Jack's Fish Spot and Crab Pot

A Walk through Seattle: Pike’s Place – Jack’s Fish Spot and Crab Pot Followed by a (Few) Glass of Wine at the Truffle Shop

Pike’s Place is definitely a tourist destination. However, that does that preclude it for having incredibly worthwhile bites (although some shops may be over-hyped and are not worth the imposed wait).

Jack’s Fish Spot and Crab Pot

Jack's Fish Spot and Crab Pot

Jack’s Fish Spot and Crab Pot – Buy some fresh seafood or have them steam/fry ’em right up

Among the many fish markets, Jack’s has a reasonable line with the freshest of seafood cooked-to-order. They have a broad selection of fresh fish as well as smoked fish that can be packaged and bag checked for any traveler hoping to bring a bit of Pacific Northwest seafood back home.

During my walk through Pike’s Place we took a bite of the classics: a dish of freshly made cod fish and chips w/ garlic fires, and a good ol’ bucket of steamers.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – Fried Cod with a light crispy outside and a juicy flaky inside

The fried fish had a puffy batter to get a good texture with crispiness on the outside and tender, juicy softness in the middle. Naturally, the cod was fresh and succulent. I wouldn’t expect less from fresh fish.

Steamers

Steamers of mussels and clams; adding a bit of clarified butter and a squeeze of lemon makes eating these suckers pure bliss

The steamers were wonderful. It should not be surprising that the key to steamers is the freshness of the shellfish – there is very little other ingredient involved. A hearty serving of mussels and clams with lemon and clarified butter is definitely the right way to enjoy shellfish at Pike Place. Without being too fishy, the bowl of steamers had a freshness that hints towards being freshly picked off the ocean. While the taste of the steamers were incredibly well balanced, clarified butter always help smooth out and enhance the mineral taste of fresh shellfish.

The Truffle Shop

Nothing beats the pairing of fresh shellfish along with a glass of white wine – particularly a refreshing, chilled glass of Chablis or prosecco. The micro-bubbles tickle the tongue and the mineral aftertaste ties in with the savory mineral taste of the ocean. The creaminess in the wine further enhances the shellfish taste in a similar way to butter. With those thoughts in mind, we strolled into a local wine and truffle shop in Pike Place for a wine tasting. The owner, is an extremely friendly and talkative Seattleite originally from southern California. He is well versed in his Italian wine and boasts about his experience visiting local family vineyards that are too small to export. We learned quite a bit about the less prominent wine regions in Italy and the history behind each of the vineyards whose wine we were tasting.

Truffle House Wine Tasting

Wine tasting at the Truffle House

In my flight, I enjoyed a prosecco, a pinot grigio, and a blend. The prosecco, in particular, really brought me back to the steamers enjoying the steamers earlier as it picked at the mineral aftertaste of shellfish in my mouth.

Aside from wine tasting, the Truffle Shop also has a variety of dips that pairs incredibly well with wine or your favorite bruschetta. This ranges from black truffle with olive oil, Italian hazel nut spread, truffle with mustard and garlic, and more – all which is free for tasting while browsing the shop.

The shop is definitely a worthwhile place for wine tasting and to relax while visiting Pike’s Place. I would especially recommend visiting after consuming a few bites of fresh seafood.

Sakenomi-tasting

A Walk through Seattle: Discovering a Retail Sake Bar Called Sake Nomi

While walking through Seattle, my friend and I was looking for an izakaya-type restaurant to enjoy grilled meats and good sake. After wandering around Pike Place, a wine vendor recommended us to try a “legit” place called Sake Nomi.

Sakenomi-sign

A small sign on the sidewalk directs the wandering customer into a sake bar

Tucked along a small narrow street in Pioneer Square, Sake Nomi is a small retail Sake shop with a Sake tasting bar. Upon entering Sake Nomi (translating to drink sake), the customer is confronted with a plethora of shelves stocking various Sake bottles, barrels, and labels.

Sake Shop

The sake “bar” is really a sake specialty shop with all kinds of sake

The owner, Johnnie, opened Sake Nomi with his wife Taiko after traveling in Japan for years. It would be a mistake to think of Sake Nomi as a regular sake bar or an izakaya Continue reading