Matts in the Market, Seattle

by foodhoe on October 25, 2012

94 Pike Street, Suite 32, Seattle, WA 98101 | 206.467.7909 | website
Lunch 11:30 – 2:30 Mon-Sat | Dinner 5:30 – 10:00 Mon-Sat

Mr. K and I had time to grab a late lunch in Seattle before driving down to Tacoma to visit his niece.  I hadn’t prepared at all and relied upon the goodness that is chow.com to find somewhere for lunch near the famous Pike Place Market.  We walked around in awe, it was like Fisherman’s Wharf but not tacky! We took great pleasure in the displays of fresh fish but I’m sad to report that we didn’t see any fish flying overhead.

I chose Matt’s in the Market because it is right smack in the middle of things and serves seafood, which Mr. K was craving after walking around the market.  The restaurant is tucked away on the third floor overlooking the Market (that’s the view from our table above) and serves a menu that changes daily based on what was available from the stalls downstairs. It’s a great spot, filled with bright sunlight that streams in from the grand arched windows that surround the dining room.

I was possessed with a undeniable craving when I read House made salt and pepper chips with hot bacon caramelized onion dip ($7) on the menu.  The chips are golden and translucent, fried to a crisp in peanut oil and sprinkled with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

The browned and bubbling dish of bacon-and-caramelized-onion dip is rich and gooey made from a delectable combination of cream cheese, Grana cheese, sour cream, and mayo.  The crunchy chips are perfect to scoop up the ridiculously flavorful and addictive dip.

And of course I had to order the Pork Belly Confit Bánh mì ($16), topped with the requisite pickled daikon radish and carrot, slivers of fresno chilies, hoisin, cilantro sambal aioli, served on le panier baguette.  It came with what they call a simple side salad made of spring greens topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, blue cheese, roasted garlic dressing

That pork belly was luscious and tender, meaty at times crispy and coated with a sticky hoisin glaze that was unorthodox but somehow managed to fill in for the lack of pâté, which really wasn’t necessary along with all of the rich fatty meat.

Mr. K enjoyed the Halibut Fishwich ($18) with simple salad on the side.

The halibut was well seasoned and had a deliciously seared crust, topped with bibb lettuce, thin slices of sweet onion, a brightly flavored meyer lemon tarragon aioli on brioche bun.

We enjoyed our meal and the views, our server was attentive and so accommodating when I decided it was too hot in our sunny window seat and asked if we could move to a table across the way.  I want to come back to check out the dinner menu and dessert, the next time we are in town.

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Rosa October 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

Scrumptious sandwiches! A great place.

Cheers,

Rosa

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melissa October 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I am glad you enjoyed Pike’s but I didn’t. I tried to, I really did but it didn’t float my boat. We walked up to the Purple Cafe from the market and really had an enjoyable lunch though! Happy eating… :)

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foodhoe October 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

melissa, we paid $28 for 2 hours parking and only had time for a quick run through the market (I was with Mr. K who is notoriously anti-shopping in tourist areas), and really only had a cursory impression. I thought the market was lovely, which the SF Ferry Building and Farmer’s Market are modeled on. We didn’t have many interactions with people, but outside of the restaurant, I had a few interactions which were less than friendly and one vendor rolled her eyes at me and huffed to remind me that I was just one of many lame tourists in a tourist zone… overall, it was a mixed experience but we really enjoyed lunch at Matts!

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Ben @Focus:Snap:Eat October 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

Looks like a nice convenient option, much better than some of the tourist traps we have here at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I’m surprised though that you didn’t see any flying fish! Seems like they do that every day all the time for the tourists. They must have been on their breaks. ;-)

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grace October 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

bacon and caramelized onion dip sounds GLORIOUS!

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