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Our first full day in Seattle was amazing and full of attractions and sight seeing. So, so good. But with 72 Hours in Seattle – Day 2, it’s all about the food. F-O-O-D. Well, at least the first half of the day was. Seattle has some of the most amazing food. Yes, we took a break from eating to experience an amazing excursion and we’ll talk about that too. But first, let’s EAT!
We were up and ready to go fairly early on our second full day in Seattle, and we were hungry. Knowing the direction we would go today, we did not bother eating an official breakfast. We needed to save plenty of room for the upcoming onslaught of food we would intake. I wasn’t fully prepared…
We started off 72 Hours in Seattle – Day 2 with one thing in mind. Where will we eat today? We also knew the answer to that question before we even asked. If you have 24 hours, 72 hours, or 72 days in Seattle, Pike Place Market is an absolute must. Absolute. It’s been the top tourist spot in Seattle for many, many years. Please know it’s going to be crowded no matter what time you show up, but the earlier the better to avoid the lunch rush. Regardless of the crowd size, you just gotta go.
I’m not sure I can actually cover all of the food I consumed on 72 Hours in Seattle – Day 2 in one post, but I can try. So, here we go.
Ellenos – Lemon Curd AND Lemon Cheesecake Greek yogurt combo. They let you mix and match any flavor. Lemon Curd = to die for!
Beecher’s – Fresh made Mac-N-Cheese. They are making the cheese fresh in front of your eyes and turning it into some of the most mouth-watering cheese dishes you can imagine. I had to go for the best cheese dish in the world. I had another combo. This time half “World’s Best” and half Mariachi. Oooey, goooey, mac-n-cheesey goodness.
Pike Place Chowder – Oh my. There is a reason this place has been winning awards for 25+ years. Get here early, because the line gets really, really long. But once you get there…yummm. We had the chowder sampler and went with New England Clam Chowder, Smoked Salmon Chowder, Crab & Oyster Chowder, and Seafood Bisque…with a 1/2 Lobster Roll. All my husband asked for on this trip was lobster and chowder. My, oh my, oh my. When can we go back???
Mee Sum Pastry – I’ve been here once before, and while I could not remember the name of it, I most definitely remembered the food! I had to return for a hot and fresh Pork Hom Bow. The only problem is that I did not have enough room in my stomach to truly enjoy it. But I gave it the old college try, and it was tasty as I remember!
Piroshky Piroshky – I’ve never been to Russia, but based on this pastry experience, I’m booking my flights now! This is another one you will have to wait in line for. I was completely overwhelmed by the options here. The young girl at the counter was so patient with me and tried her best to help me make a decision (as there was a MASSIVE line behind me). Finally, after much debate, I decided on a Whole Baked Apple. I can’t. I just can’t. Complete and total love at first bite.
Pike Place Bakery – Basked fresh every day. I can’t believe I didn’t get a cannoli. But I did get a cute, little chocolate thumbprint cookie that was reminiscent of any Italian bakery I have every been to. I could have eaten my way through this place…easily.
I think that was all we ate. But this was all before 2pm! Ha! Granted, we didn’t quite finish everything we bought in one sitting, but we made sure to hang on to the sweets for an afternoon pick-me-up as we moved on about our day. Pike Place Market is a food lover’s dream. We didn’t even put a dent in the options served up here. PPM is worth returning to daily for almost any type of food fix! Who cares how crowded the market is? It’s totally worth it!
The Gum Wall is quickly becoming an official Seattle tourist attraction and a hot spot for IG photo ops! It’s a bit hidden in an alley just to the side of Pike Place, but you can smell the fruity lure of bubble gum from several feet away. Kind of gross, kind of fun, and a must see. Google it and read up on the story of how it all started. Can you believe I forgot to take gum to chew???
The first half of our day was so great, we could have called it quits right there and still felt accomplished. But…no way! Again, with such a short amount of time to see as much of Seattle as we could, we had to keep the pep in our step and move right along to the next adventure.
We just so happened to have had one ticket option left from our Seattle CityPass, so we decided to take this opportunity to get on the water and see the sights of Seattle from a different point of view. Included in the CityPass was a one hour Seattle harbor tour that would have been wonderful, I’m sure. We choose, however, to upgrade our ticket to the two hour Locks Cruise. Wow, were we glad we did.
We hopped on a charter bus that departed from the Argosy terminal at Pier 55 and shuttled us to the marina at Lake Union. From there we proceed to board the boat and spend the next couple of hours on the water, complete with a narrated tour and a transition through the Locks from fresh water to salt water. Hard to describe and I don’t want to spoil all of the fun. This was truly entertaining and I would highly recommend checking it out!
Anyone recognize this house??? Hint. It’s from a famous movie starring TH and MR. Clue? Movie title contains the name Seattle in it. 😉 On this tour, you ride right past it. Love it.
Anyone a fan of the show Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel? The Wizard is pictured right there in the middle. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s difficult to describe the beauty that is Seattle. These pictures do not even scratch the surface, but what we saw on the Locks Cruise only makes me want to visit Seattle again, and again.
Our day was full with great sights, but we couldn’t end it just yet. We made our way back to the Pike Place Market area for dinner at El Borracho Taqueria y Cantina (Because I’m from Texas and when I think Seattle I think Mexican food, right? Ummm, no. But we went anyway).
We decided to share a plate of nachos because I was still so full from our culinary adventures earlier in the day. Good stuff, but what my husband was most looking forward to was another visit to…
…Shug’s. He simply couldn’t help himself. My husband absolutely HAD to have the Affogato before calling it a night (espresso, ice cream, and whipped cream). He had declared we would return from our visit on Day 1, so we did. I was seriously too full to consume even one more bite. So, unfortunately, I can’t comment on the experience. Guess I’ll have to go back and get one of my own!
72 Hours in Seattle – Day 2
Well, that about wraps up 72 Hours in Seattle – Day 2. We ate so much, and it was totally worth it. We upgraded our boat tour tickets, and that was worth it too. Day 2 was a total success, and getting a good night’s rest to prepare for Day 3 was critical.
If you’ve live in or have been to Seattle, what is your favorite place to eat? Let me know in the comments! Did I catch it here? If not, I will be sure to add it to the list for the next visit.
If you missed 72 Hours in Seattle – Day 1, check it out now. Day 3 is next and it’s pretty AWESOME too!
Much love and many travels,