We’re #Foodtripping to the Pacific Northwest this weekend at Roost with a special menu featuring the best seasonal ingredients this rugged, rainy region has to offer. To craft this menu, Executive Chef Brendan Arenth drew inspiration from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, a pilgrimage worth making for any serious foodie.
Opened in 1907, it is one of the oldest continuously operated farmers’ markets in America and offers a sprawling maze of vendors selling everything from fresh-caught fish to fresh-cut flowers. And not only does the market offer traditional goods, but it’s filled with surprises and sights around every corner like hidden coffee shops and even a landmark “gum wall.”
“Seattle is known for their fish markets, so many of the ingredients you’ll see tonight will be things you would find exploring Pike Place,” said Chef Arenth.
“Of course there will be seafood—salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab—but we’re also featuring other exciting, fresh ingredients like foraged Pacific mushrooms, Oregon cheddar, and fresh blackberries—all things native to the Pacific Northwest that you would find available this time of year.”
Wanting to travel to Pike Place after this weekend’s cuisine at Roost? Here are some of our insider tips to get the most out of your experience.
- Plan ahead
The market can be a confusing maze of vendors and trying to navigate it as a first timer can be daunting. Make the most of your time by mapping out your desired stops ahead of time.
- Wear your walking shoes
Pike Place stretches across nine acres and encompasses more than 200 unique owner-operated shops, 80 restaurants, and countless farms and artisans. Be prepared to do some walking if you want to see everything.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors
The vendors are happy to help tourists, and some even offer printed maps and tips of their own. If you’re feeling lost, don’t be afraid to stop and chat.
- Map out your favorite coffee shops
If you’re a coffee aficionado, one of the most exciting parts of exploring Pike Place can be taking a scavenger hunt to find the hidden coffee shops that are nestled throughout the market. One of our favorites is “Ghost Alley,” a standing-room-only small counter with some of the best coffee we’ve ever tried.
- Come hungry
Enjoy samples, bite-size delicacies and delicious sit-downs around every turn. You’ll find small bites like tacos, Greek yogurt, and chowder, plus countless restaurants offering fresh fish and more. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
Inspired by this #Foodtripping destination? Limited reservations are still available for our exclusive Pacific Northwest Menu, available September 21st and 22nd only at Roost. View the full menu and wine flight pairing by clicking here. Reservations are available at OpenTable or by calling 412-281-1616.