I love trying new places, but in Seattle’s Pike Place Market where I already have some lovely dependable favorites, it can be a bit terrifying to eat somewhere new. WHAT IF I CHOOSE WRONG??? What if this meal opportunity is RUINED? And then I realize I sound like my 7-year-olds when they are faced with something new and I am supposed to be a “grown up”. (Remind me to go a little easier on them the next time they don’t want to try something new….) So this 52 weeks of trying new things at Pike Place Market is good for me.
I often see a line up of people at La Vaca Burrito Express while I’m in the line up for a sandwich or salad at Delaurentis. La Vaca is one of the tiniest food windows I’ve ever seen. There is barely room for two people and a small counter inside. The menu outside the window may even take up more room than the establishment itself. But I noticed that there was a vegetarian mole on the menu and a whole bunch of other vegetarian options and I’m always looking for ways to reduce the amount of meat we consume.
So I ordered some kind of enchilada combo with beans and vegetarian mole. There was a little bit of a wait and I probably could have wandered over to Botegga Italiana like I saw another regular do (where they make my FAVORITE gelato ever: mojito is really really good) but then I might have spoiled my appetite and that would never do.
My meal was huge and I think I only paid around $7.50 for a platter of food, a diet Coke and a little paper bag with multiple napkins and some cutlery.
I took my meal over to a little public eating nook beside the Daily Dozen Donuts. It has enough space for about 8 people but I ended up with the whole nook to myself and I almost felt like I was all alone in the market while I watched people go by. And then I realized that if I could see them, they could see me too and my messy but delightful mega enchilada meal was not as private as I thought. Thanks goodness for the thoughtful handful of napkins. I think my kids will like this place too.
(PS I eat weekly at Pike Place Market and I’m trying a new place each week for 2016. If you have a Pike Place Market favorite, I’d love to hear where you go!)