This is the second part of a two part post about my day out in Seattle with my sister B. If you didn’t catch my first post make sure to go back and read it so you know what is going on…
So after our harbor tour we decided to head off to lunch. We walked from Pier 56 back to Pike Place Market. The walk would have been easy if it wasn’t for the 50 million stairs we had to climb. I know there is an elevator you can take up to the market but my sister decided tipsy exercise was going to be good for us. After crossing the street and heading up those 50 million steps we were back on Pike. We wanted food that was super yummy but fast and inexpensive. I remembered that in Post Alley there was Pike Place Chowder. I had seen it several times on a top 10 list on Yelp and had wanted to try it for awhile. All I had to say was chowder and my sister was in. When we got there I decided to get the New England clam chowder with a fresh squeezed lemonade, while my sister got the seared scallop chowder with water. My clam chowder was amazing. The clams tasted fresh, the potatoes were tender and the flavor was spot on. The lemonade was also amazingly good. It wasn’t too sweet or too tart, it was perfect. After eating half of mine I switched with my sister so we could try both. The seared scallops was really good with a nice flavoring of dill. The scallops were nice and tender as well. I would recommend both for trying.
After lunch we were going to catch a Lyft to take us to Pioneer Square but upon further review of the map decided it wasn’t worth paying someone to drive us 10 blocks. We simply walked down 1st ave and within 10 minutes were at our destination, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. We bought our tickets the night before on there website and printed them out. All we had to do was hand them to the woman at the ticket counter, she gave us our bracelets and we were good to go. We were about 10 minutes early so we decided to sit outside on a park bench since it was such a warm, sunny day and people watching in Pioneer Square is never boring. Pioneer Square is where to city seems to converge on itself with a high population of the homeless living amongst million dollar newly refurbished lofts. You never know who or what you will see there and it is always interesting.
After people watching for awhile we headed into the tour. For the beginning part of the tour we got to sit for about 10 minutes and learn how Seattle came out and the founders who help it along. After walking most of the day sitting was quite nice but I was more excited to get underground to see what I was walking above all day. Our tour guided showed us 3 different locations and gave us a ton of unfiltered information about Seattle, the city’s growing pains and how the underground came about and ended. He was very informative and friendly and able to answer all our questions. To me, it was money well spent. But after all that walking both my sister and I were famished.
My sister wanted to eat seafood since the midwest isn’t abundant with it so I obliged. We headed to Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar for some happy hour oysters. It was an easy 5 blocks and we were there in 5 minutes time. We ordered a half dozen oysters as well as a dirty vodka martini and a bloody Mary. I thought the oysters tasted fresh but the sauce the gave was lacking in flavor. It wasn’t the usual mignonette sauce that is served with oysters and I just found it unappealing. My sister liked it though, so it didn’t go to waste. The martini was accidentally made with gin but once we let the server know he quickly got us one made with vodka. The bloody Mary was extra spicy. I’m not sure why, that wasn’t how I ordered it and it was somewhat unpleasant. The bloody Mary sat on the table and didn’t move much, it was unfortunate. After eating the oysters we decided they were so good we wanted another half dozen. Then we came to the conclusion that we were just hungry so we should order real food off the menu. I ordered the fried shrimp po’ boy with fries while my sister got the house broil. My sister’s dinner was delicious. The broth was creamy and buttery, the clams were cook perfectly and I was jealous. The shrimp po’ boy was fine if you like your sandwich smothered in spicy thousand island dressing. Oh, and the shrimp was NOT fried but filleted into curls. How that is even possible is beyond me but they did it. It was also unfortunate. I decided that oyster happy hour for oysters and only oyster was a yes at Taylor’s but nothing else was okay to consume unless you were my sister.
After the not so great drink I had, we knew we had to go somewhere else for more drinks. We looked up bars in the area and came up with Damn The Weather, a hip and trendy bar on 1st ave. We had to wait about 5 minutes for a table since the bar was full but that gave us time to peruse the menu. After looking through we knew we needed to get dessert too. So my sister got a Moscow mule while I got an agricultural punch and we split the toffee cake with coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce. Everything was amazing. My drink was spot on and delicious, I actually finished it before my sister finished hers which never happens. My sister’s Moscow mule was yummy as well and if she had let me I would have drank it for her. The cake was moist and flavorful but my favorite part was actually the ice cream. If I could have gotten a heaping bowl of it I would have, wouldn’t have even cared that I looked like a pig gobbling it down. My sister’s favorite part was the chocolate sauce which I agree was very good as well. After scraping all the chocolate and ice cream off the plate and drinking our drinks we were worn out after a long day of trekking around Seattle and headed home. And that was my day in Seattle.