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Lowell's Restaurant: A User’s Guide
- Appetizer: house-cured fresh king salmon lox plate
- Entree: hot Dungeness crab melt with mozzarella and housemade bacon-tomato jam
- Drink: nonalcoholic basil-lemon-berry cooler with seasonal fruit and fresh lemonade
Where to Sit: If you want tableside service and great views, sit in the second floor's dining room. You'll either get an eyeful of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and the Port of Seattle, or you’ll peer out over Pike Place Market. On the first and third floors at Lowell's, customers order at the counter.
When to Go: Lowell's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as bar drinks. However, it stops serving dinner most nights at 6 p.m., so plan an early-bird supper if you want an evening meal.
- In the early 1900s, the spot Lowell's now operates was a combination coffee roaster/peanut roaster/cafeteria. The restaurant, Manning's Cafeteria, transformed into Lowell's in 1957.
- It bills itself as the "living room of Pike Place Market," where local families, tourists, and market workers can all gather.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Eat a Late Dinner: If Lowell's closes too early for your appetite, head there for pre-dinner drinks and then go out for seasonal French food at Place Pigalle (81 Pike Street), called a "hidden gem," by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Laugh the Night Away: Improv teams compete against each other at Unexpected Productions (1428 Post Alley), which also puts on other comedy shows.
Catch Some Live Music: The Showbox (1426 First Avenue) hosts acts like Black Flag, Guided by Voices, and Mark Lanegan.