Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Matts In The Market

Today my lovely wife and I went to the Market (Pike Place) for lunch. We were going to have French at Maximillians but it was closed. A bunch of restaurants were. What respectable restaurant closes on the 4th of July? It's not even a real holiday. Okay, I like Max's food so I'll cut them some slack. So anyways, our first choice was a bust but then we saw that an old Seattle favorite, Matt's In The Market, was re-opened after a year of revamping. It was open so we decided to give it a go. The service was great, the food was great (maybe a little uninspired in the plating department... a little garnish goes a long way), and the view was spectacular. We got a window seat with a view of Puget Sound and the sprawling market underneath. Restaurants in my beloved market have a strange feeling about them. Although they are usually filled with tourists, they rarely feel touristy and food is usually not tourist fare ("Here's some boiled salmon and apples, enjoy your stay in Seattle!"). Anyways, Matts was great. I had a fried Penn Cove oyster sandwich with a lentil bacon soup. The sandwich was on fresh potato bread (strange choice of bread I thought but it worked well) and the lightly fried oysters were juicy and tasted like the ocean. The lentil soup was full of creamy brown lentils, big chunks of bacon, and had a beautiful smokiness to it. Kelleen, had a sockeye salmon BLT. I guess it was actually a SSBLT. The salmon was cooked perfectly, plump and fresh. It came on a nice thick toast with a couple of heirloom tomato slices, bibb lettuce, and some thick strips of bacon. Why does everything taste better with bacon? I'd probably eat my own foot if it was wrapped in bacon. Am I right or am I right?! The thing about Matts that I really like was that they use only local, seasonal (maybe even organic?) ingredients from the market. There have no pretensions about their food, they just care that it's fresh and tasty.
Matt's In The Market

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