As you can see tell from my previous posts, I don’t really spend that much time with my family. So last weekend I headed down to Seattle with my parents for some shopping, sight seeing and eating. Having never been to downtown Seattle, I chose the most touristy thing to do, which is to visit the pike place market and have lunch at the famous crab pot.
Pike place is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Seattle and the bustling crowd really proved that. The line up outside the first ever Starbucks was insane and everything being sold at the market was extremely over priced. Despite all this , I really enjoyed the rustic atmosphere of pike place. It was controlled chaos at its finest and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back.
After walking around the market, we headed to the Crab Pot Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant was located right next to the water and was famous for the sea feast. The concept of the sea feast is to steam an assortment of seafood with corn andouille sausage and potatoes, then dump the entire platter onto the table and have the diners disassemble everything with a wooden mallet. Knowing the portions are gonna be big, we ordered two of the Westport feasts ($25.95 each) and a fried clams platter ($8.95).
First to arrive was the fried clam platter and it was not too impressive. Instead of frying the clams whole with a thin layer of batter, the ones here were cut into strips and covered with a thick layer of batter. All I could taste was the salty batter and very little clam flavor. The fries were the generic Costco type but they were pretty crispy and well seasoned, with only a few at the bottom of the platter being soggy.
The Westport sea feast arrived shortly after and as predicted the portion size was enormous. The food filled up half of the table and included dungeness crab, snow crab, mussels, and shrimp, all of which had the shells on. All the seafood tasted fresh except for the shrimp, which had a mushy texture indicating they were previously frozen. Most of the mussels were plump and the clams had no sand in them. The crab legs were full of meat and the natural sweetness of the crab was further accentuated by the clarified butter. I would have liked more seasoning because some of seafood had no flavor other than the natural sweetness from the ingredients themselves. The corn, sausage and potatoes did their job at filling us up.
As you can see, contrary to popular belief, the Crab Pot is acceptable for a tourist restaurant. Other than the fried clams, the food tasted pretty good.The restaurant had a fun family atmosphere and I enjoyed disassembling the food together with my parents. Sure the food isn’t gonna rock your world but the pricing was fair for the location so I recommend you at least give this place a try because the dining experience was definitely unique.