Iconic. That’s how I’d describe Pike Place Market. Incomparable. That’s how I’d describe a warm sunny day on the Puget Sound. Hashcapade. That’s how I’d want to start the perfect day in Seattle, besides, of course, a decent cup of joe! As luck would have it, I experienced both. Read on, intrepid follower!
|A sign of good things to come.|
|The stall directly across from Lowell’s – Want!|
If you’ve never been to Pike Place Market, stall after stall of vegetables, flowers, art, seafood, and spices provide a dazzling sensory overload. Given coffee is a stimulant, it should come as no surprise that Starbucks originates from Pike Place, with mermaids to boot! Venti bold coffee of the day…check!
|Lisa waiting in line to order. Menu service also available.
Nestled in this cornucopia of plenty is Lowell’s, a long-time anchor at the market. In fact, their tongue-in-cheek sign says it all: “Almost Classy since 1957”! Their Slow-Braised Corned Beef Hash called to me like a Starbucks siren, er, mermaid as we queued up on a busy Sunday morning.
|Lowell’s has the view – can’t capture Puget Sound’s beauty in a photo though.|
Once we ordered and paid, Lisa and I hiked up the stairs to the third floor where an amazing view of Puget Sound greeted us. A photo can’t possibly capture the rugged beauty of the Olympics and the iconic ferries shuttling tourists and islanders back and forth. Heaven!
|Seattle’s Classic Slow-Braised Corned Beef Hash|
I’ve always considered corned beef hash to be the working horse of hash. It’s rustic. It’s basic. And it’s often the only type people have even tried. What I always find fascinating is how widely the presentation of the final dish varies from Lowell’s no-nonsense version to Fig’s fancy deconstructed version. Lowell’s was flavorful and hearty…almost classy!
Ever eaten at Lowell’s or had the quintessential corned beef hash? Tell me about it!