We have family visiting, so we took them on a couple of tours here in Seattle. Today I'll talk about the first one, which was Savor Seattle Food Tour. Seattle is a great city for Foodies, which I totally am. Our tour guide was Nick, and he did a great job. He actually remembered everyone's name, which was quite impressive. Dh has been on this tour once before during a morale event with his company, so he was familiar. I have always seen a Groupon or similar for this tour at a 50% discount, but now that I need it, there were no coupons available. Full price was $39.99 +tax+99 cents per ticket, roughly $45 per person. Bring cash for gratuity, if you would like to tip your tour guide. For a family of 4, it's quite pricey. My kids were good sports and tried just about everything.
We first meet up at an interesting location, the Market Theater. What's interesting is that the walls are covered in gum. This is one place where you don't want to lean against the walls. Yuck! I didn't have any gum of my own to add to the wall. Our first food stop was Daily Dozen Doughnuts. They are mini-doughnuts and the samples we got were cinnamon sugar. Fresh and hot, these were delicious. Nick said to try their maple bacon doughnuts. Next was MarketSpice where we had a sample of tea. The tea was very tasty. We also tried a smoky salt. It was definitely smoky and I imagine it would be great on grilled salmon. This place has a ton of spices, teas, and coffee to choose from and it seems their prices for the spices were very reasonable.
Next was Pike Place Fish. You may have seen them on FoodNetwork, they are famous for throwing the fish back and forth. Here we sampled 3 types of smoked salmon, including salmon jerky. My sister-in-law is not a seafood person, but she was adventurous and tried 2 out of the 3 offerings. I enjoyed them all.
At Frank's Quality Produce, we sample Honeycrisp apples and peaches. The very first time I tried a Honeycrisp apple was a few years ago. I wasn't sure what to think because it seemed very tart. I must not have had a good one because the next time I tried it, I loved it. They are crisp when bitten into and juicy sweet. Washington provides 2/3 of the world's apples, so you know we have great apples out here.
Pike Place Chowder was next and we got to try a couple of different soups. They had a couple of options for the non-seafood people. We tried the clam chowder (which won all kinds of awards) and the seafood bisque. I can't quite remember my thoughts on the soups, but it didn't blow me away. My daughter tried the chicken and corn chowder and said that it was delish.
Chukar Cherries was a great stop. We sampled 5 different cherry treats. Dried Bing cherry (too tart), milk chocolate cherry (yum), dark chocolate cherry (yum), raspberry covered cherry (eh), and honey pecan (super yum, but very rich). We also tried the cherry salsa with a tortilla chip and it was crazy good. We bought a box of all the treats we sampled, but we should have bought a jar of the salsa. Upon signing up for their email, we got a free box of chocolate covered cherries. Not sure if that was because we were part of the tour, but we got 10% off our purchases.
At Beecher's Handmade Cheese, you can see big vats of milk through the window being made into cheese. We had a sample of the Flagship cheese and some of their famous mac and cheese. I made this mac and cheese before and although it is good, it's very rich and I can only eat a little at a time.
Piroshky Piroshky is a Russian type of place. We tried their beef piroshky which is a meat mixture baked into a bread. It had some kind of a flavor or spice that was off putting for me, but the other people in our party liked it. We also tried the apple flavor and that was really good.
Etta's Seafood Restaurant was the last stop and we tried the crab cakes. Good, but by this time, I'm so full, it's hard to eat any more of any thing. My brother-in-law and husband were not impressed with these crab cakes, unfortunately. It could have been the shredded crab texture, but my in-law said he had better Maryland Crabcakes in Boston. He said the same for the clam chowder comparison from above. He claims he's not a foodie, but I think secretly he is.
The tour is 2 hours. We really enjoyed ourselves tasting all the food and learning fun facts about Pike Place Market and the vendors we visited. Our tour guide was informative, funny, and really kept us on schedule. It gets loud there so we had little audio devices, which enabled us to hear everything he said. I highly recommend this tour. It really is worth doing while visiting Seattle. As an extra bonus, we each got a discount card worth 10-15% off at their partner stores, good for 10 days.