Seattle Tales – Steelhead Diner

Kevin Davis, the owner-chef who’s made many cities “home”, from New Orleans to Paris to Adelaide to Seattle via Napa in the California Wine country, has enjoyed success with this restaurant gem inside the immensely popular Pike Place Public Market.

People generally give it high-marks, but it is never a sure-thing. Yet, it’s “on” target most of the time and the unique ambiance and location make it an important destination for locals as well as tourists. Some of the food is legendary, and the rest is better than most. It’s the limits of the space and the vagaries of the service and it’s popularity which sometimes trip it up.

But, it’s got a savvy chef at the helm and an innovative one at that! Chances are that you’ll find it special, even though it is in the hands now of the second-in-command, chef de cuisine Anthony Polizzi, as Kevin just opened his second Seattle restaurant, Blueacre, which will be tomorrow’s post. It’s an interesting story in itself!

Try the gumbo — the recipe is worthy of any Louisiana grandmother — it’s just everything the dish should be!

Try the Crab Cake — huge in flavor, hockey-puck sized and distinguished — standing above all the others in this city famous for crab!

Try the salmon rillette – smokey and perfectly spreadable.

Try the caviar pie at lunch — yes, it’s velvet perfection.

Try the sequimbled eggs at brunch, named for the city across the sound, Sequim. And, for an excellent ordinary meal, try the fish and chips!
Try, above all, the roasted salmon — a worthy signature dish in a city filled with hundreds of salmon concoctions. This one is unique, consistent and appreciated by just about everyone!

And, in a show of understanding to these times, many dishes are available in half-portions.

Steelhead Diner
Gumbo $9.95
Salmon $26.95/$17.95
Fish and chips $16.95

Steelhead Diner 95 Pine St., 625-0129. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Good for Groups: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street (can be tough to find space nearby)
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Good for Kids: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Take-out: Yes
Waiter Service: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes (some parts of the cafe have fabulous views)
Good for: Dinner

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