You’re still the one, Market.

I was excited when my coworker sent me news this morning that GQ’s Alan Richman has included The Walrus and the Carpenter, Renee Erickson’s Ballard oyster bar, among the 10 Best New Restaurants in America. No arguments here.

But then.

“The Walrus and the Carpenter feels like a throwback to an earlier era of Seattle dining. It reminds me of the once wonderful Pike Place Market, long before it got touristy and bland.”

I could comment extensively on why this statement is inaccurate but it all just sounds silly and defensive.

But one thing I must say about the Market, my very favorite place in this city. Yes, it attracts tourists. But it is not touristy! Anyone who has ever spent time there—cheering burlesque at the CanCan, popping fried oysters at Emmett Watson’s, watching the boats go by while scarfing up a gooey reuben from I Love New York Deli —can tell you that much. Seattleites share Pike Place with the tourists because we are awesome like that, but we have not ceded it.

Congrats to lovely Walrus, an utterly charming new addition to the Seattle dining scene.

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