One of the best things about living in Downtown Seattle is having easy pedestrian access to Pike Place Market. The Market is a good place to get fresh fish/produce to take home, and is also a good place to grab a quick lunch on the go.
A new addiction I have cultivated in the last month or so is the Seafood Bisque at a place called ‘Pike Place Chowder’, about a block uphill from the market in Post Alley.
This stuff is comprised of salmon, cod, calamari, and shrimp, and every time I take a bite, I swear I feel my pecker move ever so slightly.
At $7.25 per 16oz cup, this stuff is not cheap. Then again, it’s not ridiculously expensive. Lunch at McDonald’s probably runs $5, so we’re talking about a 45% markup here to eat actual food. If you absolutely crave carbohydrates, you can get the chowder in a bread bowl for $8.75. I refuse to pay a buck fifty for freaking bread, so I always stick with the large cup.
The employees aren’t all that polite (my friend referred to them as Soup Nazis the first time I went), but it doesn’t really bother me. I don’t go there to make friends. I go there to eat dead fish embalmed in milky tomato smegma.
If you do the same, you should probably be warned … it’s strangely addictive. The first time I ordered the chowder, I figured that I would eat it once and be done with it. It didn’t go down that way, however. I kept returning back for more. As a matter of fact, I think PPC should give the first bowl away for free. Business would probably double in very short order.
If you are a fan of seafood, and a fan of soup, this is one of those things you owe yourself to try.