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Etta’s Seafood Near Pike Place, Seattle

September 9th, 2013 by
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Etta's Seafood, Seattle

While in Seattle for PAX Prime, we naturally took the opportunity to try out some of the local fare. I finally got around to eating some xiaolongbao soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung (overrated) and I indulged at The Cheesecake Factory (didn’t have any cheesecake), but I’d say one of my better dining experiences during that Labor Day long weekend was in the admittedly tourist-heavy area by Pike Place Market.

Based on the recommendations given to me by Lesley and Gladys, we made our way to Etta’s Seafood on Western Avenue. It was a Sunday, which meant that street parking was free and the Pike Place area was extra busy, so that meant that we had to wait around 20 minutes or so to get a table. The good news was that it was a beautiful day, so the patio was open and we could dine outdoors. The bad news was that the patio umbrella did little to block out the glaring sun, so I was mildly baking throughout our meal.

So, after settling in with our iced tea, we ordered our late brunch.

Etta's Seafood, Seattle

Even though Etta’s is clearly a seafood restaurant, they’re also pretty well known for their brunch menu. Of course, I couldn’t go to a seafood restaurant and not order any seafood. I chose a couple of fresh shucked oysters from the fresh sheet (about $2.50 each); I forget what they were called, but they’re from the Pacific Northwest.

They were fresh, to be sure, but they weren’t particularly meaty or juicy. That said, they had a nice briny flavor, which I enjoy. I’d put these oysters roughly on par with what I had at Rodney’s in Vancouver, but I think my favorites are still the Malpeque oysters I had at Joe Fortes.

Etta's Seafood, Seattle

Again, based on Gladys’ recommendation, I ordered the French toast with bacon. I’m not exactly sure what they do differently at Etta’s, but this was some fantastic French toast. It must be the bread. Or maybe it’s the bacon fat. Either way, there’s a wonderful buttery richness to it, offering a slightly crispy outside and a very tender inside. The vanilla mascarpone and huckleberry maple syrup were pretty nice too. While the Hawaiian sweet bread used for the French toast at Kona Kitchen had a distinct “chew” to it, it was definitely less pronounced here.

Etta's Seafood, Seattle

Etta's Seafood, Seattle

One of my dining companions had a soup and sandwich combo, while the other had a standard bacon and eggs, though the home fries are said to be cooked in bacon fat.

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Etta’s is a little on the pricier side of things. Most of the breakfast items are in the $15 range and indulging in some crab cakes could set you back over $20. This isn’t outrageous, to be sure, but it’s not exactly inexpensive either.

If you are down by Pike Place Market in Seattle, though, Etta’s Seafood is one place that is definitely worth checking out. If that French toast is any indication of what they have to offer, I’ll surely be back for some fresh seafood dinner soon. I’m sure the quality is far better than Crab Pot.

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3 Responses to “Etta’s Seafood Near Pike Place, Seattle”

  1. Lesley says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FRENCH TOAST. LOVE. MUST GO AGAIN. Yes, that deserved caps. Thanks so much to Gladys (who I can’t tag in this comment) for telling me to go get it!!

  2. Ray Ebersole says:

    Seriously, what’s up with the bacon on the French Toast? I have never, ever seen that in the US…Never, Ever.

  3. […] oysters at Merchant’s is in line with other establishments like Rodney’s Oyster Bar and Etta’s Seafood. A single oyster will run you $3, while a dozen can be had for $27. There are usuallly three or […]

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