#sEATtle- Duke's Chowder House

January 17, 2019

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

Duke's Seafood and Chowder

3327 Ruston Way in Tacoma




Before I moved to Seattle, I remember invisioning what it would be like to live there.  In my head, I pictured coffee stands and bands playing on every corner....in the rain.  I also invisioned passing oyster shuckers and fish and chips places every few blocks as I made my way up to my trendy Capitol Hill apartment on the way home after work each day.  Well I was certainly correct about the coffee thing, but boy was I off when it came to the seafood thing.  Its pretty crazy, when you think about it, how few places there are to get decent seafood at a reasonable price in this town. Let alone fish and chips! So when I was down in Tacoma doing some filming and came across Duke's Chowder House, you bet your ass I went in to have a look..and a taste.  



Crab Cakes.  They like to call this the 'un'cake because theres so much crab it barely stays together, which is fairly accurate.  I get down on crab cakes heavily, and I am happy to say that these little guys are the jam!  Tons of crab, and a really good zesty sauce to dunk them in.  Great start! 

Clam Chowder.  I mean, is there anything worse than going to a place that has a famous menu item only to try it and be underwhelmed?  Thankfully, Duke's really does nail clam chowder, among a TON of other options.  Super creamy, and top marks for actually using a ton of clams in their recipe.  I'm always amazed at how many chowders I come across where I have to fish around for pieces of that sweet sweet mollusk. 

Prawn and Dungeness Crab Cocktail-  Hell yes. What else do you want me to say about this?  The cocktail sauce was awesome, and have you ever had bad Dungeness crab?  Of course you haven't.

Pan Seared Wild Salmon-  The salmon was cooked perfectly, which you'd expect, but to be fair I didn't really find the glaze to be all that great.  


Go here if...you want a good old fashioned seafood dinner, complete with a killer bowl of chowder. 

Don't go here if...you are looking for a modern menu with a bunch of different types of fish.