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Local’s Guide to the Pike Place Market: Noontime Fuel-Up

Casual Market lunches with enough octane to power an afternoon of exploration.

By Jessica Voelker June 3, 2011

Three Girls Bakery

Image: Young Lee

Chicken Valley
A combo pack of gizzards, livers, and hearts is just $3. Afraid of freaking out the kids? No need to tell them which part of the chicken that greasy, crunchy goodness came from.
Dessert As long as we’re dipping into deep-fried food, might as well grab a sack of mini doughnuts from nearby Daily Dozen.

Crumpet Shop
There’s no telling what will and won’t be in stock; it’s all part of this family-run bakery’s quirky charm. If they’ve got it, opt for hearty French lentil soup dressed with sour cream and cilantro and a spongy crumpet topped with tomato, basil pesto, and English farm cheese.
Dessert A pumpkin cookie from Cinnamon Works.

Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar
Curmudgeonly Seattle journalist Emmett Watson was the original co-owner of this hidden cranny lined with sky-blue booths. Broiled oysters are a specialty but the basket of fried shrimp and French fries will not disappoint.
Dessert Skip dessert and order another 
local brew.

I Love New York Deli
A perfect deli lunch: an I Love New York Reuben, piled high with corned beef shipped straight from NYC. We love it with a pickle and a bag of Wise potato chips.
Dessert Cinnamon and walnut rugelach from Three Girls Bakery.

Market Grill
If you can claim a stool at this blip of a lunch counter in the middle of the Arcade madness, do it. Then ask for a blackened fish sandwich—halibut or salmon, whichever’s the better catch that day.
Dessert Flaky baklava from Mr. D’s Greek Delicacies.

Pizza in the display case tempts, but it’s the Sierra Chicken panino—stuffed with chicken, chipotle mayo, smoked gouda, red onion, tomato, and greens—that’s the must-try.
Dessert If you grew up with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, don’t miss the chance to try Turkish delight candy at Turkish Delight.

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