Freaky Fries: What's better than Pike Place Chowder? Pike Place Chowder FRIES

All this week, Refined is on a quest to showcase some of the best french fries in Seattle. Each producer branched out to a new place in the city to search for the ultimate, most unique fry. We've already seen Brandon try Poutine O' the Sea, Malia taste short rib fries...and now it's John's turn!

The shops at Pacific Place sell lots of luxury items, designer purses, flashy sunglasses and solid gold clam chowder.

Ask anyone on the Seattle Refined team, and they'll tell you I love french fries the most. I also love chowder, so the two together? Sounded like a dream. READ MORE >

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Eating good food, overcoming fear of flying

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to spend a little time in Seattle with some of my cousins. My youngest cousin, C.J., works for American Express Travel and was on an assignment in the Seattle area for a month, and my oldest cousin, Sean, lives just outside Seattle in Bellevue, so it was a great excuse for me to take to the skies.

Only those closest to me know that a few years ago I developed a fear of flying. It is not debilitating enough to keep me home, but it is just enough to elevate my blood pressure and interrupt my sleep before I go on an adventure. In an effort to face my fears head-on, I booked a sightseeing trip aboard a two-man helicopter on my first day in Seattle. READ MORE >

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The Best Way To Spend Two Days In Seattle

Jack’s Fish Spot in the center of the market is an excellent pit stop for freshly steamed Dungeness crab or English-style fish and chips. If you’re in the mood for a hearty seafood soup, don’t hesitate to get in line at Pike Place Chowder. Usually boasting a 30-plus minute wait, this storied shop always has a line at least 20 people deep for its selection of chowders and lobster rolls (Pro tip: if you’re only getting chowder, order online and take it to go). READ MORE >

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A quick way for Richard Sherman to be loved

Pounding the sports beat with a whack-a-mole hammer, not to be confused with a guacamole squisher ...

•Richard Sherman, if you want to earn the love of the 49ers’ fans, promise them that when the 49ers beat the Seahawks in Seattle, you’ll set up a table at midfield, tie on a bib and scarf down a steaming bowl of Pike Place Chowder. I recommend the smoked salmon chowder, because in Seattle, they really know how to smoke stuff. READ MORE >

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Top 10 Restaurants In Seattle For First-Timers

Pike Place Chowder

This restaurant has won accolades from all over America. The lineups will be big, but that first spoonful is worth the hype and wait.

They carry eight varieties of chowder, from New England Clam Chowder to more exotic flavors like lime and coconut chowder.

When they opened, they added New England Clam Chowder to their Friday’s soup of the daily rotation.  Years later, their chowders win prestigious awards from many of the top food critics. 

When you come home from your visit to Seattle, they also ship their chowders across the country. This is a great stop for your first of many Restaurants in Seattle For First-Timers. READ MORE >

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There's a lot more to Seattle than the Space Needle and steamy cups of Joe. Any local will tell you the Emerald City is well on its way to becoming a top dining destination.

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Fans Vote Our House Bistro Chowda-Madness Champion

Westport, CT – Mirroring college basketball's March Madness, Chowdafest presented by Stop & Shop held its own bracketed competition pitting the sixteen all-time best competitors to ever have entered Chowdafest. Nearly 30,000 votes were cast over four weeks resulting in three-time champion Our House Bistro of Winooski, VT being named best who has ever competed at Chowdafest.

Our House Bistro was ranked 3rd overall and has won the creative category at Chowdafest for the last three years in a row. They will be looking to win a new category this fall as they are switching to the New England clam chowder category where a fellow 3-time champion will be waiting for them: Pike Place Chowder of Seattle. Pike Place Chowder competes in chowder competitions all over the country and has earned the unofficial title of America's Favorite Chowder. This will be the first time that the two crowd favorites will go head to head in the same category. READ MORE >

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The 10 Best Cheap Eats in Seattle

You don’t need big bucks to eat well in Seattle. You’ll find cheap eats scattered throughout the city, many with the same dedication to locally sourced, sustainable ingredients as Seattle’s top tables.

Cheap Eats in Seattle

From Pacific Northwest classic clam chowder to fantastic pho, here are 10 local restaurants that dish up cheap eats in Seattle.

Pike Place Chowder

Sometimes the best-known spots for cheap eats in Seattle are the best spots. So is the case with this tiny shop in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley. Prepare to wait, then order a big bowl of briny comfort,  with choices that include smoked salmon, crab and oysters, or seafood bisque. READ MORE>

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9 Must Try Restaurants In Downtown Seattle From A Seattlite

Pike Place Chowder

Recognized internationally as the best clam chowder in America, Pike Place Chowder boasts numerous awards including multi-year champions of clam chowder. Although the lines are usually at least 20 minutes long, this chowder is worth every minute of the wait. I would stand in line with tourists every week just to get their New England Chowder because it is just that good. READ MORE >

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When It Comes to Chowder, Is the West Coast the Best Coast?

Like Duke’s, Seattle standby Pike Place Chowder uses East Coast clams in their signature chowder. “We don’t put a strong focus on using regional ingredients because it would really restrict what we serve,” said Marketing Director Charlotte Cook. Instead, they focus on just making their clam chowder the best it can be. Though they have 8 varieties of chowder on their menu, Cook said that roughly 90% of their business comes from the classic: New England Clam Chowder.

Pike Place Chowder does, however, offer a few soups that use flavors and seafood from the Pacific Northwest. The two most notable are Smoked Salmon Chowder, which uses local salmon and Oregon bay shrimp, and the Crab and Oyster. (Pike Place founder calls the former “lox and bagels without the bagel,” which I am absolutely on board with.) READ MORE >

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Your Weekend with Susan Wiggs

Join New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs in her hometown, Bainbridge Island, WA and downtown Seattle for three days of family, friends and fiction Eat . Drink . Play . Exhale

Interested in taking a signature guided food tour of Pike Place Market? This is a private 2 hour tour with 16+ bites including daily dozen donuts, Pike Place Chowder, Chukar Cherries, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Russian pastries, Iron Chef winner Tom Douglas’ crab cakes, Jonboy Caramels, Filipino eats. See fish fly, cheese being made, and the “original” Starbucks store. Skip the lines and experience all of what Pike Place Market has to offer! READ MORE >

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6 Fun Facts about the Pike Place Market

The Pike Place Market is home to a number of companies that have now expanded locally, nationally and even internationally; but to trade in the market, it has to be your birth spot (that is, your first place of business).  The first ever Starbucks is located here, along with other local favorites like Pike Place Chowder, Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Piroshky Piroshky. READ MORE >

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Pike Place Chowder's Secret Recipe Gives the East Coast a Run For Its Money

Clam chowder is traditionally associated with the East Coast  —  so much so that the two most prominent styles of the hearty soup reflect the relation in their names: New England and Manhattan. But one establishment in Seattle called Pike Place Chowder — located in the beloved Pike Place Market — began entering chowder cook-offs in the 1990s on the both coasts, and absolutely destroyed the competition with their secret recipe. Now, they're serving up steaming bowls of multiple chowder varieties to lines of locals and tourists each day.

Join Lucas Peterson, host of Dining on a Dime, as he samples this venerable East Coast dish that has been thoroughly co-opted by the Pacific Northwest. Peterson samples the New England version, thickened with milk or cream, as well as the Manhattan version, which is red because of the addition of tomatoes.

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