If you live in Seattle you may shy away from the tourist spots as many of us do. And that description includes many of the places around Pike Place Market. But there are lots of gems in the area. Some of the little hole-in-the-wall places have great ethnic foods and many of the larger places are true Seattle icons that attract tourists but for good reason.
Etta’s Seafood is one of the Tom Douglas restaurants and it’s located at the site where Tom started coming into prominence as a chef, the old Café Sport. Last Saturday M and I were looking for a breakfast spot and decided to go back to this market staple. Once settled into to a window table we ordered a couple pots of tea to start our breakfast. Then, I ordered Huevos Rancheros and she had the French Toast. Both dishes were fresh, flavorful and filled with the little extras that Douglas’ restaurants employ.
My beans were so good I could have made a meal of them on their own! But I also loved the cheese-filled tortilla, chipotle creme fraiche and perfectly cooked eggs that graced my plate. Her French toast was elevated by slightly sweet vanilla-laced creme fraiche and crispy, smoky bacon.
With our window seat we had the added pleasure of being entertained by passing tourists and locals. The only way the experience could have been improved would have been the addition of a full-on sunny day. But it was nice enough that after breakfast I took a little stroll through the market and made some great finds at the Cost Plus at the north end of the market. Pretty nice way to roll into the weekend.
2020 Western Ave
Pike Place Market