Matt’s in the Market

Written by on September 26, 2013 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Pike Place Market, Downtown Seattle, Washington

Matt's in the Market Welcome

How I heard of this place: An old friend invited me out to a birthday lunch and suggested Matt’s among her list of restaurants she was eager to try. A brief look at the menu, where ingredients and menu are determined by what is available daily at the market below, and I was sold!

Matt's in the Market Menu

Type of cuisine: Although the restaurant seems to have been part of the market forever, Matt Janke founded it in 1996. The tiny (then only 23 seats), primitively equipped restaurant attracted a fiercely loyal clientele, drawn by imaginative cuisine that changed constantly based on what was available from the stalls downstairs.

After spending a year as Matt’s working partner, Dan Bugge took over as owner. Dan and his staff have made major upgrades throughout the restaurant including a new kitchen, seamlessly expanding both in size and seating capacity, and adding a sparkling bar that is astonishingly well-stocked.

With our unflagging passion to create a memorable culinary experience for every diner, our daily celebration of the Market as the prime source of both inspiration and ingredients, our lasting respect for the traditions of the Market assures the torch has been successfully passed.

Matt's in the Market View

Being located in the Market is like having the best vegetable garden, the best fruit orchard, the best flower garden, and the best purveyors of fish, meat, cheese, and dairy at your door.

Every day, Executive Chef Shane Ryan creates a menu based on the best ingredients the Market currently has to offer, selectively augmented by the choicest fare from around the Pacific Northwest and the world, with unswerving dedication to deliver unforgettable culinary pleasures every time.

Ambiance: “Many say that the Pike Place Market is the heart of Seattle. Located on the third floor of the Corner Market Building, Matt’s in the Market is in the center of it all.

Matt's in the Market Bar

Offering spectacular views of Elliott Bay, the Olympics, and the Market’s famous clock through its charming arched windows, Matt’s intimate setting makes you feel you are part of the ceaseless ebb and flow of the Market, witness to the very heartbeat of our beautiful city.

Matt's in the Market Dining & Bar

Savoring every morsel of this blissfully delicious food, you realize that here in the heart of Seattle, you have discovered its soul.

Matt's in the Market Kitchen & Dining

What I ordered: With great difficulty in narrowing down our favorite options, we solicited the advice of our server.

To share, we started with the Chips & Dip ($7), house made salt-pepper chips, hot bacon-caramelized onion dip,

Matt's in the Market Chips

and the Beet Salad ($10) with Belgian endive, Grana Padano, drizzled with a fine herb champagne vinaigrette.

Matt's in the Market Beet Salad

For our main entree, at the suggestion of my friend, we shared the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15), coffee BBQ sauce, cabbage slaw and aioli on brioche with a warm yukon gold potato salad.

Matt's in the Market BBQ Pulled Pork

What I loved: The flavor sensation of the meal was attributed, in full, to the Chips & Dip! The Dip being the main contender in this culinary competition of flavors. Smoky bacon, gooey cheese and sweet caramelized onions paired with salty, grease-laden, house-made potato chips is more heavenly than a pink cloud on a warm, summer evening.

Matt's in the Market Chips & Dip Close-Up

Why I loved it: Friendly service, a bustling atmosphere, sweetly quiet views of the busy market street below and the warmth and coziness of an indoor establishment full of natural light and tantalizing food.

Cost: Average ($10 – $16 per lunch entree)

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