I’ve been volunteering at the Pike Place Market in Seattle for a little while now and I’m still surprised that every time I visit I find some place that’s new to me. There are so many neat little shops and vendors and they are all so unique-the other day I found myself in a corridor I hadn’t explored before and ended up at a miniature car dealer that my guys would just love to see the next time they come to the market with me.
I’m definitely excited that the market is expanding this year because it is not only a fabulous shopping and eating venue, but a caring place that supports seniors, low-income neighbors and preschoolers and I don’t think there is any other shopping location in the world quite like our Pike Place Market.
So where do I eat when I stop in at the market?
I’m a little scared to tell you because although this lunch spot is super popular, the tables where I always sit are not and they’re what make this place particularly perfect.
But here goes:
I grab my lunch at the deli in Delaurenti’s, a delightful specialty food and wine store (where I buy my kids’ favorite noodles and hard to find chocolate bars) and I wander up to the area where they sell wine and where I’ve noticed that they’ve added a bunch of tables and chairs. I get my meal “eat in” instead of “to go” and it comes plated like I’m committing to have a sit-down lunch. Then I enjoy a quick market lunch that feels way more indulgent than 15-20 minutes usually allows.
And in this little alcove, I can still hear the buzz of the market.
I can think about all the things that live on the shelves of the store and how I can use them in my kitchen.
And I can have a few little moments to myself.
All while I’m eating my amazing under 10 dollar farro salad. (What is not pictured here is the chocolate chunk cookie that is a requirement for any lunch at Delaurentis. I really don’t know of any more perfect chocolate chunk cookie in Seagle and it’s probably why this is my favorite lunch in Seattle too)
Do you have a favorite market stall or place to eat? Have you been to Pike Place Market?