T+L Reports: Best Bites--Seattle
Pike Place Market- Seattle's famed farmer's market, going strong since 1907- is one of the city's biggest attractions. It's also just plain big. We asked restaurateur Tom Douglas, of Seattle favorites Palace Kitchen, Etta's Seafood, and Dahlia Lounge, to pick the spots that visiting foodies shouldn't miss.
1. Le Panier Very French Bakery A popular shop selling baguettes and pastries. Especially good are the feuilletés, puff pastries filled with chicken, cheese, and vegetables. 1902 Pike Place; 206/441-3669.
2. Daily Dozen Doughnuts Locals wait in line for freshly baked treats. 93 Pike St., suite 7; 206/467-7769.
3. World Merchants Neatly labeled bins at this cornucopia of spices designate the country of origin, the taste, and how the product is used in cooking. Sip tea at the small café downstairs. 1509 Western Ave.; 206/682-7274.
4. Spanish Table Stocks Everything Spanish (and Portuguese), from gleaming copper paella pans to smoked paprika spice rubs, almond turrón candy, and cookbooks. 1427 Western Ave.; 206/682-2827.
5. Procopio The place to break for tasty grapefruit gelato. 1501 Western Ave., suite 300; 206/622-4280.
6. Athenian Inn Among the market's restaurants, the top place for great views of Elliott Bay and cheap, no-nonsense food. Try the sweet potato- and- turkey hash. Main Arcade; 206/624-7166; lunch for two $16.
7. Skunk Bay Mushrooms Get a kit to grow your own oyster ($15), shiitake ($20), or lion's mane ($10) mushrooms. 360/638-1069.
8. Pike & Western Wine Shop A magnet for lovers of specialty Northwest wines unavailable elsewhere. Look for Washington vintners Chinook, Cadence, Cavatappi, and Januik. 1934 Pike Place; 206/441-1307.