#sEATtle: Matt's In The Market

February 6, 2019

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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!

Matt's In The Market

Pike Place Market




The Seattle food scene is booming!  Every week there seems to be 3 new restaurant openings or new projects from our favorite chefs, so its easy to sometimes forget some of the old standards around town.  I was reminded of Matt's in the Market last week, and stopped by to see if it had become long in the tooth or was still serving up amazing dishes like it did the first time I went there a few years ago. 



Ceviche- Trust me, underneath that seemingly overbearing mountain of onions is a beautiful bowl of ceviche.  Delicate, with the perfect amount of tang from the vinegrette.  And believe it or not, the onions weren't too much!

Steamed mussels and clams-  I feel every restaurant in Seattle should have some sort of variation of this dish on its menu.  Top marks for this dish, as sometimes I find the broth a little too briney, but not here. 

Grilled Octopus-  Listen, this picture is terrible but the octopus was great. If you are still a "gross! tentacles!" person, I once again implore you to give it a chance.

Striped Bass-  Delicate, flakey, and not boring, which is sometimes a problem with white fish.  Star of the meal. 

Candy Bar Square-  salted caramel mousse, peanut butter nougat, chocolate cookie crumble, fried peanuts.  I don't even know what to add to that.  I mean, its like a fancy Snickers bar. 


We are truly lucky to live in a town with so many food options, but sometimes its good and important to remember our favorite "old" spots and get them back into rotation.  Much like friends, the ones that have been around the longest are still the best.  Matt's is no exception. 


Go here if... you want a truly great dining experience, from the food to the ambiance. 

Don't go here if...you only care about restaurants that pop up on the "new" section of Eater.  

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