Pros: excellent food, trendy environment, marine surroundings, cozy, kids welcome.
Cons: not cheap, not very easy to find, you can't eat it all!
On Friday March 29th, my family and I went to a trip to Seattle and stayed at the Silver Cloud Inn just north of Seattle. As soon as we checked in we wanted to go out to find a place to have early dinner. Google maps showed us a couple of options and we decided on the one that had the most good reviews. Little did we know that we were to discover the best place for chowder in this part of the world.
The place is not very easy to find if you don't know the area. Had to ask for directions as you can't see it from the street. It is located right next to a Marina, so you're right on the dock, next to another restaurant. Looked like it was well known as it had lots of framed newspaper articles right when you go in. Got our table out if luck as it was packed. It is a sunny place, pub style, casual setting with a " just come in, relax, have glass of wine 'cause you're among friends" attitude. It seemed that a large part of the people there were the owners of the big yachts docked just outside the place: sun tanned, dark blue dockers, and stripped long sleeve cotton shirts sipping a glass of white wine. That kind of environment. This place could be right in the middle of a yacht club in Monaco. We got that feeling.
We had a basket of warm bread just out of the oven and we ordered a couple of 20 oz very cold beers. Service was quick. Lee took care of us. Really friendly and nice guy.
I went for a small crab chowder soup and a salmon sandwich in molasses bread. To die for. Simply the best. Their salmon is Alaskan. Wife had their signature clam chowder and crab cakes. All with yam fries with cracked pepper and coarse salt. Kids ordered burgers.
Food was first class and it didn't look or taste like manufactured cookie cutter food that I so dislike.
For dessert we had a warm marrionberry pie with vanilla ice cream. My daughters had freshly made chocolate chip cookies with ice cream. As a treat these were on the house. Nice gesture.
It came to $20 per person before tax. Totally worth it.
After this we had a nice walk around the dock. We will definitely return every time we go to Seattle.
Overall you really can't miss this place if you like first class chowder. The only downside is that it is not an easy place to find but make an effort, you won't be disappointed.
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