant dill pickle (1.79) and this pickly was DYNAMITE. Fresh, crunchy, crispy with just enough bite.
Leah stopped in at Cinnamon Works (tonnes of gluten free and vegan options) to grab a cookie. This wasn't just any cookie this was definitely a cookie designed for MOMMA. She picked the Wheat Free Monster Cookie ($3.75).
They list the ingredients in the bakery window and this behemoth is made up with oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, butter, eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda. I love any kind of peanut butter/butterscotch/chocolate combo and this was pretty freaking amazing. Chewy, warm, and gooey- Leah was generous enough to share and I'm so thankful that she did.
Then we wandered through the bowels of the busy market and launched into a sample tasting frenzy. Flavoured almonds, blueberry balsamic and vinegar, pepper jellies, fresh jams, lavendar honey, pumpkin butter, basil infused olive oil, chocolate pasta, jerky, fudge, produce, alder smoked salmon, dried veggie chips, lemon curd....I was almost too full and too overwhelmed to actually buy lunch. ALMOST.
I finally decided to go with my gut and a little bit of food blog research and headed to the Market Grill to get either a bowl of "Seattle's Best Clam Chowder" or a blackened salmon sandwich. The Market Grill is a very tiny bar with about 13 seats directly across from one of the larger seafood stalls. I wandered up to the bar and asked the tattooed and pierced gal working the counter, which I should go for- the chowder or the sandwich. Without skipping a beat, she said get both and punched up an order for a small chowder and half a Blackened Salmon sandwich with the works ($13.75).
I eagerly watched the giant pot of thick chowder bubbling on the stovetop and the fresh fillets of salmon coated in blackening spices before they hit the grill.
The clam chowder was amazing, definitely warranted of the "Seattle's best chowder" award. Creamy, without being too thick and overwhelming, this chowder balances the potato, clam, herb flavours perfectly. There was a generous amount of clams throughout and not too much potato or other fillers. I added some fresh pepper and hot pepper sauce for extra kick and the results were phenemonal.
My sandwich was fishy, ooey, gooey goodness. It was good I only got half, because this sandwich was stuffed and quite large. The tightly grilled baguette was from Pike Place bakery Le Panier and it was soft and chewy- which compliemented the soft sandwich fillings.
Inside was a generous fillet of wild coho salmon, blackened with spices and grilled to perfection, with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and oozing with an almost overwhelming amount (but it's sooooo good) tasty rosemary mayo.
The perfect end to a Pike Place Seattle food crawl!