June 1, 2016 by Terumi
Technically I’ve been to the Crumpet Shop in Pike Place Market before so it isn’t totally a place I haven’t been in the market, BUT because I’m usually at the market when the Crumpet Shop is closed, I haven’t been there FOREVER and I ended up visiting on a day when it was open and decided it had to totally qualify for my 52 weeks of Pike Place Market eating. I was dying for a crumpet. They are such an interesting pastry and I love that they are made right in the market. I need to hang around this place a little more because I’m oh so very curious about how exactly they are made and you can get a little peek of them when you sit down in the restaurant. I wonder how the little holes get in the top of the crumpet and I wonder if I can make them at home. Do you know? Is there a place where you can go and see crumpets being made? (And I’m sorry if you’ve been reading and realize I’m a little behind in my Pike Place Market restaurant updates-we’ve been traveling a bit lately and I haven’t been able to update!)
So when I went to the Crumpet Shop I made sure I at least tried a crumpet I have never tried before.
I got a savory crumpet. (It was so hard to choose a savory one when I love the ones dripping with honey and butter or Nutella or anything sweet, but I needed this to be lunch too.)
It was delightfully crispy and soft at the same time which is what I think makes a perfect crumpet. The pesto and tomato complemented the crumpet quite nicely too. I took mine to go and I probably inhaled it within 30 minutes of leaving the market, but I overheard someone saying they are best eaten within 10 minutes of being prepared. I would not mind re-doing this research to see if that is true.
So if you are in the market on a day the Crumpet Store is open and want to try one of the iconic businesses that has been around in the market forever, the Crumpet shop is definitely a perfect place to try. I would suggest eating with a few friends so you can try both savory and sweet crumpets because both are terrifically tasty and if you come all way to Seattle to have a crumpet you might as well try a whole bunch.
(PS. I noticed that Shug’s Soda Fountain is nearby and now open and I’m so excited to have a cute little ice cream shop in the market too! It even has a cool mechanical horse for the kids! I almost stopped in there today but it was lunch time and I wasn’t sure how I could count an ice cream sundae as lunch on a day so close to bathing suit season….)