The chilly, salty waters of Puget Sound make for terrible swimming for humans, but the perfect environment to raise sweet, plump shellfish. While an hour isn’t enough time to get out to the bays and inlets where the world’s best seafood comes from, Taylor, one of the area’s largest growers of oysters, Dungeness crabs, mussels, and clams, brings their product directly to consumers at their Pioneer Square shop. Order fresh-shucked oysters by the dozen, steamed mussels, and cracked crab, and it’s like those three blocks between you and the saltwater aren’t even there.
Insider Tip: Order the giant clam called geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) -- it’s a local specialty that goes for the big bucks in China, but whose crisp, briny bite is affordable here.
Estimated Time Spent: 45 Minutes