Dan Bugge, who owns Matt’s in the Market and Radiator Whiskey in Pike Place Market, is spinning off two waterfront restaurants, the first of which opens this Thursday. After testing the waters and peeping the fireworks show over Lake Union over the holiday weekend, 100-Pound Clam will be officially open for lunch at 1001 Fairview Avenue North come July 8.
Stroll up to the seafood shack for some interesting takes on fish-and-chips: Dill fries with pickle mayo, steamed mussels with Mama Lil’s peppers, leeks, and fennel, creamy halibut corn chowder with bacon and potato, plus more. And for those with a red meat hankering, try the smoked beef flap tail sandwich with swiss cheese and caramelized onions. As for seafood friendly booze, order crisp wines by the glass or bottle. Think Italian white wines and sparkling rosé. For beer on tap choose from a Maritime Pacific Brewery IPA or a pilsner or a witbier from Holy Mountain Brewing.
As we slowly inch toward consistently sunny days, this large, 16-table patio would be the place to spend them. It faces Lake Union and is adjacent to Bugge’s forthcoming White Swan Public House set to open later this month. But if you don’t feel like dining ashore, you’re in luck: 100-Pound Clam has four slips to dock your boat for carryout or, if even that is too close to land, they’ll also do dinghy delivery service for nearby vessels. Yes, beer too can be delivered because priorities. They’ll come in growlers snuggled in their own life jackets because again, priorities, people.
There's no official website quite yet, but 100-Pound Clam will be open for lunch from 11:30 to 7. As for opening day, there will be a party from 11:30 to 7 with free bites, discounted drinks, and likely plenty of sunshine.
This article has been updated to reflect that 100-Pound Clam will open on Friday, July 8, not Thursday, July 7, as previously reported.