Lowell’s at Pike Place Market

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!

Happy Hashcapades,
Clark