Linguine Alle Vongole
The Pink Door
Seattle’s shellfish strikes again, this time coming out Italian-style from this fun spot (with a killer deck). Backed up with pancetta, garlic, and chilies, the sauce is light with white wine and briny thanks to the clams.
Tacos al pastor
There are not many places in Seattle to watch the trompo (vertical rotisserie) spin as your al pastor cooks, but this Market stand does Mexican food much like you’d find it in Mexico. You’ll smell this stand before you get there and it smells like walking through a Mexican market, with masa cooking on the griddle and the meaty al pastor spinning.
Uli’s sausages have long been a Market favorite. Customers would snack at the counter, eat them in meals at other local restaurants, and take them home. Now that Uli’s has its own new restaurant, you can plop right down with a liter or two of beer and dig in. Pick any two to four sausages from their selection and they’ll come with cabbage and sauerkraut. The bratwurst is a good place to start, but the hot Italian is also a star.
Though most of the store is about spices (and it’s a spice store worth exploring), it’s not a cool fall or winter day without stopping in for a few sips of the signature cinnamon-orange tea -- sweet, warm, and intriguingly spiced.
Nachos can often be ranked by the number of different kinds of cheese involved, so these ones score a four: a strong showing. The giant pile of holy mess also comes with all the usual fixin’s: guacamole, refried beans, crema, jalapeños, and pico de gallo. And yes, you can add your choice of meat (or, as the case could be, non-meat Soyrizo).
Something about pistachio’s buttery style of nuttiness makes it the perfect flavor of gelato, and this Market shop nails the classic: salty, earthy, creamy, and beautifully light green.
Grab a pisco sour and one of these juicy Bolivian-style empanadas and get yourself to the Copacabana’s sun-drenched deck. A gem that’s been hiding in plain sight for 50 years, this Bolivian restaurant is a Market treasure that shouldn’t be overlooked.